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Pub. No.:    WO/2002/032249    International Application No.:    PCT/US2001/042760
Publication Date: Apr 25, 2002 International Filing Date: Oct 17, 2001
IPC: A44C 5/20
Applicants: CHENG, Howard
Inventors: CHENG, Howard
A jewelry clasp (10) used to secure a piece of jewelry to an individual. The clasp (10) includes a female part (12) attached to one end of the piece of jewelry that has a latch (34) pivotally mounted within a recess (30) on the female part. The latch (34) includes a hook (38) at one end having an outer sloping surface (40). The clasp (10) also includes a male part (14) attached to the opposite end of the piece of jewelry and including a loop (68). The loop (68) has a crossbar (72) at its outer end which has an outer sloping wall (76). The outer wall of the crossbar (72) and the outer surface of the hooks slope in similar directions, such that when the crossbar (72) is pressed against the hook (38), the hook slides upwardly with respect to the crossbar (72), until the hook (38) passes over the crossbar (72) and drops through the center of the loop (68) to engage the loop. The clasp (10) also includes a sleeve (84) slidably mounted to the male part (14) that selectively covers the engagement of the male part (14) and female part (12) when the clasp (10) is in the engaged position.