Title:
STRUCTURE BONDING DIFFERENT METALS FOR VALUABLE ORNAMENTS
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A structure bonding different metals for valuable ornaments includes a valuable ornament body which consists of at least a metal body and a hard metal element that are coupled together. The metal body and hard metal element have respectively a coupling surface with a latch flange and a latch trough formed thereon that are engageable with each other. Thus the metal body and the hard metal element can be bonded together securely. The valuable ornament body thus formed has a greater hardness. The bonding of different metals also provides a novel design different from the conventional ornaments.



Inventors:
Chen, Shang-han (Kaohsiung City, TW)
Application Number:
11/837376
Publication Date:
02/12/2009
Filing Date:
08/10/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
63/12
International Classes:
A44C9/00; A44C7/00
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Primary Examiner:
REESE, DAVID C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
APEX JURIS, PLLC (SEATTLE, WA, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A structure bonding different metals for valuable ornaments comprising a valuable ornament body which includes at least a metal body and at least a hard metal element that are coupled together, the metal body being a metal of a greater value and having a first coupling surface which has a latch flange formed thereon, the hard metal element being a metal of a greater hardness and having a second coupling surface which has a latch trough formed thereon, the latch trough having a narrower front side and a wider rear side, the first coupling surface and the second coupling surface being corresponding and engageable with each other, the latch flange being wedged and filled in the latch trough to form a secured coupling.

2. The structure of claim 1, wherein the valuable ornament body is selectively a ring, a necklace, a pendant or an earring.

3. The structure of claim 1, wherein the metal body is selectively gold, Karat gold, platinum or silver.

4. The structure of claim 1, wherein the hard metal element is selectively a titanium alloy, stainless steel, tungsten steel or an aluminum alloy.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a structure bonding different metal for valuable ornaments and particularly to a structure that couples a soft and high value metal with a metal of a greater hardness to form a harder ornament and provide a novel design.

2. Description of the Prior Art

As living standard rises people also have a higher demand on valuable ornaments (such as rings, necklaces, earrings and the like). The valuable ornaments can enhance people's overall aesthetic appeal, and also are good investments and symbols of a higher social standing. Hence they are very popular and become collection items of the general public. The valuable ornaments mostly contain valuable metal ingredients such as gold, Karat-gold, platinum, silver and the like. Because gold and silver have a lower hardness, they tend to deform under external forces after being formed in the ornaments. In ornamental and jewelry industries, in order to facilitate innovation and improve design, some designers try to couple metals of a greater hardness with the valuable metals so that the resulting ornaments have a greater hardness and novel designs can be made easier (for instance stainless steel, tungsten steel, aluminum alloys or titanium alloys are the hard metals desirable for such a purpose). Take ornaments formed by bonding silver and titanium as examples. The titanium alloys have many desirable mechanical characteristics such as rust-proof, light weight, and greater strength. A conventional method to bond the titanium and the silver is soldering. However, due to titanium and silver have great differences in terms of physical characteristics, such as different melting temperature, heat transfer rate, expansion coefficient and the like, the soldering operation to bond these two metals has to include other processes such as chemical deposition, surface treatment and the like, or a more precise and special soldering process has to be used to form a secured soldering. All this involves complicated and more difficult fabrication process and results in a lower production yield. Moreover, with the two different metals bonded by a soldering paste as a medium, they could be loosened and separated under impact or shaking of external forces.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Therefore it is an object of the present invention to provide a valuable ornament (such as rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and the like) formed by bonding a valuable metal with a metal of a greater hardness (such as stainless steel, tungsten steel, aluminum alloy, titanium alloy, and the like). The ornament thus formed has a greater hardness and can adopt a novel design. The valuable ornament according to the invention includes at least a metal body and a metal of a greater hardness coupling together. These two elements have respectively a coupling surface corresponding to each other. One of them has a latch flange while the other has a mating latch trough to allow the metal body and the metal of a greater hardness to form a secured bonding.

The foregoing, as well as additional objects, features and advantages of the invention will be more readily apparent from the following detailed description, which proceeds with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention.

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the invention.

FIG. 3 is a plane view of the invention.

FIG. 4 is a cross section taken on line I-I in FIG. 3.

FIG. 5 is a schematic view of another bonding structure of the invention.

FIG. 6 is a schematic view of another embodiment of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIG. 1, the invention includes a valuable ornament body 10 such as a ring, necklace, pendant, earring or the like that has at least one metal body 11 coupling with one or more hard metal element 12. Also referring to FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, the metal body 11 is a high value and softer metal such as gold, Karat gold, platinum, silver or the like. The metal body 11 has a first coupling surface 111 which has a latch flange 112 formed thereon. The hard metal element 12 is a metal of a greater hardness such as a titanium alloy, stainless steel, tungsten steel, aluminum alloy or the like. The hard metal element 12 has a second coupling surface 121 which has a latch trough 122 formed in a turtledove tail shape. The second coupling surface 121 and the latch trough 122 formed thereon correspond respectively to the first coupling surface 111 and the latch flange 112.

Because the second coupling surface 121 of the hard metal element 12 is corresponding to the first coupling surface 111 of the metal body 11, and the metal body 11 is softer, when they are aligned and compressed under a suitable pressure the latch flange 112 can be wedged and filled in the latch trough 122 to form a secured bonding between the metal body 11 and the hard metal element 12. To facilitate bonding of the metal body 11 and the hard metal element 12, heat may be applied during the compression and bonding process so that the molecular structure of the two may be altered to enhance the bonding stability (compression and heating of the hard metal element 12 and the metal body 11 are processes known in the art, thus details are omitted).

By means of the structure set forth above, the valuable ornament body 10 consists of at least one metal body 11 and one hard metal element 12. Because of their material characteristics, they can form a desired mechanical latching and bonding. The valuable ornament body 10 thus formed has two or more types of material characteristics on the appearance. Aside from having a greater hardness and abrasion-resistance on the valuable ornament body 10, the novel design thus formed can also increase product competitiveness.

FIG. 4 illustrates an embodiment with the latch trough 122 formed in a turtledove tail shape. FIG. 5 shows another embodiment with the latch trough formed in a C shape. Other shapes such as a narrower front side and wider rear side may also be adopted as long as they can achieve the coupling effect. Although the valuable ornament body 10 shown in the embodiments adopts a ring as an example, it may also be formed like a necklace or pendant as shown in FIG. 6, or other types of ornaments.

As a conclusion, this invention provides a novel structure and offers a significant improvement over the conventional techniques.

While the preferred embodiments of the invention have been set forth for the purpose of disclosure, modifications of the disclosed embodiments of the invention as well as other embodiments thereof may occur to those skilled in the art. Accordingly, the appended claims are intended to cover all embodiments which do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention.