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1. WO2020110054 - FERMOIR POUR ARTICLE DE BIJOUTERIE ET PROCÉDÉS D'UTILISATION

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1. A connecting method for use with a main body and a tongue, the tongue having a respective shape and the main body having a respective shape, the tongue disposed to stand proud of a first external structure connected thereto, the main body and tongue each defining a respective near face and a respective far face, the main body defining a respective hole, the tongue defining a respective hole, the main body defining first and second ends, the main body disposed to be connected to a second external structure at its first end, the main body having a protrusion based at the second end and protruding into the respective hole and toward the first end, the protrusion being nearer the front face of the main body than the rear face thereof, the tongue with its respective hole defining a first portion of the tongue that is nearer the far face of the tongue than the front face thereof, the main body having a hinged cover disposed to be moved toward the hole of the main body and shaped generally to cover a portion of the hole of the main body, the cover further defining a latch tending to hold the cover in place as it covers a portion of the hole of main body, the method comprising the steps of:

juxtaposing the main body and the tongue between the first external structure and the second external structure, the tongue standing proud of the first external structure toward the main body, the main body extending from the second external structure toward the tongue, with the tongue located near the second end of the main body and away from the first end of the main body, the front face of the main body and the front face of the tongue facing the same way, the far face of the main body and the far face of the tongue facing the same way;

moving the tongue toward the main body;

inserting the tongue into the hole of the main body;

positioning the tongue so that the protrusion protrudes into the hole of the tongue and so that the first portion of the tongue is nearer the rear face of the main body than the front face of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is further away than the protrusion of the main body, and whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body penetrates into the hole of the tongue;

rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is substantially parallel to the front face of the main body, whereby the tongue is seated within the main body;

moving the cover toward the hole of the main body and latching it into place, thereby covering a portion of the hole of the main body and thereby covering a portion of the tongue.

2. The connecting method of claim 1 further characterized in that the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body are such that when the tongue is seated within the main body, the tongue and the main body are substantially space-filling, whereby the far faces of the tongue and the main body together make up a nearly flat face, and whereby the front faces of the tongue and the main body together make up a nearly flat face, and the tongue and the main body together make up a nearly cylindrical shape.

3. The connecting method of claim 2 further characterized in that the shape of the cover is substantially cylindrical, whereby when the tongue is seated within the main body, and when the cover is latched into place, the tongue, the main body, and the cover together make up a nearly cylindrical shape.

4. A disconnecting method for use with a main body and a tongue, the tongue having a respective shape and the main body having a respective shape, the tongue disposed to stand proud of a first external structure connected thereto, the main body and tongue each defining a respective near face and a respective far face, the main body defining a respective hole, the tongue defining a respective hole, the main body defining first and second ends, the main body disposed to be connected to a second external structure at its first end, the main body having a protrusion based at the second end and protruding into the respective hole and toward the first end, the protrusion being nearer the front face of the main body than the rear face thereof, the tongue with its respective hole defining a first portion of the tongue that is nearer the far face of the tongue than the front face thereof, the main body having a hinged cover disposed to be moved toward the hole of the main body and shaped generally to cover a portion of the hole of the main body, the cover further defining a latch tending to hold the cover in place as it covers a portion of the hole of main body, the tongue seated within the

main body with the front face of the tongue facing the same way as the front face of the main body and with the far face of the tongue facing the same way as the far face of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the protrusion of the main body protrudes into the hole of the tongue, the cover latched into place and covering the portion of the hole of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that the tongue and the main body are substantially space-filling, the rear faces of the tongue and the main body together making up a nearly flat face, the front faces of the tongue and the main body together making up a nearly flat face, the tongue and the main body together making up a nearly cylindrical shape, and the shape of the cover being substantially cylindrical, such that the tongue, the main body, and the cover together make up a nearly cylindrical shape, the method comprising the steps of:

unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body.

5. A disconnecting method for use with an item of jeweliy, the item of jewelry having some length, the item of jeweliy having along its length a number of substantially identical ingots, each of which having a characteristic shape, the item of jewelry further having a clasp shaped substantially like the characteristic shape, the clasp causing the item of jeweliy to be a closed loop, the clasp comprising a main body and a tongue, the tongue having a respective shape and the main body having a respective shape, the tongue disposed to stand proud of the length of the item of jewelry connected thereto, the main body and tongue each defining a respective near face and a respective far face, the main body defining a respective hole, the tongue defining a respective hole, the main body defining first and second ends, the main body disposed to be connected to the length of the item of jeweliy at its first end, the main body having a protrusion based at the second end and protruding into the respective hole and toward the first end, the protrusion being nearer the front face of the main body than the rear face thereof, the tongue with its respective hole defining a first portion of the tongue that is nearer the far face of the tongue than the front face thereof, the main body having a hinged cover disposed to be moved toward the hole of the main body and shaped generally to cover a portion of the hole of the main body, the cover further defining a latch tending to hold the cover in place as it covers a portion of the hole of main body, the tongue seated within the main body with the front face of the tongue facing the same way as the front face of the main body and with the far face of the tongue facing the same way as the far face of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the protrusion of the main body protrudes into the hole of the tongue, the cover latched into place and covering the portion of the hole of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that the tongue and the main body are substantially space-filling, the shapes of the tongue, the main body, and the cover together making up the shape of the clasp, the method comprising the steps of:

inspecting the item of jewelry with an aim of distinguishing the clasp from the ingots, and identifying the clasp;

at the clasp, unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

at the clasp, sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front

faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

at the clasp, rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

at the clasp, withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body, whereby the loop of the item of jeweliy is opened.

6. The method of claim 5 wherein the item of jewelry is a necklace.

7. The method of claim 5 wherein the item of jewelry is a bracelet.

8. The method of claim 5 wherein the item of jewelry is along its length a chain.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein the chain is a Cuban chain.

10. The method of claim 5 wherein the item of jewelry is along its length a flexible cable.

11. A method for use with an item of jewelry, the item of jewelry having some length, the item of jeweliy having along its length at least a first clasp and a second clasp, the first clasp shaped having a characteristic shape, the second clasp shaped having substantially the characteristic shape, the first clasp and the second clasp causing the item of jewelry to form a closed loop, each of the first clasp and the second clasp comprising a main body and a tongue, the tongue having a respective shape and the main body having a respective shape, the tongue disposed to stand proud of the length of the item of jeweliy connected thereto, the main body and tongue each defining a respective near face and a respective far face, the main body defining a respective hole, the tongue defining a respective hole, the main body defining first and second ends, the main body disposed to be connected to the length of the jeweliy at its first end, the main body having a protrusion based at the second end and protruding into the respective hole and toward the first end, the protrusion being nearer the front face of the main body than the rear face thereof, the tongue with its respective hole defining a first portion of the tongue that is nearer the far face of the tongue than the front face thereof, the main body having a hinged cover disposed to be moved toward the hole of the main body and shaped generally to cover a portion of the hole of the main body, the cover further defining a latch tending to hold the cover in place as it covers a portion of the hole of main body, the tongue seated within the main body with the front face of the tongue facing the same way as the front face of the main body and with the far face of the tongue facing the same way as the far face of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the protrusion of the main body protrudes into the hole of the tongue, the cover latched into place and covering the portion of the hole of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that the tongue and the main body are substantially space-filling, the shapes of the tongue, the main body, and the cover together making up the shape of the clasp, the method comprising the steps of:

at the first clasp, unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

at the first clasp, sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

at the first clasp, rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

at the first clasp, withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body, whereby the loop of the item of jeweliy is opened;

at the second clasp, unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

at the second clasp, sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

at the second clasp, rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

at the second clasp, withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body;

juxtaposing the main body of the first clasp and the tongue of the second clasp, the tongue standing proud of the length of the jewelry toward the main body, the main body extending from the length of the jewelry toward the tongue, with the tongue located near the second end of the main body and away from the first end of the main body, the front face of the main body and the front face of the tongue facing the same way, the far face of the main body and the far face of the tongue facing the same way;

moving the tongue toward the main body;

inserting the tongue into the hole of the main body;

positioning the tongue so that the protrusion protrudes into the hole of the tongue and so that the first portion of the tongue is nearer the rear face of the main body than the front face of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is further away than the protrusion of the main body;

sliding the tongue away from the first end of the main body and toward the second end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body penetrates into the hole of the tongue;

rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is substantially parallel to the front face of the main body, whereby the tongue is seated within the main body;

moving the cover toward the hole of the main body and latching it into place, thereby covering a portion of the hole of the main body and thereby covering a portion of the tongue, whereby the item of jeweliy again forms a closed loop of shorter length than the original length of the item of jewelry.

12. A method for use with first and second items of jeweliy, each of the first and second items of jewelry having some respective length, each of the first and second items of jewelry having a respective clasp, the clasp shaped having a characteristic shape, the clasp of each item of jeweliy causing the item of jeweliy to form a respective closed loop, each clasp comprising a main body and a tongue, the tongue having a respective shape and the main body having a respective shape, the tongue disposed to stand proud of the respective length of the item of jeweliy connected thereto, the main body and tongue each defining a respective near face and a respective far face, the main body defining a respective hole, the tongue defining a respective hole, the main body defining first and second ends, the main body disposed to be connected to the respective length the item of jewelry at its first end, the main body having a protrusion based at the second end and protruding into the respective hole and toward the first end, the protrusion being nearer the front face of the main body than the rear face thereof, the tongue with its respective hole defining a first portion of the tongue that is nearer the far face of the tongue than the front face thereof, the main body having a hinged cover disposed to be moved toward the hole of the main body and shaped generally to cover a portion of the hole of the main body, the cover further defining a latch tending to hold the cover in place as it covers a portion of the hole of main body, the tongue seated within the main body with the front face of the tongue facing the same way as the front face of the main body and with the far face of the tongue facing the same way as the far face of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that with the tongue seated within the main body, from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the protrusion of the main body protrudes into the hole of the tongue, the cover latched into place and covering the portion of the hole of the main body, the shape of the tongue and the shape of the main body such that the tongue and the main body are substantially space-filling, the shapes of the tongue, the main body, and the cover together making up the shape of the clasp, the method comprising the steps of:

at the first clasp, unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

at the first clasp, sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

at the first clasp, rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

at the first clasp, withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body, whereby the loop of the first item of jewelry is opened;

at the second clasp, unlatching and opening the cover, thereby uncovering the portion of the hole of the main body, and thereby uncovering the tongue;

at the second clasp, sliding the tongue within the main body away from the second end of the main body and toward the first end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue ceases to be behind the protrusion of the main body,

at the second clasp, rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is angled away from the front face of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body ceases to penetrate into the hole of the tongue; and

at the second clasp, withdrawing the tongue from the hole of the main body, whereby the loop of the second item of jewelry is opened;

juxtaposing the main body of the first clasp and the tongue of the second clasp, the tongue standing proud of the length of the jewelry toward the main body, the main body extending from the length of the jewelry toward the tongue, with the tongue located near the second end of the main body and away from the first end of the main body, the front face of the main body and the front face of the tongue facing the same way, the far face of the main body and the far face of the tongue facing the same way;

moving the tongue toward the main body;

inserting the tongue into the hole of the main body;

positioning the tongue so that the protrusion protrudes into the hole of the tongue and so that the first portion of the tongue is nearer the rear face of the main body than the front face of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is further away than the protrusion of the main body;

sliding the tongue away from the first end of the main body and toward the second end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body penetrates into the hole of the tongue;

rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is substantially parallel to the front face of the main body, whereby the tongue is seated within the main body;

moving the cover toward the hole of the main body and latching it into place, thereby covering a portion of the hole of the main body and thereby covering a portion of the tongue;

juxtaposing the main body of the second clasp and the tongue of the first clasp, the tongue standing proud of the length of the jewelry toward the main body, the main body extending from the length of the jewelry toward the tongue, with the tongue located near the second end of the main body and away from the first end of the main body, the front face of the main body and the front face of the tongue facing the same way, the far face of the main body and the far face of the tongue facing the same way;

moving the tongue toward the main body;

inserting the tongue into the hole of the main body;

positioning the tongue so that the protrusion protrudes into the hole of the tongue and so that the first portion of the tongue is nearer the rear face of the main body than the front face of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is further away than the protrusion of the main body; sliding the tongue away from the first end of the main body and toward the second end of the main body, whereby from the perspective of the front faces of the main body and the tongue the first portion of the tongue is behind the protrusion of the main body, whereby the protrusion of the main body penetrates into the hole of the tongue;

rotating the tongue relative to the main body until its front face is substantially parallel to the front face of the main body, whereby the tongue is seated within the main body;

moving the cover toward the hole of the main body and latching it into place, thereby covering a portion of the hole of the main body and thereby covering a portion of the tongue;

whereby the first item of jewelry together with the second item of jeweliy together form a single closed loop having a length greater than the length of either item of jeweliy taken alone.

13. The method of claim 11 or 12 wherein each item of jeweliy is a necklace.

14. The method of claim 11 or 12 wherein each item of jeweliy is a bracelet.

15. The method of claim 11 or 12 wherein each item of jeweliy is along its length a chain.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein the chain is a Cuban chain.

17. The method of claim 11 or 12 wherein each item of jeweliy is along its length a flexible cable.

18. The method of claim 11 wherein at its original length the item of jewelry is a necklace and at its shorter length the item of jewelry is a bracelet.

19. The method of claim 12 wherein the first time of jewelry is a bracelet, and where in the second item of jeweliy is a bracelet, and wherein the single closed loop of greater length is a necklace.

20. A clasp for an item of jewelry, comprising:

a main body, wherein:

said main body has top, bottom, front, rear, right, and left sides,

said main body is adapted to be coupled to an end of a chain for an item of jeweliy, said main body has a through-hole extending from said body member’s top side to its bottom side, and

said main body has a protrusion disposed from the right side of said main body and horizontally into and over a portion of said through-hole; and

a tongue, said tongue having a base and a mating projection, wherein:

said tongue base is adapted to be coupled to an end of a chain for an item of jeweliy, said mating projection includes two extended members separated by a space that is sized to be inserted into said through-hole and to receive said main-body protrusion when the clasp is engaged, and

said two extended members are joined at the distal end (relative to said tongue base) with a joining member that extends downward and is sized to substantially fill said through-hole when the clasp is engaged with said protrusion disposed above said joining member;

wherein when said tongue’s mating projection is inserted into said through-hole and rotated back to a fully seated position relative to said main body and slidably positioned to engage said protrusion with said main body:

said tongue joining member is disposed to fill said through hole to substantially form a flat contiguous bottom surface with said main body and said tongue,

the upper surface of said fully seated tongue lies in a flat plane relative to the top surface of said main body, and

said protrusion on said main body overlaps said tongue’s joining member within said space separating said two extended members on said mating projection.

21. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 20, further comprising a hinged cover that is adapted to be closed over and releasably latched over said main body while fully engaged with said fully seated tongue.

22. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 20, wherein said main body is coupled to an end of a chain for an item of jeweliy via a means selected from the group consisting of welding, clamping with fasteners, tying, gluing, and interference fit.

23. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 20, wherein said base of said tongue is coupled to an end of a chain for an item of jeweliy via a means selected from the group consisting of welding, clamping with fasteners, tying, gluing, and interference fit.

24. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 20, wherein the top-right side edges of said main body is sloped downward to help facilitate the engagement with said tongue.

25. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 20, wherein the edges at the top-distal end of said tongue’s mating projection are sloped downward to help facilitate easier insertion of said tongue into said main body via said through-hole.

26. The clasp for an item of jeweliy of claim 21, wherein said main body and hinged cover include ornamentation selected from the group consisting of writing, iconography, engraving, and any combination thereof.

27. An item of jeweliy comprising at least one clasp according to claim 20 and at least one chain.

28. The item of jewelry claim 27, wherein said at least one clasp further comprises a hinged cover that is adapted to be closed over and releasably latched over the main body of said at least one clasp while fully engaged with said fully seated tongue.

29. The item of jewelry of claim 27, wherein said at least one clasp’s main body and tongues are each coupled to an end of a chain via a means selected from the group consisting of welding, clamping with fasteners, tying, gluing, and interference fit.

30. The item of jewelry of claim 27, wherein the top-right side edges of the main body of said at least one clasp is sloped downward to help facilitate the engagement with the tongue of said at least one clasp.

31. The item of jewelry of claim 27, wherein the edges at the top-distal end of the tongue’s mating projection of said at least one clasp are sloped downward to help facilitate easier insertion of the tongue of said at least one clasp into the main body via said through-hole of said at least one clasp.

32. The item of jewelry of claim 28, wherein the main body and hinged cover of said at least one clasp include ornamentation selected from the group consisting of writing, iconography, engraving, and any combination thereof.

33. The item of jewelry of claim 32, further comprising at least one non-clasp charm or ingot, wherein said at least one clasp is sized, shaped, and ornamented to look like at least one of said non-clasp charm or ingot that is part of said item of jeweliy.

34. The item of jewelry of claim 33, wherein said at least one clasp and each of said at least one non-clasp charm or ingot are identically ornamented.

35. The item of jewelry of claim 32, comprising a plurality of said clasps such that multiple lengths of chain are used and coupled via said plurality of said clasps such that the effective length of the item of jeweliy can be varied by a user by adding or removing one of more lengths of chain and an associated clasp.

36. The item of jewelry of claim 35, wherein a user can change out any of said plurality of clasps with other clasps to create a custom item of jewelry.

37. The item of jewelry of claim 27, wherein said at least one chain for an item of jeweliy is selected from the group consisting of metal chains, string, leather cord, other cordage, and a linked series of charms or ingots.

38. The item of jewelry of claim 35, wherein said item of jewelry is of a type selected from the group consisting of necklace, bracelet, and anklet.

39. The item of jewelry of claim 35, wherein said item of jewelry is a Cuban link chain.