US 7,201,021 B2 Apr. 10, 2007
(54) JEWELRY ARTICLE HAVING MAGNETIC ELEMENTS AND INTERCHANGEABLE SETTINGS
(75) Inventor: Ronald W Hartgrove, Houston, TX (US)
(73) Assignee: Heart & Company, Houston, TX (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 102 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/684,938
(22) Filed: Oct. 14, 2003
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2004/0074259 Al Apr. 22, 2004
Related U.S. Application Data
(62) Division of application No. 10/252,316, filed on Sep. 23, 2002, now Pat. No. 6,715,315.
Jewelry articles having magnetic elements and interchangeable settings are disclosed. In one aspect, the jewelry articles include magnetically coupling body portions and interchangeable settings. The body portions magnetically couple together to hold the interchangeable settings. For example, the body portions can magnetically couple together using rare earth magnets to form a composite ring. Preferably, at least one of the body portions is rotatable to tangentially break the magnetic coupling between the body portions to interchange the setting. In another aspect of the present invention, magnetic elements are used to magnetically suspend a movable setting on a jewelry article. An longitudinal member has at least one end connected to the jewelry article. The setting is movably disposed on the longitudinal member. A first magnetic element adjacent an end of the longitudinal member magnetically repels a second magnetic element on the setting.
17 Claims, 9 Drawing Sheets