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Publication numberUS2795118 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 11, 1957
Filing dateNov 21, 1955
Priority dateNov 21, 1955
Publication numberUS 2795118 A, US 2795118A, US-A-2795118, US2795118 A, US2795118A
InventorsKarl Shill
Original AssigneeKarl Shill
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Earring pad having a diaphragm for varying the pressure exerted on the ear
US 2795118 A
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June 11, 1957 K. SHILL 2,795,118

EARRING PAD HAVING A DIAPHRAGM FOR VARYING THE PRESSURE EXERTED ON THE EAR Filed Nov. 21, 1955 INVENTOR. KARL SH/L L Y $424M, M9-M A T TORNEYS United States Patent- EARRING PAD HAVING A DIAPHRAGM FOR 'VARYIN G THE PRESSURE EXERTED ON THE EAR Karl Shill, Hayward, Calif.

Application November 21, 1955, Serial No. 548,026

5 Claims. (Cl. 63--14) This invention relates to a device-adapted to be attached to the pressure pad of an earring, and has for one of its objects the provision of inconspicuous means adapted to easily and readily be attached to the pressure pad on an earring to promote the comfort of the wearer and to insure against loss of the earring.

The device of this invention is particularly adapted for use on earrings of the type that have a pressure pad secured on one end of a screw. The screw threadedly extends through the end of one arm of a U-shaped member while the end of the other arm is opposed to the pad. This structure resembles a small clamp. When the pressure pad is positioned at one side of the lobe of the ear and the end of the arm opposed thereto is at the other side of the lobe, the pad will be tightened against the lobe upon rotating the screw carrying the pad.

Earring clamps of the above type very frequently slip off the ear lobe and the earrings are lost or damaged. Also, such clamps are uncomfortable, and with changes in temperatures, the parts of the body including the ear lobes will expand and contract and may become moist or dry, which adds to the discomfort of the wearer as well as contributing to the insecurity of the earring clamps.

With the present invention, the pressure pad is covered and the lobe engaging side is formed and is supported on the pressure pad so as to be yieldable under the expansion and contraction that follows temperature changes, and to be secure on the ear lobe against slippage.

Other objects and advantages will appear in the description and in the drawings.

In the drawings,

Fig. 1 is an enlarged perspective view of an earring with the present invention, partly in cross section, secured on the pressure pad.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged sectional view taken through the device of this invention on a pressure pad, and before any pressure isapplied to the pad.

Fig. 3 is substantially the same as Fig. 2, except that a light pressure ison the device, a portion of the ear lobe being indicated as in engagement with the device.

Fig. 4 is a plan view of the device (reduced size com- .pared with Fig. 2) provided with removable extensions to facilitate securing it on the pressure pad of an earring.

Fig. 5 is a side elevational view of the device shown in Fig. 4.

In detail, the device of this invention comprises an annular element, generally designated 1.

The annular element 1 is formed with a pair of axially outwardly opening recesses 2, 3, in its opposite sides, and a relatively thick flat sided diaphragm 4 positioned closer to the outer side of recess 2 than to the outer side of recess 3 provides a common bottom for said recesses.

The recess 2 is on the side of the device that is adapted to engage the lobe 5 of the ear of the wearer (Fig. 3) while recess 3 is to receive and substantially enclose the adjustable pressure pad 6 of the earring 7.

A screw 8 carries pad 6, and said screw threadedly extends through theouter end of one arm 9 of a U or C clamp, while the other end 10 of said clamp is opposed to the pad.

, Theusual pressure pad 6 of the earring is formed with a convex surface facing theend 10 of the clamp for wearer comfort. However, this results in slippage of the pad on the lobe of the car. If the surface is roughened, the pain to the wearer is not endurable.

' In the device lthe recess 3 is an enlargement within the body of the device, since the opening 12 is relatively small, being only slightly larger than the screw 8.. The maximum diameter of recess 3 is about equal to the diameter of the circular pressure pad 6 and since the ma terial of the, device 1 is elastic, the sides of the opening- 12 will readily stretch sufiiciently to enable 'the pressure pad to enter recess 3'. w

The depth of recess 3 axially of the device 1 is about equal to the maximum .thickness of the pressure pad.

' From their central engaging points the spacing between the pressure pad and the diaphragm is progressively greater in direction radially outwardly of the pad and diaphragm. This combination is quite important, as will be later described.

The annular-rim 14 around recess 2 is of the same internal diameter as the maximum internal diameterot' the recess 3. v 3 I In actual practice, when the lobe 5 of the earis posik tioned between the nm 14 andtheend 10 of the U-clarnp that is opposed to said rim, and when the screw 8 is rotated to tighten to clamp the lobe between the device 1 and the end 10, there will be a yieldable pressure of the outer annular edge of mm 14 against the inner side of the lobe 5.

This is because the diaphragm 4 is yieldable axially at its outer edge where it connects with the rim 14. As the tightening of the device against the ear increases, the soft rim 14 will cause a slight annular indentation in the lobe with the result that the portion of the lobe within the rim 14 will project into recess 2 (Fig. 3). will not slip on the ear lobe under the abo'veconditions,

even when-the ornaments carried by the earring are relatively heavy and when subjected to relatively violent jarring and shaking. v V

The fact that the rim 14 is under yieldable tension (by reason of the connection with the pressure pad through the diaphragm) avoids the discomfiture that would otherwise occur in hot weather or when the ear lobe is heated, and it also avoids loosening of the earring upon contraction of the lobe or earring structure in cold weather or upon such lowering in' the temperature, while the earring is being worn, as would otherwise cause the earring to become'loosened; Y

It is apparent that the device that slips over the pres sure pad 'must be'small and inconspicuous.

fining the sides of the recess 2 when the device is on the ear lobe.

Because the device itself is small, in actual size being approximately one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in outside diameter, it is somewhat ditlicult to manually The device 1 v The draw-f ings somewhat exaggerate the size for clarity. lt is also apparent that there is a" squeegee action ontherim de manipulate in stretching it over the pressure pad and may be easily dropped. To facilitate manually positioning said device on the pad, one or more radially projecting. relatively thin strips 15 may be formedfintegrally with the device extending from one or from opposite sides of thedevice even with the base side having the opening 12 formed therein. Obviously,'a row of devices 1 may be connected by such strips in the manufacture of the devices, and the strips thereafter severed midway between adjacent rings in the row, leaving the projections 15. In any event, the ultimate and preferred form results in each device having strips 15 projecting oppositely outwardly as seen in Figs. 4, 5. These stripsprovide means for bold ing by the fingers of the operator in stretching the sides of the opening 12 over the pressure pad, and should the device he dropped, it will not roll away. After the device is on the pressure pad, the strips are cut oif by a knife or by scissors along lines X--X in Fig. 5.

The material of the device is of relatively soft rubber or of any material having similar characteristics that is impervious to attack by any skin secretions and that is not irritating to the skin.

I claim:

1. An ear lobe engaging member for a pressure pad of an earring comprising; a relatively soft, elastic element formed with a pair. of oppositely outwardly opening coaxial recesses in its opposite sides, one recess of said pair being enlarged radially of the axis of said element within said element for receiving said pressure pad therein and to provide a radially, inwardly projecting portion adapted to extend over said pad for releasably securing said elementto said pad, the sides of the recess in the other side of said element providing an axially directed circular rim adapted to engage said lobe, and a diaphragm forming a common bottomfor said recesses adapted to be engaged by a pressure pad when the latter is within ,said one recess, the inside diameter of said rim being substantially equal to the maximum inside diameter of the enlarged part of said one recess and said diaphragm being relatively thin.

2. ,In an earring; a circular pressure pad, a shaft centrally connected with one side of said pad and projecting axially therefrom, a relatively soft, elastic element enclosing said pad and formed with a circular axially directed rim coaxial with said pad projecting from the ide of said pad opposite to said shaft for engaging the lobe of the ear of the wearer of said earring, the side of said pad opposite to said shaft being convex, a relatively thin circular diaphragm within said element and integral therewith having a fiat side in engagement with said convex side, the diameter of said diaphragm being substantially equal to the diameter of said pad and to the inside diameter of said rim whereby pressure of the axially outwardly facing edges of said rim against said lobe will cause said diaphragm to yieldably conform to the convex contour of said convex side of said pressure pad.

3. In an earring; a circular pressure pad, a shaft centrally connected with one side of said pad and projecting axiallytherefrom, a relatively soft, elastic element enclosing said pad and formed with a circular axially directed rim coaxial with said pad projecting from the side of said pad opposite to said shaft for engaging the lobe of the car ot the wearer of said earring, the side of said pad opposite to said shaft being convex, a relatively thin circular diaphragm within said element and integral therewith having a fiat side in engagement with said convex side, the diameter of said diaphragm being substantially equal to the diameter of said pad and to the inside diameter of said rim whereby pressure of the axially outwardly facing edges of said rim against said lobe will cause said diaphragm to yieldably conform to the convex contour of said convex side of said pressure pad, said other recess being relatively shallow.

4. A device adapted to be positioned on the pressure pad of an earring comprising: a relatively soft, elastic, cylindrical element formed with a pair of oppositely outwardly opening recesses in its opposite sides, coaxial with the cylindrical sides of said device, one recess of said pair being enlarged radially of the axis of said element within the latter for receiving said pressure pad therein and to provide a radially inwardly projecting portion adapted to extend over a side of said pad for releasably securing said element to said pad, the sides of the recess in the other side of said element providing an axially directed circular rim adapted to engage the lobe of an ear, thin diaphragm within said element forming a common bottom for said recesses adapted to be readily deformable under the pressure of the pressure pad thereagainst for conforming to the convex surface contour of a pressure pad having such convex surface contour when said pad is in said one recess severable means integral with said circular rim projecting radially outwardly therefrom, said severable means being adapted to be grasped between the fingers of a hand at points radially outwardly of said elements to facilitate positioning said element on said pressure pad and being relatively thin and readily severable from said element at the cylindrical sides of the latter for removal from said element free from impairing the efiiciency of said rim.

5. A device adapted to be positioned on the pressure pad of an earring comprising: a relatively soft, elastic, cylindrical element formed with a pair of oppositely outwardly opening recesses in its opposite sides, coaxial with the cylindrical sides of said device, one recess of said pair being enlarged radially of the axis of said element within the latter for receiving said pressure pad therein and to provide a radially inwardly projecting portion adapted to extend over aside of said pad for releasably securing said element to said pad, the sides of the recess in the other side of said element providing an axially directed circular rim adapted to engage the lobe of an car, a thin diaphragm within said element forming a common bottom for said recesses adapted to be readily deformable under the pressure of the pressure pad thereagainst for conforming to the convex surface contour of a pressure pad having such convex surface contour when said pad is in said one recess a pair of strips of the same material as said element and integral therewith projecting radially outwardly of said element from points at opposite sides of, said device and substantially even with the side of said device in which said one recess is formed, said device being of relatively soft material impervious to attack by skin secretions and said strips being relatively thin as compared with the axial dimension of said device and readily severable from said device at each of the opposite sides of the latter from which said strips project.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 667,630 Kratz-Boussac Feb. 5, 1901 FOREIGN PATENTS 644,123 France May 26, 1928 429,654 Great Britain June 4, 1935

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Classifications
U.S. Classification63/14.3
International ClassificationA44C7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA44C7/008
European ClassificationA44C7/00F6B