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Publication numberUS20050241115 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/836,528
Publication dateNov 3, 2005
Filing dateApr 30, 2004
Priority dateApr 30, 2004
Also published asCA2488570A1, CN1693940A
Publication number10836528, 836528, US 2005/0241115 A1, US 2005/241115 A1, US 20050241115 A1, US 20050241115A1, US 2005241115 A1, US 2005241115A1, US-A1-20050241115, US-A1-2005241115, US2005/0241115A1, US2005/241115A1, US20050241115 A1, US20050241115A1, US2005241115 A1, US2005241115A1
InventorsDeborah Zoullas
Original AssigneeZoullas Deborah A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Eyeglass-holder necklace assembly
US 20050241115 A1
Abstract
A swivel-linker for use in a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses includes a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop side connector. The necklace-side connector is attachable to a necklace. The holder-loop side connector has a connector opening configured to receive an eyeglass-holder loop having an eyeglass opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses. The connector opening is configured to allow the holder-loop-side connector to rotate about the eyeglass-holder loop when the eyeglass-holder loop is received in the connector opening. The holder-loop-side connector includes a pin protruding away from the connector opening. The necklace-side connector has a cavity configured to receive the pin and to rotatably connect the necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector to allow a full rotation between the necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector by a swivel axis. Rotation of the holder-loop-side connector relative to the necklace-side-connector and/or the holder-loop-side connector relative to the eyeglass-holder-loop relieves twisting induced in the necklace in response to the holder-loop-side connector receiving the eyeglass-holder loop, the necklace-side connector being connected to the necklace and the necklace being worn about the neck of a wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in the eyeglass-holder loop with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of the eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of the eyeglass opening.
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1. A necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses, the necklace assembly comprising:
a necklace for wearing about a neck of a wearer, said necklace having a first end and a second end; and
an eyeglass-holder assembly connected between said first end and said second end of said necklace, said eyeglass-holder assembly comprising:
an eyeglass-holder loop having an opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses;
a first swivel linker and a second swivel linker, each swivel linker having a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector, said necklace-side connector and said holder-loop-side connector being rotatably connected to each other to allow full rotation about a swivel axis;
said holder-loop-side connectors of said first swivel linker and said second swivel linker being connected to the eyeglass-holder loop at locations spaced apart from one another about the loop and said holder-loop-side connectors being rotatable about said loop; and
each necklace-side connector being fixedly connected to said necklace; and
wherein the necklace assembly may be worn about the neck of the wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in said eyeglass-holder loop of said eyeglass-holder assembly with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of said eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of said loop opening and with twisting induced in said necklace by movement of the wearer tending to be relieved by rotation of at least one of said holder-loop-side connectors relative to said necklace-side connectors and said holder-loop-side connectors relative to said loop.
2. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said necklace-side connector comprises a cylindrical shape and comprises an interior surface having an interior groove configured to receive a pin of said holder-loop-side connector to allow the full rotation about the swivel axis.
3. The assembly of claim of 2 wherein said groove comprises a circumferential groove.
4. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said holder-loop-side connector comprises a pin, said necklace-side connector comprises an interior groove, and said pin being configured to be received within said interior groove to allow said pin to rotate within said groove.
5. The assembly of claim 4 wherein said pin comprises a head portion rotatably engageable with said groove to allow the pin to rotate within said groove.
6. The assembly of claim 5 wherein said pin comprises a neck portion extending from the head portion to an outer surface of a loop portion of said holder-loop-side connector.
7. The assembly of claim 6 wherein said head portion comprises a greater outside diameter than the neck portion.
8. The assembly of claim 7 wherein said head portion and said groove are complementarily shaped and dimensioned to allow said pin to rotate in said necklace-side connector and to retain said pin in said groove.
9. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said necklace-side connector comprises a cavity, and wherein said holder-loop-side connector comprises a pin, said pin being configured to be received within said cavity to allow said pin to rotate within said cavity.
10. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said necklace-side connector comprises a cavity, one of said first end and said second end being received within said cavity and being fixedly connected to an interior surface of said necklace-side connector in said cavity.
11. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said first end and said second end of said necklace comprise non-looped ends of said necklace, and wherein each necklace-side connector is fixedly connected to one of said first end and said second end.
12. The assembly of claim 1 wherein each of said first end and said second end of said necklace are glued to one of said necklace-side connectors to form said fixed connection between each necklace-side connector and said necklace.
13. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said swivel axis comprises an axis substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of one of said first end and said second end of said necklace.
14. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said holder-loop-side connector is rotatable relative to said loop about an axis substantially perpendicular to said swivel axis.
15. A necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses, the necklace assembly comprising:
a necklace for wearing about a neck of a wearer, said necklace having a first end and a second end; and
an eyeglass-holder assembly connected between said first end and said second end of said necklace, said eyeglass-holder assembly comprising:
an eyeglass-holder loop having an opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses;
a first swivel linker and a second swivel linker, each swivel linker having a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector, said necklace-side connector and said holder-loop-side connector being rotatably connected to each other to allow full rotation about a swivel axis, said swivel axis being substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of one of said first end and said second end of said necklace;
said holder-loop-side connectors of said first swivel linker and said second swivel linker being connected to the eyeglass-holder loop at locations spaced apart from one another about the loop and said holder-loop-side connectors being rotatable about said loop; and
wherein the necklace assembly may be worn about the neck of the wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in said eyeglass-holder loop of said eyeglass-holder assembly with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of said eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of said loop opening and with twisting induced in said necklace by movement of the wearer tending to be relieved by rotation of at least one of said holder-loop-side connectors relative to said necklace-side connectors and said holder-loop-side connectors relative to said loop.
16. A swivel-linker for use in a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses, the system comprising:
a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector, said necklace-side connector being attachable to a necklace;
said holder-loop-side connector having a connector opening configured to receive an eyeglass-holder loop having an eyeglass opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses, said connector opening configured to allow said holder-loop-side connector to rotate about the eyeglass-holder loop when the eyeglass-holder loop is received in said connector opening, said holder-loop-side connector including a pin protruding away from said connector opening;
said necklace-side connector having a cavity configured to receive said pin to rotatably connect said necklace-side connector and said holder-loop-side connector and to allow full rotation between said necklace-side connector and said holder-loop-side connector about a swivel axis; and
wherein rotation of at least one of said holder-loop-side connector relative to said necklace-side connector and said holder-loop-side connector relative to the eyeglass-holder loop relieves twisting induced in the necklace in response to said holder-loop-side connector receiving the eyeglass-holder loop, said necklace-side connector being connected to the necklace and the necklace being worn about the neck of a wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in the eyeglass-holder loop with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of the eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of the eyeglass opening.
17. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said cavity of said necklace-side connector comprises an interior surface having an interior groove configured to receive said pin to allow the full rotation about the swivel axis.
18. The swivel-linker of claim of 17 wherein said interior surface comprises a circumferential groove.
19. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said necklace-side connector comprises a cylindrical shape.
20. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said pin comprises a head portion rotatably engageable with said cavity to allow the pin to rotate within said cavity.
21. The swivel-linker of claim 20 wherein said pin comprises a neck portion extending from the head portion to an outer surface of a loop portion of said holder-loop-side connector.
22. The swivel-linker of claim 21 wherein said head portion comprises a greater outside diameter than said neck portion.
23. The swivel-linker of claim 20 wherein said cavity comprises an interior surface having a groove and said head portion and said groove are complementarily shaped and dimensioned to allow said pin to rotate in said necklace-side connector and to retain said pin in said groove.
24. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said cavity of said necklace-side connector is configured to receive a first end of the necklace and said cavity comprises an interior surface configured to be fixedly connected to the first end to retain the first end in said cavity.
25. The swivel-linker of claim 24 further comprising glue for fixedly connecting the first end to said interior surface.
26. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said swivel axis comprises an axis substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of an end of the necklace in response to the end being fixedly connected to said necklace-side connector.
27. The swivel-linker of claim 16 wherein said holder-loop-side connector is rotatable relative to the eyeglass-holder loop about an axis substantially perpendicular to said swivel axis in response to the eyeglass-holder loop being received in said connector opening of said holder-loop-side connector.
28. The swivel-linker of claim 16 in combination with an eyeglass-holder loop received in said connector opening.
29. The swivel-linker of claim 28 further in combination with a necklace attached to said necklace-side connector.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a holder for a pair of eyeglasses and, more particularly, to a necklace assembly for holding eyeglasses which can be worn about the neck.

BACKGROUND ART

Generally, persons who wear eyeglasses remove and replace them frequently during the course of a day. When an eyeglass wearer removes his or her eyeglasses, it is usually desired to keep the eyeglasses close at hand in order to be able to replace them conveniently. Upon removing eyeglasses, therefore, eyeglass wearers frequently place the eyeglasses in a pocket of a shirt or coat, or hang the eyeglasses from a neck opening of a sweater or a blouse by inserting a temple piece of the eyeglasses down inside the garment. However, eyeglasses may fall from a shirt or coat pocket or from a neck opening of a sweater or blouse when the eyeglass wearer bends over, which is at best an annoyance and which can result in damage to the eyeglasses. In addition, certain styles of garments do not have pockets or neck openings suitable for holding eyeglasses.

Thus, a need exists for an eyeglass holder necklace assembly which holds a pair of eyeglasses neatly and securely even as a wearer of the necklace assembly moves about.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides, in a first aspect, a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses which includes a necklace and an eyeglass-holder assembly. The necklace has a first end and second end. The eyeglass-holder assembly includes an eyeglass-holder loop, a first swivel linker and a second swivel linker. The eyeglass-holder loop includes an opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses. Each swivel linker has a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector. The necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector are rotatably connected to each other to allow full rotation about a swivel axis. The holder-loop-side connectors of the first swivel linker and the second swivel linker are connected to the eyeglass-holder loop at locations spaced apart from one another about the loop and the holder-loop-side connectors are rotatable about the loop. Each necklace-side connector is fixably connected to the necklace. The necklace assembly may be worn about the neck of the wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in the eyeglass-holder loop of the eyeglass-holder assembly with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of the eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of the loop opening. Twisting induced in the necklace by movement of the wearer tends to be relieved by rotation of the holder-loop-side connectors relative to the necklace-side connectors and/or the holder-loop-side connectors relative to the loop.

The present invention provides, in a second aspect, a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses which includes a necklace and an eyeglass-holder assembly. The necklace has a first end and a second end. The eyeglass-holder assembly includes an eyeglass-holder loop, a first swivel linker and a second swivel linker. The eyeglass-holder loop includes an opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses. Each swivel linker has a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector. The necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector are rotatably connected to each other to allow full rotation about a swivel axis. The swivel axis is substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of one of the first end and the second end of the necklace. The holder-loop-side connectors of the first swivel linker and the second swivel linker are connected to the eyeglass-holder loop at locations spaced apart from one another about the loop, and the holder-loop-side connectors are rotatable about the loop. The necklace assembly may be worn about the neck of the wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in the eyeglass-holder loop of the eyeglass-holder assembly with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of the eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of the loop opening. Twisting induced in the necklace by movement of the wearer tends to be relieved by rotation of the holder-loop-side connectors relative to the necklace-side connectors and/or the holder-loop-side connectors relative to the loop.

The present invention provides, in a third aspect, a swivel-linker for use in a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses which includes a necklace-side connector and a holder-loop-side connector. The necklace-side connector is attachable to a necklace. The holder-loop-side connector has a connector opening configured to receive an eyeglass-holder loop having an eyeglass opening passing therethrough shaped and dimensioned to receive a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses. The connector opening is configured to allow the holder-loop-side connector to rotate about the eyeglass-holder loop when the eyeglass-holder loop is received in the connector opening. The holder-loop-side connector includes a pin protruding away from the connector opening. The necklace-side connector has a cavity configured to receive the pin and to rotatably connect the necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector to allow a full rotation between the necklace-side connector and the holder-loop-side connector about a swivel axis. Rotation of the holder-loop-side connector relative to the necklace-side-connector and/or the holder-loop-side connector relative to the eyeglass-holder-loop relieves twisting induced in the necklace in response to the holder-loop-side connector receiving the eyeglass-holder loop, the necklace-side connector being connected to the necklace and the necklace being worn about the neck of a wearer with a pair of eyeglasses in a folded-closed configuration removably pendulously held in the eyeglass-holder loop with a temple piece extending downwardly from one side of the eyeglass-holder loop opening and a lens frame of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from an opposite side of the eyeglass opening.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The subject matter which is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of an eyeglass-holder necklace assembly as worn about the neck of a wearer in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along line 2,2′ of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a necklace and a necklace-side connector of the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged partial side cross-sectional view of a swivel linker of the necklace assembly of FIG. 1 connected to an eyeglass-holder loop;

FIG. 5 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along line 5,5′ of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged partial side cross-sectional view of a swivel linker of the necklace assembly of FIG. 1 connected to an eyeglass-holder loop;

FIG. 7 is a side elevation view of an alternative necklace for connection to the necklace-side connector of FIG. 1 in accordance with the present invention; and

FIG. 8 is a side elevation view of an alternative necklace for connection to the necklace-side connector of FIG. 1 in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

In accordance with the principles of the present invention, a necklace assembly for holding a pair of eyeglasses is provided. In an exemplary embodiment depicted in FIG. 1, a necklace assembly 10 for holding a pair of eyeglasses 12 includes an elongated necklace 14 and an eyeglass holder assembly 20.

Necklace 14 is depicted in FIG. 1 as a simple cord, and such cord may be flexible and/or resilient for example. Alternatively, necklace 14 may be an ornamental jewelry chain, such as the jewelry chain necklaces 15 and 17 shown in FIGS. 7-8 or a string of beads. For example, the jewelry chain necklace 15 could be a jewelry chain made of gold, silver or other precious metal or of a mock-tortoise-shell or mock-ivory plastic material. Also, necklace 14 could be a flexible and/or resilient cord having beads (not shown) strung along it.

At opposite ends of necklace 14 are a first necklace end 16 and a second necklace end 18. Eyeglass-holder assembly 20 is connected to first necklace end 16 and second necklace end 18. Eyeglass-holder assembly 20 includes an eyeglass-holder ring 22, a first swivel linker 24, and a second swivel linker 26.

First swivel linker 24 and second swivel linker 26 are constructed identically. As shown best in FIGS. 2-4, second swivel linker 26 includes a necklace-side connector 28 and a holder-ring-side connector ring 30 (also referred to herein as a holder-loop-side connector). Necklace-side connector 28 and holder-ring-side connector ring 30 of swivel linker 26 are rotatably connected together by a pin-and-socket arrangement.

In particular, a top end 27 of necklace-side connector 28 of second swivel linker 26 is fixedly connected to second necklace end 18 and a bottom end 29 of necklace-side connector 28 is rotatably connected to holder-ring-side connector ring 30. More specifically, necklace-side connector 28 may be cylindrically shaped. Also, necklace-side connector 28 includes a cavity 21 which may receive second necklace end 18. An interior surface 23 defining cavity 21 may be glued to second necklace end 18 to fixedly connect necklace-side connector 28 to second necklace end 18. Interior surface 23 may also include a groove 31 for receiving a linker pin 32 of holder-ring-side connector ring 30. Interior surface 23 may be cylindrically shaped, exclusive of groove 31.

Linker pin 32 projects radially outwardly from an outer circumferential surface 130 of a loop portion 132 of connector ring 30. Linker pin 32 is substantially rotationally symmetric about an axis 140 which defines a swivel axis associated with second swivel linker 26 as depicted in FIG. 2. Swivel axis 140 may be substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of second end 18 of necklace 14 and/or a longitudinal axis of necklace-side connector 28. Linker pin 32 has a head portion 34 spaced apart from outer circumferential surface 130 of holder-ring-side connector ring 30 and a neck portion 36 which extends between head portion 34 and outer circumferential surface 130. The diameter of neck portion 36 of linker pin 32 is narrower than head portion 34.

Necklace-side connector 28 of second swivel linker 26 has an opening passing radially through it which forms cavity 21. Interior surface 23 of cavity 21 is substantially rotationally symmetric with a contour which is complementary to the outside surfaces of linker pin 32. In particular, interior surface 23 of cavity 21 has an outer portion 143 which corresponds to neck portion 36 of linker pin 32 and includes an expanded radially inner portion, i.e., groove 31, which corresponds to head portion 34. Outer portion 143 has a smaller inside diameter than groove 31.

Linker pin 32 of holder-ring-side connector ring 30 of second swivel linker 26 may extend within cavity 21 of the necklace-side connector 28 of the swivel linker 26 and is retained against withdrawal in the swivel axis direction by interference between the greater outside diameter of head portion 34 of linker pin 32 and the smaller inside diameter of outer portion 143. The inside diameter of groove 31 is sufficiently greater than outside diameters of corresponding portions (e.g., head portion 34) of the linker pin 32 to provide clearance for linker pin 32 to rotate unimpeded about swivel axis 140 in groove 31 and cavity 21.

As shown best in FIGS. 2-3, eyeglass-holder ring 22 passes through a connector-ring central opening 40 in holder-ring-side connector ring 30 of second swivel linker 26 to connect swivel linker 26 to eyeglass-holder ring 22. Second necklace end 18 is thus connected to the eyeglass-holder ring 22 by second swivel linker 26. Corresponding to second swivel linker 26, eyeglass-holder ring 22 has a second pair of swivel-linker collar stops 42 and 44 extending around the eyeglass-holder ring 22 on opposing sides of the holder-ring-side connector ring 30 of the second swivel linker 26, as may be seen in FIG. 4. The second pair of swivel-linker collar stops 42 and 44 fixes the position of the second swivel linker 26 azimuthally on the eyeglass-holder ring 22. A distance between facing surfaces of swivel-linker collar stops 42 and 44 of the second pair is greater than a thickness of holder-ring-side connector ring 30 between the collar stops by a pivot-motion clearance amount. Similarly, an inside diameter of central connector-ring opening 40 in holder-ring-side connector ring 30 is greater than the outside diameter of the portion of eyeglass-holder ring 22 passing through the central opening 40 by a pivot-motion clearance amount. Clearance is therefore provided for second swivel linker 26 and eyeglass-holder ring 22 to pivot freely relative to one another.

A second pivot axis may be defined for the pivotal connection between the eyeglass-holder ring 22 and the second swivel linker 26 as a second pivot axis 150 about which pivotal motion between eyeglass-holder ring 22 and swivel linker 26 can occur as best shown in FIG. 4. Second pivot axis 150 extends approximately in the plane defined by the eyeglass-holder ring 22. Swivel axis 140 of second swivel linker 26 extends substantially perpendicular to second pivot axis 150.

First swivel linker 24 includes a holder-ring-side connector ring 70 rotatably connected to a necklace-side connector 50 by the pin-and-socket arrangement described above in connection with the second swivel linker 26, as depicted in FIGS. 5-6. Necklace-side connector 50 includes an interior surface 53, an interior 51, a top end 57, a lower end 59 and a groove 56, similar to necklace-side connector 28. Eyeglass-holder ring 22 passes through a central opening 192 in the holder-ring-side connector ring 70. As best depicted in FIG. 6, a first pair of swivel-linker collar stops 72, 74 extend around the eyeglass-holder ring 22 on opposing sides of holder-ring-side connector ring 70 of first swivel linker 24 to fix the position of first swivel linker 24 azimuthally on eyeglass holder ring 22. Clearances are provided between the swivel-linker collar stops 72, 74 and holder-ring-side connector ring 70 of first swivel linker 24 and between inside surfaces of central opening 192 in holder-ring-side connector ring 70 and outer surfaces of the portion of eyeglass-holder ring 22 passing through central opening 192 to permit eyeglass-holder ring 22 and first swivel linker 24 to pivot freely relative to one another. The pivoting of first swivel linker 24 and eyeglass-holder ring 22 relative to one another occurs about a pivot axis 180 which extends approximately in the plane of eyeglass-holder ring 22 and generally perpendicular to a swivel axis 190 of first swivel linker 24. Swivel axis 190 may be substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of first end 16 of necklace 14 and/or a longitudinal axis of necklace-side connector 50.

Turning again to FIG. 1, the first pair of swivel linker collar stops 72, 74 and the second pair of swivel-linker collar stops 42, 44 respectively fix the positions of first swivel-linker and second swivel linker 26 azimuthally at a separation from one another of about 90 degrees of arc about eyeglass-holder ring 22.

A central opening 76 of the eyeglass-holder ring 22 of the eyeglass-holder assembly 20 defines a temple-piece-receiver ring opening 76. Eyeglasses 12 in a folded closed configuration can be held in the eyeglass-holder ring 22 with temple piece 78 of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from one side of the temple-piece-receiver ring opening 76 and the lens frame 80 of the eyeglasses extending downwardly from the opposite side of ring opening 76. The first and the second swivel linkers 24 and 26 relieve twisting which can occur in necklace 14 as a result of movement of the wearer of necklace assembly 10, so that necklace 14 and eyeglass-holder assembly 20 bearing the eyeglasses 12 tend to lie neatly on the chest of the wearer.

It is not intended to limit the present invention to the specific embodiments described above. For example, the eyeglass-holder loop of the eyeglass-holder assembly of the necklace assembly of the invention could have an oval, hexagonal, octagonal, serpentine or other non-circular shape. Jewelry chains or strings of beads of a wide variety of styles may be used for the necklace of the necklace assembly of the invention.

Further, the necklace-side connectors and holder-ring-side connector rings may be formed of various shapes and sizes configured to connect to necklaces and eyeglass-holder loops, respectively. For example, the necklace-side connectors could be spherically shaped. Also, a cavity (e.g. cavity 21) of a necklace-side connector (e.g., necklace-side connector 28) could be of any of various shapes and sizes configured to receive various size projecting components (e.g., pin 32) of various shaped holder-side connectors (e.g., holder-ring-side connector ring 30). Also, grooves (e.g., groove 32) in such cavities of such necklace-side connectors could be of various shapes and sizes configured (e.g., shaped and dimensioned) to receive such projecting components while rotatably connecting the necklace-side connectors and projecting components. Also, loop portions (e.g., loop portion 132) of holder-side connectors (e.g., holder-ring-side connector rings 30) may be continuous loops without openings when connected to necklace-side connectors (e.g., necklace-side connector 28). Alternatively, one or more loop portions connected to an eyeglass-holder loop (e.g., eyeglass-holder loop 22) may be openable at one or more locations to allow releasable attachment of such loop portions to the eyeglass-holder loop.

Although preferred embodiments have been depicted and described in detail herein, it will be apparent to those skilled in the relevant art that various modifications, additions, substitutions and the like can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and these are therefore considered to be within the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification24/3.3, 24/3.4
International ClassificationA45F3/00, A44C15/00, A44C25/00, A45F5/00, G02C11/00, A45C11/04, A44B99/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45F2003/002, A45F2005/006, A45F5/00, A45F2200/0541, Y10T24/1371, A44C15/003, Y10T24/1374
European ClassificationA45F5/00, A44C15/00G
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Dec 13, 2004ASAssignment
Owner name: LA LOOP, LLC, NEW YORK
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:ZOULLAS, DEBORAH A.;REEL/FRAME:015440/0680
Effective date: 20041208