Pierced Earring Fastener Patents (Class 24/705)
  • Patent number: 10925356
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a universal stud earring clasp that allows for fastening jewelry and jewelry devices. The present invention facilitates and improves the clasp system for jewelry by providing for a universal fastening device that is particularly compatible with stud earrings, but not limited to stud earring compatibility. The clasp provides for a greater pressure surface and a more ergonomic grip. People from almost all age ranges can handle the clasp, and the clasp is cost-efficient for manufacturing. The clasp also provides for a stud earring clap that is compatible with pins from the ALPA locking system. This invention solves the unmet need of a more secure clasp alternative to existing stud earrings and jewelry items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: JCP SYSTEME LTD.
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 10849393
    Abstract: A connectable earring back element, comprising: a retainer element, said retainer element having a through hole the diameter of which is sized to receive an earring post; and a body, said body having means for connecting one connectable earring back element to another connectable earring back element. In one embodiment, each connecting earring back element includes a magnet or the body is made of a magnetic material such that the connectable earring back elements may be connected through magnetic forces. In some instances, a display panel may be included in an earring set to display the earrings, where the display panel may be decorative and may include magnets or be made of a magnetic material for affixing of the connecting earring back elements thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Gabrielle Rae Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10646008
    Abstract: A system for retaining an earring with in a gauge hole of an ear. The system is configured with a sleeve defining a resilient passageway. A post of a pierced earring is releasably secured within the resilient passageway and the sleeve is releasably secured with in the gauge hole of an ear. The system may be used to allow prior art ear gauges to retain pierced earrings within a gauge hole of an ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Theresa Marie Fisher-Arthur, Vince Wallerich
  • Patent number: 9961971
    Abstract: A jewellery retention device for fastening a jewellery item which comprises a retention post, said retention device comprising a body and having an opening configured to receive a post, said retention device comprising a friction member having a first end associated with the body and a second end which is configured to be contacted by the post upon insertion of the post, said body additionally providing an abutment to support the post and provide a reaction to the force imposed on the post by said second end of the friction member, said opening comprising at least in part a receiving region through which the post may move substantially freely and into which the post may be laterally displaced and received from between the first friction member and abutment in a direction substantially perpendicular to the length of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BRYLOCK INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Gary Bryant
  • Publication number: 20150135495
    Abstract: A pair of earring supports for a pair of earrings having earring posts, the pair of earring supports including retainer plates. Each retainer plate respectfully has a post hole formed therein. A first face configured for engaging an ear. A second face opposite the first face. A fastening clip at the second face, the fastening clip is configured for engaging an earring post passing through the post hole, and a stabilizing support has an attachment point affixed at an attachment intersection on the retainer plate. The stabilizing support extends from the retainer plate to a free end of the stabilizing support spaced apart from the retainer plate. The free end of a first retainer plate of the retaining plates is counterclockwise from the first attachment intersection of the first retainer plate when viewing the first retainer plate in a direction towards the second face of the first retainer plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Robin A. Levinson, Ruben Derlly
  • Patent number: 9021834
    Abstract: Flexible retaining structures for body jewelry and method for their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kaos Software, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Jarrell, Steve A. Haworth
  • Publication number: 20140373255
    Abstract: A support device for transferring at least part of the weight of an earring from an earlobe to a part of the ear that comprises cartilage, the device comprising a first portion (P1?) capable of being attached to the earlobe and a second portion (P2?) protruding from the first portion and capable of when the first portion is attached to the earlobe, extending from the earlobe to attach to the part of the ear comprising cartilage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Doosan infracore Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Georgie Mark Reginald Swan
  • Publication number: 20140304956
    Abstract: An earring backing that retains the earring frontispiece with an upward tilt. A contact plate that resides in contact with the back of the earlobe of a user is coupled to a support structure that defines a channel for an earring post. The channel defines an acute angle with the contact plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Melecey M. Kent
  • Patent number: 8850674
    Abstract: A novel pierced earring for pierced ears which includes a rear plate attached to the pin, the rear plate forming the nut and having a peripheral shape approximating that of the rear portion of the lobe of the ear to provide substantial bearing surface against the rear of the lobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Richline Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Schechter, Mossig Makhoulian
  • Patent number: 8695183
    Abstract: An earring backing that retains the earring frontispiece with an upward tilt. A contact plate that resides in contact with the back of the earlobe of a user is coupled to a support structure that defines a channel for an earring post. The channel defines an acute angle with the contact plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Melecy M. Kent
  • Patent number: 8656561
    Abstract: An apparatus for replacing a button is provided having a pin and a base. The pin includes a head and a stem attached to, and substantially perpendicular to, the head. The base includes a case having a cavity defined by a top surface including an opening for receiving the stem and a side surface coupled to the top surface. A mechanism for securing the pin within the case includes one or two springs, configured to releasably engage a ridged portion of the stem of the pin. The depth of insertion of the pin into the case is controlled by the engagement of the pin and the springs, a solid bottom surface of the case, and a flange on the stem that engages the top surface of the case at a desired depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jonkeo Doungdeth Ingels
  • Patent number: 8365369
    Abstract: A clutch for post earrings includes a housing which is open at one end thereof and has an aperture therethrough in the opposite end thereof, a cap member which is received on the open end of the housing and also has an aperture therethrough, and an insert of a resilient leaf member that includes a support piece captured between the housing flange and the cap member and a pair of leaves supported from the support piece. The leaves converge with respect to each other and are disposed in facing relationship for receiving a post therebetween. The post is receivable in the clutch so that it extends through the cap member and housing apertures and is received in frictional engagement between the leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Marcos Fountoulakis
  • Publication number: 20120317764
    Abstract: A novel bracket assembly for a hinge bar for a hoop type earring in which the pivot pin is integrally formed with a bracket formed of hollow tubing. Hollow tubing is used to form the hinge bar as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Yunus Khyvat
  • Publication number: 20110191991
    Abstract: A composite jewelry retaining element for a post is disclosed which includes a first inner core part that is a conventional retainer such as a butterfly clamp, spring biased clutch or screw back device. The inner core part is enveloped by an elastomeric section. The elastomeric section has a tubular passage that is sized slightly smaller than an aperture provided through the conventional retainer and that receives an earring post. The post is thereby retained by both the conventional retainer element and a gripping force imposed by the elastomeric section which is created by providing the passage that is slightly smaller than the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jean Jacques Meneau
  • Publication number: 20110099777
    Abstract: An clasp for securing to the post of an earring including a torsion spring having extended ends forming a first and a second arm, said first and second arms forming an acute angle, said torsion spring forming a receptacle, a flexible member at least partially located within the receptacle, and said flexible member including an aperture for receiving an earring post. The flexible member includes a channel on at least a portion of a periphery of the flexible member for receiving the torsion spring and retaining the flexible member within the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Charles D. Corry
  • Patent number: 7818852
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a connecting system, comprising an elongated element and a substantially ring-shaped element provided with an opening, into which said elongated element can be inserted for connection thereto. The elongated element comprises a connecting member, and the ring-shaped element comprises an opening configured to allow sliding passage of the elongated element with the connecting member in a specific angular position. The elongated element with the connecting member present thereon can only move through the opening, causing the two elements to be disconnected, in a specific angular position. The elongated element need not undergo any complex operations during manufacture thereof, and furthermore no complex turning movements or squeezing operations are required upon moving the elements together or apart. The connecting system is used as a suspension system, for example, or as a connecting system for an earring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Nicolaas Van der Greft
  • Patent number: 7770413
    Abstract: Various jewelry devices are provided for use in a pierced body part, such as the naval, and/or with devices implanted in a pierced body part. In one embodiment, a ring-shaped member is provided and it includes a first semi-circular member having first and second terminal ends, and a second semi-circular member having a first portion that is hingedly connected to the first terminal end of the first semi-circular member and a second portion that is fixedly mated to the first portion and that includes a terminal end that is adapted to removably mate to the second terminal end of the first component. The present invention also provides a connector for easily removably mating various jewelry ornaments to a jewelry device that is worn in a pierced body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Melissa Tyler
  • Publication number: 20100162540
    Abstract: A flexible material type clutch for engagement with a pin-supported article of jewelry or decorative article, wherein the flexible material is at least partially enclosed by a metallic frame. A medially disposed portion of said frame engages a first end of the flexible material, and includes wings which form opposed handles for gripping the retainer. In one embodiment, the flexible material is of frustoconical configuration to provide a camming surface enabling disengagement of the retainer from the frame for replacement thereof. In another embodiment, retainer is of cylindrical configuration, and is maintained against relative axial displacement relative to the frame by inwardly extending tabs on the wings of the frame. The retainer is replaced by lateral movement as in the first mentioned embodiment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph Rissin, Eli Galecki
  • Patent number: 7621153
    Abstract: A protection pad for a pierced earlobe and an arrangement and method of securing and/or supporting an earring to the earlobe of a user, using the protection pad, and in a manner that attachment of an earring to the earlobe provides less discomfort to the user, obviates damage that might be occasioned to the earlobe from such attachment, and reduces loss of ornaments used in connection with such affixing and arising for inadvertent attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Vivian Winans
  • Patent number: 7617576
    Abstract: A pierced earring fastener 1 has: a pinching member 2 made of three balls 2a, 2a, 2a; a holder 3 that is a rubber-like elastic member; and a ring 5 for tightening the pinching member 2 and the holder 3. The three balls 2a, 2a, 2a are disposed in a ring shape at intervals of 120 degrees in a circumferential direction, as elements that form the pinching member 2. These balls are retained at predetermined positions by means of the holder 3. The holder completely surrounds the circular pinching member 2 formed by the three balls 2a. A through hole 3a penetrating a center of both of end faces 3c, 3c is formed via a gap 2b formed at the center of a ring formed by the pinching member 2 closed inside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Right Planning Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanio
  • Patent number: 7530237
    Abstract: In one embodiment an earring includes a stem including a sharp end, external threads at the opposite end, a flange proximate the external threads, and a neck interconnecting the external threads and the flange; and a decorative member including a threaded axial opening adapted to urge its mouth against the flange by threadedly securing to the external threads. In another embodiment, the decorative member is a two-piece member. The decorative element can be implemented as one of a plurality of different shapes. Moreover, the stem can be sterilized effectively by detaching from the decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Lung Hsing Lei
  • Publication number: 20080053147
    Abstract: An earring system including a substantially curved wire member having a front end and a rear end is provided. A decorative element is attached to the front end of the wire member. The earring system further includes a securing element for releasable engagement with the rear end of the wire member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Samantha J. FREEMAN
  • Publication number: 20080028580
    Abstract: A pierced earring fastener 1 has: a pinching member 2 made of three balls 2a, 2a, 2a; a holder 3 that is a rubber-like elastic member; and a ring 5 for tightening the pinching member 2 and the holder 3. The three balls 2a, 2a, 2a are disposed in a ring shape at intervals of 120 degrees in a circumferential direction, as elements that form the pinching member 2. These balls are retained at predetermined positions by means of the holder 3. The holder completely surrounds the circular pinching member 2 formed by the three balls 2a. A through hole 3a penetrating a center of both of end faces 3c, 3c is formed via a gap 2b formed at the center of a ring formed by the pinching member 2 closed inside thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: Right Planning Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanio
  • Patent number: 7225638
    Abstract: A jewelry mounting includes a base having front and rear surfaces. The front surface is provided with means permitting the mounting of an article of jewelry or other ornament usable on an earring or pendant. The rear surface includes a pivotable mounting for an ear post. The base also includes side walls to which are pivotably mounted two hoops. When the device is being used as an earring, the hoops lie in opposite directions to one another coplanar with the base. When the device is being used as a jewelry pendant, the hoops are pivoted orthogonal to the base and, in that orientation, comprise bails through which a jewelry chain may be threaded. The piece of jewelry or ornament may include a rear surface including a slot that receives the ear post when the ear post is pivoted down. The slot frictionally retains an end of the ear post to retain the ear post and hoops in the position at which the device may be used as a pendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventors: Sharon Loeff, Thomas Loeff
  • Patent number: 7174610
    Abstract: An improved securing clutch comprises a flexible material retainer with an engagement passage sized to receive and frictionally engage the entire outer surface of a portion of a post. The flexible material retainer is surrounded by a metal frame that provides a base plate at the front of the retainer and handles at the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Galicki & Rissin, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Rissin, Eil Galicki
  • Patent number: 7171826
    Abstract: An earring post covering for preventing allergic reaction to earring posts includes an elongated member that has a first end, a second end and a peripheral wall extending between the first and second ends. The elongated member has an aperture extending into the first end such that a tube is defined. The second end is closed and has a rounded outer surface. A plurality of teeth is attached to an interior surface of the peripheral wall. Each of the teeth comprises a resiliently compressible material. An earring post may be removably extended through the elongated member such that the teeth grip the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Ilona Antonyan
  • Patent number: 7111370
    Abstract: A sanitary ear clip display member for trying on a pierced-type earring being substantially U-shaped in configuration and having a pin receiving member attached at one end to a movable clip member and the pin receiving member attached at the other end to a second clip member. The ear clip display member also includes a pivot pin and spring member attached to the one end of the pin receiving member; and to one end of the movable clip member. The movable clip member is movable in a spring biased manner from an opened position to a closed position; and the pin receiving member has a pin receiving passageway for receiving a pin of the pierced-type earring therethrough for displaying the pierced-type earring. The clip members and the pin receiving member form the U-shaped configuration for forming a channel therebetween in order to receive an ear lobe therein allowing the user to try on the pierced-type earrings in a sanitary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Stella Daniel
  • Publication number: 20040237584
    Abstract: Disclosed is a backside decoration element for a pin-type earring capable of inserting a clutch that guides all earring pin to a longitudinal hole into an outer over having a predetermined shape made of a silicon material. The backside decoration element for the pin-type earring, which has a clutch, a longitudinal hole, and an outer cover made of a silicon material with an edge part protruded therefrom, includes: the longitudinal hole formed on the central portion thereof, the longitudinal hole getting smaller at the top portion thereof and larger at the bottom portion thereof; the clutch having a plurality of fixing projections with which an earring pin is guided to the longitudinal hole; and the outer cover for covering the longitudinal hole and the clutch, the outer cover having the edge part protruded on the upper end portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: KEY GOLD Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Hyung Bae Lee
  • Patent number: 6662596
    Abstract: A fragrance diffuser is provided which keeps the tip of the pierced earring post from injuring the wearer by covering the tip of the pierced earring post of a pierced earring, thereby making the pierced earring harmless, and which can diffuse the fragrance of perfume for a much longer time. An outer case for covering the tip of the pierced earring post is provided and a catch for receiving the pierced earring post is mounted in the outer case. An absorbent member having a perfume impregnated therein is also mounted in the outer case. It is possible to avoid injury often inflicted by the tip of the earring post and enjoy fragrance of the perfume for a much longer time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Imex Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Tsutsumi
  • Publication number: 20030182778
    Abstract: An ear-nut or jewelry clasp for gripping a post extending from the back of an earring or other piece of jewelry or ornament. The clasp has an added pair of gripping tabs which are preferably longer and/or wider or otherwise distinctive from the friction fingers which secure the post of the earring. These added gripping tabs facilitate gripping by the user when removing the clasp from the post. To further facilitate the gripping of these tabs, a metal separator in a round shape (or any open-shape that allows it to clear the post with room to spare, such as in the shape of an animal, an oval, a rectangle, square, sphere, or star, etc.) is affixed between the tabs to prevent them from being squeezed together by the pressure of the user's fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph B. Rissin, Toby Rissin
  • Patent number: 6612131
    Abstract: A post and connector assembly for an earring of the pierced-ear type utilizes a conventional straight post and a connector that includes a resilient surface that is biased into a groove in the post to establish a positive locking position, but which surface is manually deflectable to release the lock to facilitate both connection and removal of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Howard Cheng
  • Patent number: 6584656
    Abstract: A clutch for an earring or other ornament post has a resilient pincer disk with an opening defining a pair of arms connected to each other by a resilient bridge. The arms have arcuate surfaces to engage the post. A V-shaped opening extends from the arms and contains a wedge movable for spreading the pincer arms to release the post. A holder receives the wedge and disk and for holding the wedge in engagement with the disk and a part of the wedge extends beyond the holder and defines an activation button to be pushed for moving the wedge with respect to the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: David D. Karmeli
  • Patent number: 6557220
    Abstract: A security clutch for a jewelry post with a circumferential groove includes a housing with a post receiving aperture extending therethrough and two access ports through a side wall. A pair of interlocking C-shaped lock members each include an inner free end that carries a lug anchor and an outer free end that serves as a trigger. The lug anchors are spring-biased by a spring toward one another to thereby urge the triggers outward through their respective access ports. The inner free ends are also urged toward one another by the forces of the spring to slidably reside in the post receiving aperture of the housing into locking engagement with the circumferential groove of the jewelry post residing in the post receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: B. A. Ballou & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Hamm, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020124364
    Abstract: An ear-nut or jewelry clasp for gripping a post extending from the back of an earring or other piece of jewelry or ornament. The clasp has a pair of gripping tabs 22 which are longer and/or wider than other parts of a clasp to facilitate gripping by the user when removing the clasp from the post. The clasp may also have a radially outward extending earring stabilizer to avoid ear lobe bending by heavy earrings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Joseph B. Rissin, Toby Rissin
  • Patent number: 6389662
    Abstract: A security clutch for a jewelry post includes a housing defining a post receiving aperture extending therethrough and an access port. A trigger lock member is disposed in said housing and includes a main body with an aperture therethrough defining a central post locking notch. A biasing member is connected to one end of the main body and a trigger portion is connected to opposing end to extend through the access port in the housing for manipulation from outside said housing. When the trigger is depressed against the biasing force of the biasing member, the main body is moved from a resting locked position to an unlocked position with the post locking notch being clear of the post receiving aperture, thereby permitting free passage of a jewelry post within the post receiving aperture. As a result, the security clutch can be easily and quickly installed and removed from a jewelry post when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: B.A.Ballou & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David Henry Hamm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6257021
    Abstract: An earring retainer comprising an elastic material having a front side and a back side and a scoring or cut for receiving a post of an earring such that the post may puncture the elastic material and is held firmly by friction. The earring retainers are made and used by cutting an elastic material into esthetic shapes, making an axial scoring on each earring retainer from a front side to a back side for each earring retainer to receive an earring post, and then packaging the earring retainers against a backing sheet. By way of example, when made and used in this manner, each earring retainer can be cut into individual esthetic shapes and can be easily peeled away for use by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Joyce Ann Hinton
  • Patent number: 6167725
    Abstract: A jewelry connection system utilizing an elastic bent stem having a narrow center section is inserted into a hollow tube such that binding of the stem ends in the tube creates an elastic releasable friction bond (binding) between the stem and tube pieces. A controlled amount of binding can be introduced by controlling the degree of non-colinearity between mating surfaces such that when using a high modulus material, such as Titanium, the use of this system for body piercing openings such as ear and nose rings is successful without reduced risk of loss of jewelry pieces due to vibration, because threaded connections in this arrangement are avoided. Configurations according to the invention can be used in a variety of tiny jewelry pieces as long as a stem can be inserted into a stem receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Neometal, Inc.
    Inventor: Tadeusz P. Siekierski
  • Patent number: 6138333
    Abstract: An earring includes a pin adapted to pass through a hole pierced in an ear or other body part. The pin has an enlarged, decorative end thereon which rests against one side of the ear with the pin extending through the hole in the ear, and a clutch which fits over the opposite end of the pin and rests against the opposite side of the ear to hold the earring therein. The clutch includes a spring for receiving the pin therein and having a reduced inside diameter intermediate turn thereof which is stretched by the pin as it passes therethrough. There is at least one circumferential receiving groove in the pin to receive and hold the reduced inside diameter spring turn. Thus, the clutch may be positioned so that the reduced inside diameter turn is received in one of the at least one grooves. This resists movement of the clutch along the pin. With multiple grooves the grooves are positioned along the pin so that for each groove, the earring comfortably fits a different size ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Franklin D. Hollingworth
  • Patent number: 6138475
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for securing jewelry to a person's body, or to secure together the ends of a piece of jewelry. In one embodiment, an earring back for receiving a post of an earring has a base having a base aperture therein for receiving the post, and a first primary leg extending from a first end of the base, and a second primary leg extending from a second end of the base. A first spring leg extends from the first primary leg, the first spring leg having front face having a tear-drop shaped front aperture therein for receiving the post. A second spring leg extends from the second primary leg, the second spring leg having intermediate face having an intermediate aperture therein for receiving the post. The spring legs are biased such that when the earring back is uncompressed or not under external applied compressive forces, the front aperture, the intermediate aperture, and the base aperture are in axial misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kohl, Kenneth L. Mino
  • Patent number: 6134917
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for securing jewelry to a person's body, or to secure together the ends of a piece of jewelry. In one embodiment, an earring back for receiving a post of an earring has a base having a base aperture therein for receiving the post, and a first primary leg extending from a first end of the base, and a second primary leg extending from a second end of the base. A first spring leg extends from the first primary leg, the first spring leg having front face having a front aperture therein for receiving the post. A second spring leg extends from the second primary leg, the second spring leg having intermediate face having an intermediate aperture therein for receiving the post. The spring legs are biased such that when the earring back is uncompressed or not under external applied compressive forces, the front aperture, the intermediate aperture, and the base aperture are in axial misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kohl, Kenneth L. Mino
  • Patent number: 6058581
    Abstract: An elongated semi-product from which a clasp can be formed includes at each end at least one through-penetrating hole wherein when bent to form said clasp the semi-product forms a generally closed cavity with the mutually opposite ends of said product forming overlapping legs and the openings at the ends of said semi-product being intended to coincide in one position of the legs to enable said stem-part to be inserted easily through the two holes in said legs, wherein in another position of said legs the holes provided in the edge regions of the ends of said legs will be pressed against a portion of reduced diameter on the stem so as to hold an ornament in place. According to the invention, at least one of the two opposing openings in the semi-product has an elongated and irregular shape so as to include at least two holes of different sizes, and at least one opening extends transversely to the longitudinal axis of the semi-product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: .ANG.ke Ehrlund
  • Patent number: 5987718
    Abstract: A clutch fastener is provided for securely receiving pins, shafts, and the like. The clutch fastener includes a housing and a coil spring disposed within a central chamber contained in the housing. The chamber originates near the top surface of the housing and extends through the bottom surface. The bottom surface is countersunk to provide for easy insertion of the shaft. The chamber is sized such that it has a larger diameter than the shaft to be retained. The shaft is inserted into the chamber and retained by frictional forces generated against the coil spring. The clutch fastener may allow the user to selectively increase the tension placed on the shaft via a locking mechanism. The clutch fastener may also be provided with a second spring disposed within the chamber in order to limit the degree of compression of the first spring. Various designs are also disclosed for the spring stock from which the coil spring is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 5893278
    Abstract: An improved retaining mechanism for use with a pierced earring having an ornament having a stem. The retaining mechanism has a base with an opening therein through which the stem of the earring passes, a cylindrical tube extending from the base with threads on an external surface. An inner wall of the tube tapers from its open end toward the base. A cap is provided that has a closed end with an opening therein through which the stem of the earring passes. The cap has threads formed on an inner surface that mate with the threads on the external surface of the cylindrical tube. A tapered member extends from the closed end of the cap and is tapered along its exterior wall. The external taper of the tapered member substantially matches the internal taper of the cylindrical tube. The tapered member has a slot formed in its wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Ardele Y. Float, Kenneth W. Float
  • Patent number: 5845378
    Abstract: A clasp for the post of an earring has a c-shaped resilient pincer disk which engages onto the post. A washer with a hole therethrough is stacked with the pincer disk and both the disk and washer are held within a resilient elastic holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventors: David D. Karmeli, Luca Lauritano
  • Patent number: 5669239
    Abstract: A pierced earring includes a pin member provided midway thereof with an engaging groove, and a nut including a cylindrical fastener body having therein a split groove or slit extending in the direction of the length thereof, an engaging ridge formed on an inner peripheral surface thereof and a guide part tapering at one end of the fastener body. Intimate union between the engaging ridge of the cylindrical fastener body and the engaging groove of the pin member is attained by insertion of the pin member through the guide part into the cylindrical fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Setsuko Ishida
    Inventor: Osamu Tobita
  • Patent number: 5622061
    Abstract: The earring assembly is manufactured at low cost, which enables conventional pierced earrings to be reused, is diversified in ornamental effect and has its user be completely free from a so-called metal allergy. In the assembly: a post 10 is fabricated from titanium, titanium alloys, or ceramics; an insertion hole 50 is formed in a front-end portion 11 of the post 10, the hole 50 extending in a direction of its longitudinal axis Z; an insertion axle 60 corresponding to the insertion hole 50 is formed in a holder 30; and, the insertion axle 60 of the holder 30 is inserted into the hole 50 of the post 10 and fixed thereto with the use of an adhesive, whereby the holder 30 is integrated into the post 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Universe Yamaki Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Sakata
  • Patent number: 5588309
    Abstract: The device includes a conventional ornament holder with a friction post which is connected to a conventional back clutch. Attached to the back clutch is a clutch adapter, which is designed to move along a bridge mechanism that is composed of a bent spring wire. At the other end of the spring wire, a base is provided to which a second ornament holder may be affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph J. Chioffe
  • Patent number: 5456094
    Abstract: An earring assembly in which the earring has a post to pass through a pierced opening in the earlobe of a wearer to receive a clasp to hold the earring securely in position with the clasp being formed of plastic material with a head to be located behind the ear lobe of the wearer and a tubular sleeve projecting from the head to be located within the pierced opening in the ear lobe and receiving the post to completely isolate the earring from the flesh of the wearer and to limit the spacing of the earring ornament and clasp to avoid pressure on the ear lobe. The clasp is easily cut with readily available tools for modification to accommodate the thickness of the wearers ear lobes and the positioning of adjacent earrings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventor: Robert J. Greenwald
  • Patent number: 5309737
    Abstract: A tamper proof device is assembled with a pierced earring and clutch wherein it is operative for indicating if the pierced earring and clutch are subsequently disassembled. The tamper proof device includes an outer ring portion, an inner disc portion having a tapered central aperture and a plurality of break-away gates which extend radially outwardly from the disc portion and merge with the ring portion. The clutch is received within the ring portion wherein it is held in position by a plurality of inwardly extending protuberances, and the earring post is received through the tapered aperture and into the clutch. The tapered aperture in the disc portion frictionally engages a groove in the earring post so that when the earring post and clutch are pulled apart, the disc portion breaks away from the ring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Marcos Fountoulakis
  • Patent number: 5170542
    Abstract: A jewelry clutch includes a body portion having an open cavity formed therein and an elastomeric clutch element in the cavity for receiving and securing a post of a jewelry item in the clutch. The body portion has a substantially triangular transverse cross sectional configuration to enable the clutch to be more easily grasped between the thumb and first two fingers of a hand of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: William H. Greenberg