lucy24 - 3:24 am on Jun 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
But when I try to put it back into the database, the characters don't show as UTF-8.
The same database, or a new one? (That is, a separate physical file.)
Got a nasty feeling your database is digging in its heels and refusing to cooperate because it can't convert and reinterpret at the same time.