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Title:
COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A JEWELRY ITEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/186423
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A link component (10A-10D) is described for assembling a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure. Each link component consists of an internally hollow body comprising a pair of side surfaces (12, 14) substantially opposed to and spaced from each other, one or more junction elements (28, 30) for connecting the side surfaces, at least one connecting arm (16; 18), which projects outwards from one of the side surfaces, and at least one through opening (20; 22), obtained on the opposed side surface. The connecting arm of a first link component is designed to be inserted into a corresponding through opening of a second adjacent link component to connect these two link components. At least one pin (24) having a substantially polyhedral shape and having overall dimensions smaller than the overall dimensions of such connecting arm is provided on one of the side surfaces, in addition to the connecting arm, whereas a corresponding connecting through hole (26) having shape and dimensions substantially equal to those of the pin is provided on the opposed side surface. The pin of a link component is designed to be inserted into a corresponding connecting through hole of an adjacent link component, so as to prevent a relative movement of rotation around the axis of the pin, between such adjacent link components in an assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

Inventors:
BONFANTE, Vincenzo (Via Goito 3, Valenza, 15048, IT)
Application Number:
IB2019/052493
Publication Date:
October 03, 2019
Filing Date:
March 27, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BONFANTE, Vincenzo (Via Goito 3, Valenza, 15048, IT)
International Classes:
A44C11/00; A44C5/10
Domestic Patent References:
WO2011086514A22011-07-21
WO2016059655A12016-04-21
Foreign References:
EP0499189A11992-08-19
US1210624A1917-01-02
EP2789253A12014-10-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
OTTAZZO, Marco et al. (Giambrocono & C. S.p.A, Via R. Pilo 19/B, Milano, 20129, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A link component (10A-10D) for assembling a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, each link component (10A-10D) consisting of an internally hollow body comprising:

a first side surface (12) and a second side surface (14) substantially opposed to and spaced from each other;

- one or more junction elements (28, 30) for connecting said first side surface (12) to said second side surface (14), said one or more junction elements (28, 30) being integrally formed with said first side surface (12) and said second side surface (14);

- at least one connecting arm (16; 18) which projects outwards from said first side surface (12); and

- at least one through opening (20; 22), obtained on said second side surface (14),

wherein said connecting arm (16; 18) of a first link component (10A) is designed to be inserted into a corresponding through opening (20; 22) of a second adjacent link component (10B) to connect said first link component (10A) to said second link component (10B), each link component (10A-10D) being characterized in that at least one pin (24) having a substantially polyhedral shape and having overall dimensions smaller than the overall dimensions of said at least one connecting arm (16; 18) is provided on a portion of said first side surface (12) or of said second side surface (14), in addition to said at least one connecting arm (16; 18), and in that a corresponding connecting through hole (26) having shape and dimensions substantially equal to those of said at least one pin (24) is provided on a portion of the side surface opposed to that including said at least one pin (24), the pin (24) of a first link component (10A) being designed to be inserted into a corresponding connecting through hole (26) of a second adjacent link component (10B) in a shape coupling manner, so as to prevent a relative movement of rotation around the axis (A) of the pin, between said first link component (10A) and said second link component (10B) in an assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

2. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 1 , characterized in that said pin (24) has a substantially parallelepiped shape and said connecting through hole (26) has a substantially rectangular shape, said pin (24) having a width (L1 ) and a height (H1 ) equal to about 95 % of the width (L2) and of the height (H2) respectively of its corresponding connecting through hole (26).

3. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the junction elements (28, 30) comprise a bottom surface (28) and a top surface (30), said bottom surface (28) and said top surface (30) being substantially parallel to each other and orthogonal to said first side surface (12) and to said second side surface (14), so that each link component (10A-10D) has a substantially parallelepiped shape.

4. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 3, characterized in that said pin (24) is provided on the first side surface (12), whereas said connecting through hole (26) is provided on the second side surface (14).

5. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 4, characterized in that said pin (24) is placed above the connecting arm (16; 18) and said connecting through hole (26) is placed above the through opening (20; 22) as referred to the position of the bottom surface (28).

6. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 1 to 5, characterized in that said connecting arm (16) has a substantially parallelepiped shape and extends along a second axis (B) substantially parallel to said axis (A) of the pin (24) and orthogonal to said first side surface (12), wherein said connecting arm (16) is provided with a through hole (34), oriented along a third axis which is substantially perpendicular to said second axis (B), and wherein said through hole (34) is designed to receive a fastening plug (36).

7. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 6, characterized in that said side surface (14) on which said connecting through hole (26) is obtained is also provided with an end tooth (38), facing the opposed side surface (12) and designed to operate as an end-of-stroke for said fastening plug (36) whenever it is inserted into the through hole (34) of the connecting arm (16) of an adjacent link component (10A-10D).

8. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 1 to 7, characterized in that said connecting arm (18) is substantially L-shaped and comprises a first portion (18A), which projects from said first side surface (12) and is substantially orthogonal to said first side surface (12), and a second portion (18B), which extends from said first portion (18A) and is substantially parallel to said first side surface (12).

9. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 8, characterized in that said at least one pin (24) is provided on a portion of the first side surface (12) on which said connecting arm (18) is obtained, and in that said at least one pin (24) is integrally formed with the first portion (18A) of said connecting arm (18).

10. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 9, characterized in that said pin (24) and said first portion (18A) of the connecting arm (18) are integrally formed as a single piece and their cross sections are substantially parallelepiped- shaped, whereas said through opening (22) also operates as a connecting through hole for said pin (24) and has a substantially rectangular shape.

1 1. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 10, characterized in that said single piece formed of the pin (24) and the first portion (18A) of the connecting arm (18) has a width (L1 ) and a height (H1 ) equal to about 95 % of the width (L2) and of the height (H2) respectively of its corresponding through opening (22).

12. The link component (10A-10D) according to claim 10 or 1 1 , characterized in that said pin (24) is placed above the first portion (18A) of said connecting arm (18), as referred to the position of the bottom surface (28).

13. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 10 to 12, characterized in that a rounded portion (18C) is interposed between the first portion (18A) and the second portion (18B) of said connecting arm (18), so as to assist the insertion movement of said connecting arm (18) of a first link component (10A) into its corresponding through opening (22) of a second adjacent link component (10B).

14. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 10 to 13, characterized in that it comprises a bottom surface (28) provided with at least one notch (40) designed to accommodate the free end of the second portion (18B) of said L-shaped connecting arm (18) in an assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

15. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 3 to 14, characterized in that it comprises one or more window openings (32) interposed between said bottom surface (28), said top surface (30), and said first side surface (12) and second side surface (14).

16. The link component (10A-10D) according to any claims 3 to 15, characterized in that said top surface (30) is provided with two or more tips (42) between which at least one decorative stone is intended to be secured.

17. A jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, characterized in that it comprises a plurality of link components (10A-10D) according to any claims 1 to 16.

18. A method for assembling a jewellery item according to claim 17, comprising the following steps:

- providing a first link component (10A) and at least one second link component (1 OB);

- inserting the connecting arm (16; 18) of said first link component (10A) into a corresponding through opening (20; 22) of said second link component (10B), so as to move the first side surface (12) of said first link component (10A) closer to the second side surface (14) of said second link component (10B);

- inserting the pin (24) of one of said first link component (10A) and said second link component (10B) into a corresponding connecting through hole (26) of the adjacent link component (10B), so as to connect the first side surface (12) of said first link component (10A) to the second side surface (14) of said second link component (10B) and prevent a relative movement of rotation, around the axis (A) of the pin (24), between said first link component (10A) and said second link component (10B);

- fastening said first link component (10A) and said second link component (10B) through a welding operation performed on the connecting arm (16; 18) of said first link component (10A) and on a certain surface of said second link component (10B), so as to only allow an angular movement of said first link component (10A) and of said second link component (10B) with respect to the junction plane of their respective first side surface (12) and second side surface (14).

19. The method according to claim 18, wherein said connecting arm (16) has a substantially parallelepiped shape and extends along a second axis (B) substantially parallel to said axis (A) of the pin (24) and orthogonal to said first side surface (12), wherein the step of moving the first side surface (12) of said first link component (10A) closer to the second side surface (14) of said second link component (10B) is performed along said axis (A) of the pin (24) and said second axis (B), and wherein the step of securing said first link component (10A) and said second link component (1 OB) comprises the further steps of:

- inserting a fastening plug (36) into a through hole (34) obtained on the connecting arm (16) of said first link component (10A), said through hole (34) being oriented along a third axis which is substantially perpendicular to said second axis (B);

- bringing said fastening plug (36) in abutment against an end tooth (38) obtained on the second side surface (14) of said second link component (10B); and

- welding said fastening plug (36) inside said through hole (34).

20. The method according to claim 18, wherein said connecting arm (18) is substantially L-shaped and comprises a first portion (18A), which projects from said first side surface (12) and is substantially orthogonal to said first side surface

(12), and a second portion (18B), which extends from said first portion (18A) and is substantially parallel to said first side surface (12), wherein the step of moving the first side surface (12) of said first link component (10A) closer to the second side surface (14) of said second link component (10B) is performed by sliding firstly said second portion (18B) of the connecting arm (18), then said first portion (18A) of the connecting arm (18), within the connecting through hole (26) of the adjacent link component (10B), and wherein the step of fastening said first link component (10A) and said second link component (10B) comprises the following further steps:

- folding the second portion (18B) of the connecting arm (18) of said first link component (10A) towards a bottom surface (28) of said first link component

(10A);

- introducing the free end of the second portion (18B) of said connecting arm (18) into a corresponding notch (40) obtained on said bottom surface (28); and

- welding said free end inside said notch (40).

Description:
COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A JEWELRY ITEM

The present invention is in general related to a jewellery item and, in particular, to a component and a method for manufacturing a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, such as, for example, a necklace or a so-called “tennis” bracelet.

As is known, a“tennis” bracelet is composed by a continuous series of signet or link components, which link to each other to form a flexible structure featuring a longitudinal development. A similar chain-link structure can also be used to implement jewellery items different from a bracelet such as, for example, a necklace or an anklet. In order to form said chain-link structure, each signet or link component is provided with a respective coupling element for coupling with an adjacent signet or link component. This coupling element might be comprised of, for example, a properly shaped connecting arm.

Upon assembling a jewellery item, the operator subsequently links the individual signet or link components sequentially, through a number of specific operations performed on the coupling element of each signet or link component. These operations usually consist of introducing a coupling element of a given signet or link component into a corresponding coupling portion of an adjacent signet or link component, properly folding such coupling element, and subsequently welding such coupling element on a certain surface of the adjacent signet or link component.

Irrespective of the type of jewellery item manufactured according to said technique, such jewellery item shall in any case make it possible for the individual links to angularly move one with respect to the other. In this way, the jewellery item can result sufficiently flexible to fit a specific anatomical part of a user, such as, for example, his/her respective wrist.

At least a part of the signet or link components of a jewellery item might also be provided with respective decorative stones, such as, for example, precious or semi-precious stones. In this configuration, it is essential that the signet or link components of the jewellery item do not undergo relative twists around the longitudinal axis of the jewellery item itself. Otherwise, some signet or link components might undergo such offsets as to at least partially conceal the decorative stones when the jewellery item is worn. In addition to that, any offsets of the signet or link components might weaken the reciprocal connection of the signet or link components themselves and cause the jewellery item to get broken over time.

For example, WO 201 1/086514 A2 discloses a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure wherein each link is provided with two connecting arms parallel to each other on a respective side surface and with two corresponding through openings on the opposite side surface to receive the connecting arms of an adjacent link. However, the dimensions of the through openings are considerably greater than the cross-sectional dimensions of the connecting arms. Whereas this feature assists the linking operations, on the other hand it does not prevent the relative twists that might occur between the links around the longitudinal axis of the jewellery item. Conversely, EP 2789253 A1 discloses a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure wherein the connecting arms of each link insert into grooved portions (instead of through openings) of an adjacent link. Then the connecting arms undergo a subsequent folding to make it possible to link the structure of the jewellery item.

An object of the present invention is therefore to provide a jewellery item, in particular a component and a method for manufacturing a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, that is capable of solving the above-mentioned drawbacks of the known art in and extremely simple, cost-effective, and particularly functional manner.

In details, an object of the present invention is to implement a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure that is capable of preventing, or at least minimizing, the reciprocal twist of its respective signet or link components.

Another object of the present invention is to implement a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure that is capable of making the reciprocal connection between adjacent signet or link components more stable and lasting as compared to similar jewellery items according the prior art.

These objects according to the present invention are achieved by implementing a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, a respective link, and a respective manufacturing method as set forth in the independent claims.

Further features of the invention are highlighted in the dependent claims, which are an integral part of the present disclosure. The features and advantages of a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure according to the present invention will be more apparent from the following description, which is an explanatory non-limitative one and makes reference to the attached schematic drawings, wherein:

figure 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of a link component according to the present invention;

figure 2 is a side view of the link component illustrated in figure 1 ;

figure 3 is a side view of some link components illustrated in figure 1 , shown in a linking step;

figure 4 is a side view of some link components illustrated in figure 1 , shown in a further linking step;

figure 5 is a perspective view of some link components as that illustrated in figure 1 , shown in the linking step illustrated in figure 4;

figure 6 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of a link component according to the present invention;

figure 7 is a side view of the link component illustrated in figure 6;

figure 8 is a side view of some link components as that illustrated in figure 6, shown in a linking step;

figure 9 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of a link component according to the present invention;

figure 10 is another perspective view of the link component illustrated in figure 9;

figure 11 is a side view of the link component illustrated in figure 9;

figure 12 is a perspective view of some link components as that illustrated in figure 9, shown in a linking step;

figures 13 and 14 show a first embodiment of the link component illustrated in figure 9, in a perspective view and in a side view respectively; and

figures 15 and 16 show a second embodiment of the link component illustrated in figure 9 in a perspective view and a side view respectively.

With reference to the figures, a number of preferred embodiments of a link component 10A-10D according to the present invention are shown. The link components 10A-10D are configured for assembling a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure, preferably but not exclusively comprised of a so-called“tennis” bracelet. Each link component 10A-10D substantially consists of an internally hollow body, comprising a first side surface 12 and a second side surface 14 substantially opposed to and spaced from each other. Preferably, as shown in figures 1 -12 and 15-16, the first side surface 12 and the second side surface 14 consist of respective flat and continuous walls. However, there is no preclusion to further embodiments, as it will be better specified below with reference to figures 13 and 14. The first side surface 12 and the second side surface 14 are permanently connected to each other via one or more junction elements 28 and 30, forming one piece together with the first side surface 12 and the second side surface 14.

According to the embodiments illustrated in the figures, the junction elements 28 and 30 form a bottom surface 28 and a top surface 30 of each link component 10A-10D. The bottom surface 28 is that surface which is intended for getting in contact with a user’s body, hence it is a normally non-visible surface, whereas the top surface 30 is the visible surface of the jewellery item. Preferably the bottom surface 28 and the top surface 30 of each link component 10A-10D are substantially parallel to each other and orthogonal to the first side surface 12 and to the second side surface 14, so that each link component 10A-10D has a substantially parallelepiped shape. Each link component 10A-10D is also provided with at least one connecting arm 16, 18, which project outwards from the first side surface 12, and at least one through opening 20, 22, obtained on the second, opposed side surface 14. The connecting arm 16, 18 of a given link component 10A is designed to be inserted into a corresponding through opening 20, 22 of an adjacent link component 10B to join the first link component 10A with such adjacent link component 10B.

According to the invention, at least one pin 24, featuring a substantially polyhedral shape and having overall dimensions smaller than the overall dimensions of the connecting arm 16 or 18, is provided in addition to such connecting arm 16 or 18 on a portion of either side surface 12 or 14 of each link component 10A-10D, which preferably is the first side surface 12 on which the connecting arm 16 or 18 is obtained. Accordingly, a corresponding through connecting hole 26 having a shape and dimensions substantially equal to those of the pin 24 is provided on the opposed side surface 14 or 12 of each link component 10A-10D, which preferably is the second side surface 14 on which the through opening 20 is obtained. The pin 24 of a given link component 10A is thus designed to be inserted into a corresponding connecting through hole 26 of an adjacent link component 10B in a shape coupling manner and with a very small clearance. In this way, a relative movement of rotation around the axis A of the pin, between the first link component 10A and the adjacent link component 10B, is prevented, or at least considerably limited, in the assembled configuration of the jewellery item.

In order to prevent a relative movement of rotation of the link components 10A-10D, while retaining ease of linking for jewellery items featuring a so-called “tennis” chain-link structure, the pin 24 of each link 10A-10D is placed above its respective connecting arm 16, 18, as referred to the position of the bottom surface 28. Consequently, the connecting through hole 26 of each link 10A-10D is in turn placed above its respective through opening 20, 22, as referred to the position of the bottom surface 28.

Preferably, the pin 24 has a substantially parallelepiped shape and, consequently, the connecting through hole 26 has a substantially rectangular shape. In order to provide for a shape coupling with a very small clearance, the pin 24 has a width L1 and a height H1 equal to about 95 % of the width L2 and of the height H2 respectively of its corresponding connecting through hole 26. In other words, each pin 24 is just a little smaller than its corresponding connecting through hole 26. In this way, the insertion of each pin 24 of a given link component 10A in its corresponding connecting through hole 26 of the adjacent link component 10B is facilitated. In addition, this feature enables a jewellery item as a whole to bend and fit a specific anatomical part of a user, while preventing the individual link components 10A-10D from twisting one with respect to the other.

Preferably the pin 24 having a substantially parallelepiped shape has a length T1 , as measured in the direction of its own axis A, which substantially equals the thickness T2 of the second side surface 14. In this way, in an assembled configuration of two link components 10A and 10B adjacent to each other, the pin 24 of a given link component 10A does not project beyond the inner wall of the side surface 14 of the adjacent link component 10B.

Conveniently one or more window opening 32 can be obtained between the first side surface 12, the second side surface 14, the bottom surface 28, and the top surface 30. These window openings 32 are configured to assist the linking and welding operations between the various adjacent link components 10A-10D. As a matter of fact, it is possible for an operator to perform a variety of operations, such as for example the welding operations described below more in details, by introducing the specific tools within these window openings 32.

Two or more tips 42, between which at least one decorative stone P, such as for example a precious or semi-precious stone, is intended to be secured (figures 13 and 14), can be provided on the top surface 30 of one or more link components 10A-10D of the jewellery item. Alternatively, the top surface 30 of one or more link components 10A-10D can be worked in an intrinsically known manner.

According to the first embodiment of the link components 10A-10D illustrated in figures 1 to 5, the connecting arm 16 of each link component 10A-10D has a substantially parallelepiped shape and extends along a second axis B which is substantially parallel to the axis A of the pin 24, as well as orthogonal to the first side surface 12 which such connecting arm 16 projects from. Accordingly, each connecting arm 16 is provided with a through hole 34 oriented along a third axis which is substantially perpendicular to the second axis B. Each through hole 34 is designed for introducing a fastening plug 36.

The side surface 14 of each link component 10A-10D, on which the connecting through hole 26 is obtained, is conversely provided with an end tooth 38 facing the inner wall of such side surface 14 or, in other words, the opposed side surface 12. The end tooth 38 of a given link component 10A-10D is designed for operating as an end-of-stroke for the fastening plug 36 whenever it is inserted into the through hole 34 of the connecting arm 16 of an adjacent link component 10A-10D.

According to a second embodiment of the link components 10A-10D illustrated in figures 6 to 8, the connecting arm 18 of each link component 10A- 10D is substantially L-shaped and comprises a first portion 18A, which projects from the first side surface 12 and is substantially orthogonal to such first side surface 12, and a second portion 18B, which extends from the first portion 18A and is substantially parallel to the first side surface 12. According to this embodiment, each link component 10A-10D comprises a bottom surface 28 provided with at least one notch 40 designed to accommodate the free end of the second portion 18B of its own L-shaped connecting arm 18 in an assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

According to a third embodiment of the link components 10A-10B illustrated in figures 9 to 16, the connecting arm 18 of each link component 10A-10B is also substantially L-shaped and comprises a first portion 18A, which projects from the first side surface 12 and is substantially orthogonal to such first side surface 12, and a second portion 18B, which extends from the first portion 18A and is substantially parallel to the first side surface 12. Preferably, a rounded portion 18B is interposed between the first portion 18A and the second portion 18B of each connecting arm 18, so as to assist the insertion movement of the connecting arm 18 of a given link component 10A in its corresponding through opening 22 of an adjacent link component 10B.

So, each link component 10A-10B comprises a bottom surface 28 provided with at least one notch 40 designed to accommodate the free end of the second portion 18B of its own L-shaped connecting arm 18 in an assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

According to this third embodiment of the link components 10A-10B illustrated in figures 9 to 16, at least one pin 24 having a substantially polyhedral shape, integrally formed as a single piece with the first portion 18A of such connecting arm 18, is provided on a portion of the first side surface 12 on which the connecting arm 18 is obtained. The pin 24 of a given link component 10A is thus designed to be inserted into the through opening 22 of an adjacent link component 10B, in a shape coupling manner and with a very small clearance, where such through opening 22 also operates as a connecting through hole for the pin 24 itself. In this way, a relative movement of rotation around the axis A of the pin 24, between the first link component 10A and the adjacent link component 10B is prevented, or at least considerably limited, in the assembled configuration of a jewellery item.

In order to prevent a relative movement of rotation of the link components

10A-10B, while retaining ease of linking for jewellery items featuring a so-called “tennis” chain-link structure, the pin 24 of each link 10A-10B is in this case too placed above the first portion 18A of such respective connecting arm 18, as referred to the position of the bottom surface 28.

Preferably, the pin 24 and the first portion 18A of the connecting arm 18, which are integrally formed as a single piece, have a substantially parallelepiped shaped cross section. Consequently, the through opening 22, which also operates as a connecting through hole for the pin 24, has a substantially rectangular shape. To make it possible a shape coupling with a very small clearance, the single piece formed of the pin 24 and the first portion 18A of the connecting arm 18 has a width L1 and a height H1 equal to about 95 % of the width L2 and of the height H2 respectively of its corresponding through opening 22. In other words, each single- piece body formed of the pin 24 and the first portion 18A of the connecting arm 18 of a given link component 10A is just slightly smaller than its corresponding through opening 22 of the adjacent link component 10B. In this way, the insertion of the connecting arm 18 and its respective pin 24 of a given link component 10A in its corresponding through opening 22 of the adjacent link component 10B is facilitated. In addition, this feature allows for a jewellery item as a whole to bend and fit a specific anatomical part of a user, while preventing the various link components 10A-10B from twisting one with respect to the other.

Preferably the pin 24 having a substantially parallelepiped shape has a length T1 , as measured in the direction of its own axis A, which substantially equals the thickness T2 of the second side surface 14. In this way, in an assembled configuration of two link components 10A and 10B adjacent to each other, the pin 24 of a given link component 10A does not project beyond the inner wall of the side surface 14 of the adjacent link component 10B.

Conveniently, in the third embodiment of the link components 10A-10B, one or more window openings 32 can be provided between the first side surface 12, the second side surface 14, the bottom surface 28, and the top surface 30. These window openings 32 are configured to assist the linking and welding operations between the various adjacent link components 10A-10B. As a matter of fact, it is possible for an operator to perform a variety of operations, by introducing the specific tools within these window openings 32. In the third embodiment of the link component 10A-10B too, two or more tips 42, between which at least one decorative stone P, such as for example a precious or semi-precious stone is intended to be secured (figures 13 and 14), can be provided on the top surface 30. Alternatively, the top surface 30 of one or more link components 10A-10B can be worked in an intrinsically known manner.

As shown in the embodiments illustrated in figures 13 to 16, the shape of the link components 10A-10B can vary as a function of the actual requirements. For example, the cross section of the junction elements 28 and 30 might have a quadrangular shape (figures 15 and 16), a substantially circular shape (figures 13 and 14), or even other types of shape. Likewise, the tips 42 might also have a substantially pyramidal shape (figures 9 to 12), cylindrical shape (figures 13 and 14), parallelepiped shape (figures 15 and 16) or even other types of shape. In any case, the shape of the connecting arm 18, the pin 24, and the through opening 22 remain substantially identical, so as to guarantee an optimum assembling of a jewellery item through the following method.

So, the method for assembling a jewellery item by using the link components 10A-10D described so far comprises the following operating steps. Starting from a first link component 10A, the connecting arm 16 or 18 of such first link component 10A is first inserted into its corresponding through opening 20 or 22 of a second adjacent link component 10B, so as to move the first side surface 12 of the first link component 10A closer to the second side surface 14 of the second adjacent link component 10B.

Then, while the first side surface 12 of the first link component 10A is moved closer to the second side surface 14 of the second adjacent link component 10B, the pin 24 of one of these link components, which is the first link component 10A in the examples illustrated above, is inserted into its corresponding connecting through hole 26 of the adjacent link component 10B. In this way, the first side surface 12 of the first link component 10A is joined to the second side surface 14 of the second adjacent link component 10B, while preventing any relative movement of rotation around the axis A of the pin 24, between the just linked first link component 10A and the second link component 10B.

At this point, the two just linked link components 10A and 10B are secured to each other. This operation is performed by welding the connecting arm 16 or 18 of the first link component 10A to a determined surface of the second adjacent link component 10B, so as to only allow an angular movement of the two link components 10A and 10B with respect to the junction plane of their respective first side surface 12 and second side surface 14.

In the embodiment illustrated in figures 1 to 5, wherein the connecting arm 16 has a substantially parallelepiped shape and extends parallel to the pin 24, the step of moving the first side surface 12 of the first link component 10A closer to the second side surface 14 of the second link component 10B is performed along the parallel axes A and B of such pin 24 and such connecting arm 16 respectively. Once the two link components 10A and 10B of the type shown in figure 1 are linked, the following further steps are performed in order to secure them:

- inserting a fastening plug 36 into the through hole 34 obtained on the connecting arm 16 of the first link component 10A;

- abutting the fastening plug 36 against the end tooth 38 obtained on the second side surface 14 of the second link component 10B; and

- welding the fastening plug 36 within its respective through hole 34.

In the embodiment illustrated in figures 6 to 16, wherein the connecting arm 18 is substantially L-shaped, the step of moving the first side surface 12 of the first link component 10A closer to the second side surface 14 of the second link component 10B is performed by sliding firstly the second portion 18B of the connecting L-shaped arm 18, then the first portion 18A of such connecting L- shaped arm 18, within the connecting through hole 26 of the adjacent link component 10B. The through opening 22 of each link component 10A-10D might be provided with a widened central portion 44 to assist this operation.

Once the two link components 10A and 10B of the type shown in figures 6 to 16 are linked, the following further steps are performed to secure them:

- folding the second portion 18B of the connecting arm 18 of the first link component 10A towards the bottom surface 28 of the first link component 10A itself;

- introducing the free end of the second portion 18B of the connecting arm 18 into a corresponding notch 40 obtained on the bottom surface 28; and

- welding such free end within the notch 40.

The foregoing demonstrates that a jewellery item featuring a chain-link structure according to the present invention achieves the previously highlighted objects.

A thus conceived jewellery item having a chain-link structure according to the present invention is in any case susceptible of numerous modifications and variants, all of them falling within one and the same inventive concept; also, all details are replaceable by technically equivalent elements. In practice, the material used, as well as shapes and dimensions, might be whatsoever depending on the technical requirements. The scope of protection of the invention is therefore that set forth by the following claims.