Threadless jewelry connector assembly

  • US 6,470,709 B1
  • Filed: 11/14/2000
  • Issued: 10/29/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/26/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A jewelry connection apparatus comprising:

  • a first elongated piece having a first end and a second end, said first elongated piece defining a first inner passage extending inward from said first end and having a first inner diameter with said second end closed, said first inner passage being bent so that an end view of the first inner passage including hidden lines for a distance (A) along said first inner passage has an outline having a second diameter which exceeds said first inner diameter in at least one direction;

    a second piece having an end piece with a dimension that is greater than said first inner diameter and fixed to and extending away from said end piece, a first linear stem having a third outer diameter, said third outer diameter being smaller than said first inner diameter, where insertion of the stem into said first inner passage for said distance (A) causes an elastic bending deflection of the first stem within said first inner passage, such that a releasable engagement is created between the first piece and the second piece, which will prevent disengagement of the two unless an external separating force is used.

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