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Title:
JEWELLERY ITEM COMPRISING AN ELASTIC ELEMENT AND A PLURALITY OF ORNAMENTAL ELEMENTS THREADED ONE AFTER THE OTHER ON THE ELASTIC ELEMENT SO AS TO BE SLIDABLE RELATIVE THERETO AND CONNECTED IN TWOS TO ONE ANOTHER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/122727
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The jewellery item comprises an elastic element (12), which extends along an extension direction (s) of the item (10) through the entire length of the item (10), and a plurality of ornamental elements (14), which are threaded one after the other on the elastic element (12) so as to be slidable relative to the elastic element (12) and are non-releasably connected in twos to one another. Each ornamental element (14) comprises a hollow body (20) having a pair of longitudinally opposite first faces (20a, 20b), namely a right-hand face (20a) and a left-hand face (20b), respectively, and a pair of radially opposite second faces (20c, 20d), namely an inner face (20c) and an outer face (20d), respectively. The right-hand face (20a) of each ornamental element (14) has a through opening (24) communicating with an inner cavity (22) of the ornamental element (14). Each ornamental element (14) also comprises a nose (20) which extends longitudinally from the left-hand face (20b) of the body (20). The nose (30) is provided, at the free end thereof, with a pair of detent teeth (32) and is adapted to enter the inner cavity (22) of the body (20) of an ornamental element (14). Each ornamental element (14) is also provided with locking means (36) arranged to cooperate with the detent teeth (32) of the nose (30) of an adjacent ornamental element (14) to prevent each pair of adjacent ornamental elements (14) from disengaging from each other.

Inventors:
DEMEGLIO ROBERTO (IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IB2017/058410
Publication Date:
July 05, 2018
Filing Date:
December 27, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ROBERTO DEMEGLIO S P A (IT)
International Classes:
A44C5/02; A44C11/00
Foreign References:
FR1108213A1956-01-10
DE20108587U12001-09-06
GB2505172A2014-02-26
US1515499A1924-11-11
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
RONDANO, Davide et al. (IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. Jewellery item (10), in particular bracelet, necklace or ring, comprising an elastic element (12), which extends along an extension direction (s) of the item (10) through the entire length of the item (10), and a plurality of ornamental elements (14), which are threaded one after the other on the elastic element (12) so as to be slidable relative to the elastic element (12) and are non-releasably connected in twos to one another,

wherein each ornamental element (14) comprises a hollow body (20) having a pair of longitudinally opposite first faces (20a, 20b), namely a right-hand face (20a) and a left-hand face (20b), respectively, and a pair of radially opposite second faces (20c, 20d), namely an inner face (20c) and an outer face (20d), respectively,

wherein the right-hand face (20a) of each ornamental element (14) has a through opening (24) communicating with an inner cavity (22) of the ornamental element (14),

wherein each ornamental element (14) further comprises a nose (20) which is made in one piece with the body (20) and projects longitudinally from the left-hand face (20b) of the body (20), the nose (30) being provided, at its free end, with at least one detent tooth (32) and being adapted to enter the inner cavity (22) of the body (20) of an adjacent ornamental element (14) passing through the through opening (24) provided in the right-hand face (20a) of this latter ornamental element (14),

wherein each ornamental element (14) is also provided with locking means (36) arranged to cooperate with said at least one detent tooth (32) of the nose (30) of an adjacent ornamental element (14) to prevent each pair of adjacent ornamental elements (14) from disengaging from each other, and

wherein the nose (30) of each ornamental element (14) has also a through hole (34) through which the elastic element (12) extends.

2. Jewellery item according to claim 1, wherein said locking means (36) comprise, for each detent tooth (32), a respective insert (36) inserted into the body (20) near an edge (24a) of the through opening (24) so as to reduce the size of said opening (24).

3. Jewellery item according to claim 2, wherein the inner face (20c) of the body (20) has at least one through hole (26) communicating with the inner cavity (22) of the body (20) for insertion of at least one insert (36).

4. Jewellery item according to claim 2, wherein a lateral face (20e, 20f) of the body (20) has at least one through hole communicating with the inner cavity (22) of the body (20) for insertion of at least one insert.

5. Jewellery item according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the outer face (20d) of the body (20) is provided with of at least one setting (16) for receiving a respective gemstone (18).

6. Jewellery item according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said first faces (20a, 20b) are inclined to each other so as to converge radially inwards.

Description:
Jewellery item comprising an elastic element and a plurality of ornamental elements threaded one after the other on the elastic element so as to be slidable relative thereto and connected in twos to one another

The present invention relates in general to a jewellery item, such as a bracelet, necklace or ring. More specifically, the present invention relates to a jewellery item comprising an elastic element, such as a spring, which extends through the entire length of the item, and a plurality of ornamental elements, which are threaded one after the other on the elastic element so as to be slidable relative thereto and are non-releasably connected to one another.

A jewellery item of the type identified above is known for example from Italian Patent No. 1417313. According to this known solution, the jewellery item comprises a spring and a plurality of hollow ornamental elements, in particular ball-shaped elements, which are slidably threaded on the spring and are connected two by two by means of locking elements. The locking elements are formed by small tubes which have an inner cavity in which the spring extends. Each tube is partly inserted into one ornamental element and partly into the adjacent ornamental element. Each ornamental element therefore has a first through hole and a second through hole, through which a first tube and a second tube extend, respectively, for the connection with a first adjacent ornamental element and a second adjacent ornamental element, respectively. Each tube is widened at the two ends thereof so as to have an outer diameter greater than the diameter of the through holes of the ornamental elements. In this way, therefore, each tube is non-releasably connected to two adjacent ornamental elements. In other words, the ornamental elements of each pair of adjacent ornamental elements are connected to each other in a non-releasable manner, but can however move relative to one another between a position of zero distance from each other, in which the two ornamental elements are in contact with each other, and a position of maximum distance from each other, in which each of the two enlarged ends of the tube is in abutment with the respective ornamental element at the edge of the respective through hole.

It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved jewellery item with respect to the prior art described above. This and other objects are fully achieved according to the invention by virtue of a jewellery item having the features set forth in the appended independent claim 1.

Advantageous embodiments of the invention are specified in the dependent claims, the subject-matter of which is to be understood as forming an integral and integrating part of the following description.

In short, the invention is based on the concept of providing a jewelery item of the type identified above, wherein each ornamental element comprises a hollow body having a pair of first longitudinally opposite faces, that is a right-hand face and a left-hand face, respectively, and a pair of second radially opposite faces, that is an inner face and an outer face, respectively, wherein the right-hand face of each ornamental element has a through opening communicating with an inner cavity of the ornamental element, wherein each ornamental element further comprises a nose which is made in one piece with the body and projects longitudinally from the left-hand face of the latter, the nose being provided at its free end with at least one detent tooth and being adapted to enter the inner cavity of the body of an adjacent ornamental element passing through the through opening provided in the right- hand face of this latter ornamental element, wherein each ornamental element is also provided with locking means arranged to cooperate with said at least one detent tooth of the nose of an adjacent ornamental element to prevent each pair of adjacent ornamental elements from disengaging from each other, and wherein the nose of each ornamental element also has a through hole through which the elastic element extends.

The features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description, given purely by way of non-limiting example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a bracelet, as an example of a jewellery item according to the present invention;

Figure 2 is a side view which schematically shows a portion of the bracelet of Figure 1 , in the condition of maximum widening of the bracelet;

Figure 3 is a bottom view which shows a pair of adjacent ornamental elements of the bracelet of Figure 1 ; and Figures 4 to 7 are a top view, a side view, a perspective view and a front view, respectively, of an ornamental element of the bracelet of Figure 1.

With reference first to Figure 1, a jewellery item according to an embodiment of the present invention is generally indicated with 10. In the embodiment proposed herein, the jewellery item 10 is a bracelet and will therefore be referred to, for the sake of convenience, as bracelet in the following part of the description. Alternatively, the jewellry item may be a necklace or a ring.

The bracelet 10 basically comprises an elastic element 12 (a portion of which can be seen in Figure 2) which extends along the entire length of the bracelet, and a plurality of ornamental elements 14, which are threaded one after the other on the elastic element 12 so as to be slidable relative thereto and are non-releasably connected to one another.

The elastic element 12 is preferably formed by a mechanical spring (and for this reason it will be indicated hereinafter, for the sake of convenience, as spring), such as a cylindrical helical spring.

The bracelet 10 is shown in Figure 1 in the condition of normal use, in which the ornamental elements 14 are in contact with one another. In this condition, the bracelet 10 extends, according to the embodiment illustrated herein, along a substantially circular extension direction s. Alternatively, the bracelet 10 may be configured to extend, in the normal use condition, along a non-circular extension direction, for example of an oval or similar shape. The extension direction s lies in a plane, hereinafter referred to as extension plane. In the following description and claims, the term "longitudinal" is used to indicate a direction tangent to the extension direction s, while the term "radial" is used to indicate a direction perpendicular to the extension direction s lying in the extension plane.

The bracelet 10 is without closure. In order to wear the bracelet 10, the user simply has to widen it, against the elastic action of the spring 12, moving the ornamental elements 14 away from each other up to a maximum distance D from each other (as shown in Figures 2 and 3). By releasing the bracelet 10, the ornamental elements 14 return in contact with each other (normal use condition shown in Figure 1) under the elastic action of the spring 12.

In the embodiment shown in the drawings, the ornamental elements 14 are provided with settings 16 for receiving one or more gemstones or diamonds 18. The presence of settings is not however an essential feature of the invention.

With reference now also to Figures 2 to 7, the structure of each ornamental element 14 of the bracelet 10 will now be described in detail.

Each ornamental element 14 comprises a body 20 preferably having an overall parallelepiped shape. The body 20 is a hollow body having an inner cavity 22. The body 20 is made of a metal material, in particular of a precious metal, such as gold. The body 20 may be produced, for example, by machining or micro-casting process. The body 20 has a first pair of longitudinally opposite faces 20a and 20b, that is a right-hand face and a left-hand face, respectively, a second pair of radially opposite faces 20c and 20d, that is an inner face and an outer face, respectively, and a third pair of side faces 20e and 20f.

The two longitudinally opposite faces 20a and 20b are arranged inclined to each other so as to converge in a radially inner direction, i.e. towards the centre of the circumference along which the extension direction s extends. These faces might however be parallel to each other, to allow to obtain bracelets or necklaces having, in the normal use condition, one or more straight sections, rather than curvilinear ones. The right-hand face 20a has a through opening 24, preferably of a rectangular shape, communicating with the inner cavity 22.

The two radially opposite faces 20c and 20d are preferably arranged parallel to each other, in particular arranged tangentially to the extension direction s. The inner face 20c has, on the side of the right-hand face 20a, a pair of through holes 26 (one of which is visible in Figure 6) each arranged near a respective side edge 24a of the opening 24. Instead of two through holes 26, a single through hole may be provided near one of the two side edges 24a of the opening 24. Alternatively, the two through holes 26 (or the through hole 26, in the case of a single hole) might be provided in one of the two side faces 20e and 20f, in- stead of the inner face 20c, near the two upper and lower edges (or near one of said edges only, in the case of a single through hole 26) of the opening 24.

In the illustrated embodiment, the outer face 20d of the body 20 is provided with a setting 16. In the proposed example, only one setting 16 is provided, which is adapted to receive a single gemstone 18, but a plurality of settings 16 may be provided (for example two settings) in the case of ornamental elements 14 each provided with a plurality of gemstones 18.

The two side faces 20e and 20f are preferably arranged parallel to one another and parallel to the extension plane. According to the embodiment shown in the drawings, the two side faces 20e and 20f each have an opening or window 28, for example in the shape of a slot, communicating with the inner cavity 22, but they might also be completely closed.

Each ornamental element 14 further comprises a nose 30 which is integrally formed with the body 20 and projects longitudinally from the left face 20b thereof to be inserted into the through opening 24 provided in the right-hand face 20a of an adjacent ornamental element 14 (as can be seen from Figures 2 and 3). The nose 30 is provided, at its free end, with a pair of laterally projecting detent teeth 32, such that the nose 30 has a substantially T shape in plane. In place of a pair of detent teeth, however, only one detent tooth may be provided. The width of the nose 30 at the free end thereof, including the detent teeth 32, is smaller (or better, not larger) than the width of the through opening 24, i.e. the distance between the side edges 24a thereof, so to allow, during the assembly of the bracelet 10, inserting the nose 30 of each ornamental element 14 into the inner cavity 22 of the adjacent ornamental element through the through opening 24. The nose 30 has a through hole 34 (Figure 7) through which the spring 12 extends.

Each ornamental element 14 further comprises locking means adapted to cooperate with the detent teeth 32 of the nose 30 of the adjacent ornamental element to firmly constrain the two adjacent ornamental elements, preventing the mutual disengagement thereof, once the nose 30 of the one element is inserted into the inner cavity 22 of the other element through the through opening 24. According to the embodiment proposed herein, such lock- ing means comprise, for each ornamental element 14, a pair of inserts 36, having for example a cylindrical shape, which are inserted into the inner cavity 22 (once the nose 30 of the adjacent ornamental element 14 has been inserted into the inner cavity 22) through the two through holes 26 provided in the inner face 20c and are then firmly fixed to the body 20, for example by welding. The inserts 36 are preferably made of the same metal as the body 20. The inserts 36 have a width (or diameter) such that, once inserted into the holes 26 of the body 20, they project from the side edges 24a of the through opening 24 towards the interior of the latter, so as to reduce the width of the through opening 24 to such an extent as to prevent the nose 30 from moving out of the ornamental element 14 adjacent to the inner cavity 22.

Naturally, in case the nose 30 is provided with a single detent tooth 32, only one insert 36 will be provided for cooperating with said detent tooth. Moreover, while in the illustrated example the detent teeth 32 project laterally from the nose 30, it is however possible to provide detent teeth projecting from the top and from the bottom of the nose 30, in which case the through holes 26 will be provided, as previously mentioned, in one of the two side walls 20e and 20f of the body 20.

In this way, the ornamental elements 14 of each pair of adjacent ornamental elements are movable relative to each other between a condition of zero distance from each other (Figure 1), corresponding to the condition of normal use of the bracelet 10, where the right- hand face 20a of the first ornamental element 14 is in contact with the left-hand face 20b of the second ornamental element 14, and a position of maximum distance from each other, corresponding to the maximum widening condition of the bracelet 10, where the detent teeth 32 of the nose 30 of the second ornamental element 14 are in abutment against the inserts 36 of the first ornamental element 14.

The bracelet 10 may easily be made as follows.

The ornamental elements 14, with the gemstone(s) 18 (if any) already set, are threaded one after the other on the spring 12 and are firmly connected to one another. The connection between two adjacent ornamental elements 14 is obtained by inserting the nose 30 of the first ornamental element 14 into the inner cavity 22 of the second element through the opening 24 and then inserting the two inserts 36 into the through holes 26 on the inner face 20c of the second ornamental element 14 so as to prevent the nose 30 of the first ornamental element 14 from moving out of the inner cavity 22 of the second ornamental element 14. Once inserted into the through holes 26 of the second ornamental element 14, the two inserts are firmly connected to the latter, for example by welding. Before firmly connecting the last two ornamental elements 14 to one another, the two ends of the spring 12 are firmly connected to one another. Once the spring 12 is closed, the last two ornamental elements 14 are connected to one another.

As is clear from the above description, a bracelet or necklace according to the present invention can be assembled very simply and may have even very small ornamental elements, with a size in the order for example of 1-2 mm.

Naturally, the principle of the invention remaining unchanged, the embodiments and the constructional details may vary widely with respect to those described and illustrated purely by way of non-limiting example, without thereby departing from the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.