CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
The present application is related to and claims priority from prior provisional application Ser. No. 61/328,681, filed Apr. 28, 2010 which application is incorporated herein by reference.
- BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to the field of bottles and more specifically relates to diamond-shaped bottles for use in storing and transporting alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
2. Description of the Related Art
For nearly 3,000 years people have been making potent spirits for medicinal and recreational purposes. In recent history, worldwide distribution has made it possible for consumers to taste beverages from around the world.
The basic distillation procedure is the same regardless of the spirit. Alcohol is not “created” by distillation, just concentrated. A weak alcoholic beverage such as wine or beer is heated to boiling in a still. Since the various constituents of the resulting vapor (like water, ethyl, methyl, and isopropyl alcohols) will vaporize and condense at different temperatures, they may be selectively extracted to create a new mixture which may then be further aged and/or flavored by the distiller. Different kinds of stills function in different ways and result in products of vastly different makeup and taste, but the basic process is the same: slowly boil the liquid and keep the vapors you want. As a result there are many types and brands of alcohol made with varying degrees of quality. However, with so many brands of wines and spirits, it may prove difficult for a specific brand to stand out to a buying consumer. Since the selection is vast customers often are influenced to choose their liquor or wine purchase based on the aesthetic appearance of the bottle.
Many consumers are drawn to a bottle that is eye pleasing and unique. A number of wine and liquor bottles look similar to one another and simply use a label to differentiate themselves from one another, regrettably not standing out to a potential consumer. It is crucial that high quality spirits and wines differentiate themselves not only by taste, but by appearance as well. Therefore a need exists for an truly unique, eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing alcohol and/or wine bottle that may be mentally associated with the quality beverage contained within.
Diamonds, over the span of time have been treasured as gemstones for their remarkable optical characteristics. Diamonds possess an extremely rigid lattice that may be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as boron and nitrogen. These features combined with wide transparency results in the clear, colorless appearance of most natural diamonds. Diamonds also have a relatively high optical dispersion, the ability to disperse light of different colors, which results in its characteristic luster. Excellent optical and mechanical properties, combined with efficient marketing, make diamond the most popular gemstone. A need exists to combine the decorative qualities of high quality gemstones such as diamonds with high quality spirit and wine bottles. Typically, alcohol and/or bottles do not protect the contained alcohol in leak proof and airtight container which leads to degradation of the contained substance. Accordingly, a bottle and cap assembly that meets these needs is desired.
Various attempts have been made to solve the above-mentioned problems such as those found in U.S. Patent and Publication Nos. 2007/0018060, 4,744,476, 5,642,826, 5,636,767, 2007/0201220, and 5,224,614. This prior art is representative of various bottles. None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the invention as claimed.
- BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Ideally, a bottle for use in storing and transporting alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages should be ascetically pleasing, and sealable such that the enclosed liquid retains its distinct quality and flavor. Thus, a need exists for a reliable diamond bottle system to store and transport alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and to avoid the above-mentioned problems.
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known bottle art, the present invention provides a novel diamond bottle system. The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail is to provide diamond-shaped bottles for use in storing and transporting alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The present bottle system for storing and transporting an alcoholic beverage comprises: a removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap having triangular-shaped sides converging at a terminal point, a liquid containing bottle portion having a diamond shaped exterior with multi-faceted surfaces and a substantially planar bottom surface. Additionally, a removably couplable gemstone is removably set into the removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap. Further, the removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap is removably couplable to the liquid containing bottle portion to sealably contain the alcoholic beverage to maintain quality of the beverage over an extended period of time. Lastly, the planar bottom surface comprises an area greater than the terminal point providing an adequate stabilization means.
A kit is embodied herein for a bottle system for storing and transporting an alcoholic beverage comprising a kit including: a liquid containing bottle portion; a removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap; an alcoholic beverage comprising spirits and/or wine; at least one removably couplable gemstone; and a container for transporting and shipping said bottle system. The kit may also contain at least one gasket for positive sealing means.
Further, in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention a preferred method of monetizing a purveying system is disclosed herein comprising: step one bottling an alcoholic beverage in a diamond-shaped bottle; step two setting a settable user-specified gemstone within a removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap; step three sealing the removably couplable pyramid-shaped sealable cap to the diamond-shaped bottle thereby creating a bottle assembly for use in sealingly storing the contained alcohol; step four packaging bottle assembly; and step five shipping the bottle assembly to a client, whereupon the client may consume the product for his or her enjoyment.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The present invention holds significant improvements and serves as a diamond bottle system. For purposes of summarizing the invention, certain aspects, advantages, and novel features of the invention have been described herein. It is to be understood that not necessarily all such advantages may be achieved in accordance with any one particular embodiment of the invention. Thus, the invention may be embodied or carried out in a manner that achieves or optimizes one advantage or group of advantages as taught herein without necessarily achieving other advantages as may be taught or suggested herein. The features of the invention which are believed to be novel are particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the concluding portion of the specification. These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following drawings and detailed description.
The figures which accompany the written portion of this specification illustrate embodiments and method(s) of use for the present invention, diamond bottle systems, constructed and operative according to the teachings of the present invention.
FIG. 1 shows a perspective view illustrating a diamond bottle system according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is an exploded view illustrating the diamond bottle system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating various embodiments of the diamond bottle system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIGS. 1 and 2.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view illustrating a kit for the diamond bottle system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1-3.
FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of monetizing a purveying system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1-4.
- DETAILED DESCRIPTION
The various embodiments of the present invention will hereinafter be described in conjunction with the appended drawings, wherein like designations denote like elements.
As discussed above, embodiments of the present invention relate to a bottle device and more particularly to a diamond (diamond-shaped) bottle system as used to improve the aesthetic appearance and functionability for purveying quality spirits and/or wine. As previously discussed, with so many brands of wines and spirits, it may prove difficult for a specific brand to stand out. Customers often choose their spirits, wine or other such alcoholic beverage(s) based on the appearance of the bottle. Many consumers are drawn to a bottle that is eye pleasing and unique. A number of wine and liquor bottles look similar to one another and simply use a label to differentiate themselves from one another, substantially ignoring their aesthetic appeal. Consumers of such high quality beverages desire the look and feel of quality as well as a bottle system that will maintain that quality. Accordingly, it is important to have a bottle system that is substantially leak proof and airtight. A bottle system that meets these needs is desired and provided in the present invention.
Referring to the drawings by numerals of reference there is shown in FIG. 1, a diamond bottle system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention. A bottle comprising a diamond shape, hereinafter diamond-shaped bottle 110 is useful for sealably containing and preserving the quality of at least one viscous fluid. Diamond-shaped bottle 110 comprises removably couplable cap 120 within a preferred embodiment of the present invention, as shown in FIGS. 1-4. Diamond-shaped bottle 110 and removably couplable cap 120 comprise bottle assembly 130. Bottle assembly 130 serves to provide containment means for spirits, wine and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages such that the inherent quality is maintained over a substantial time period.
High quality spirits and wine, made from fermented sugar/starch-rich grains (C2H5OH), potatoes, and/or fruits combined with other necessary ingredients may be very costly to produce and can be easily contaminated by environmental conditions. It is desirable to maintain aroma. Further, it is desirable to maintain and even improve smoothness with age, if properly stored. High quality alcohol may comprise a viscosity greater than that of water, the viscosity referring to a fluid's internal resistance to flow, a measure of fluid friction. Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid which is being deformed by either shear stress or tensile stress. As a point of reference water at 32° F. has a kinematic viscosity of about 1.924 ft2/s×10−5. Water at 32° F. has a dynamic viscosity of about 3.732 lb s/ft2×10−5. Diamond bottle system 100 provides storage and maintains higher viscosity spirits and wine, as described in greater detail below. The present invention may also store non-alcoholic beverages.
As aforementioned it may be desirable to bottle and store quality, higher viscosity potable alcoholic beverages 140 including vodka, wine, brandy, ouzo, gin, rum. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as user preferences, design preference, structural requirements, marketing preferences, cost, available materials, technological advances, etc., storage of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as, for example, Port, Sherry, ale, etc., may be sufficient.
Diamond bottle system 100 is usable for sealably storing and transporting at least one alcoholic beverage 140 comprising: a removably couplable cap 120, pyramid-shaped and having sealing means having triangular-shaped sides 122 converging at terminal point 124 (also shown in FIG. 2); and a liquid containing bottle portion 112 having diamond shaped exterior 114 with multi-faceted surfaces 116 and a planar bottom surface 118; at least one (preferably one) removably couplable gemstone 150. The removably couplable gemstone 150 may be removably set into removably couplable cap 120. Pyramid-shaped and sealable removably couplable cap 120 is removably couplable to liquid containing bottle portion 112 to sealably contain alcoholic beverage 140, in conjunction with at least one gasket, threading means (in spirits bottle version 320 embodiments), or in certain embodiments, a cork (in wine bottle version 310 embodiments, shown in FIG. 3). Planar bottom surface 118 comprises an area greater than terminal point 124 thereby providing a suitable stabilization means. In this way the present invention prevents accidental spillage of its costly contents.
Diamond-shaped bottle 110 comprises a uniquely shaped bottle designed to hold a variety of wines and spirits. Bottle assembly 130, as shown is shaped to resemble a jewel and includes an innovative removably couplable cap 120 that is not only used to reseal bottle portion 112, but also to hold an authentic gemstone 150 in place. Removably couplable cap 120 is configured to be airtight and effectively spill proof, substantially ensuring that the contents of bottle assembly 130 retains its quality, especially for use with high-end alcohols, by excluding ambient environmental conditions. Those with ordinary skill in the art will now appreciate that upon reading this specification and by their understanding the art of retaining alcohol quality as described herein, methods of preserving that quality will be understood by those knowledgeable in such art.
Referring now to FIG. 2, an exploded view illustrating diamond-shaped bottle system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1. As previously discussed, removably couplable cap 120 has inserted, a removably couplable gemstone 150, providing the look and feel of genuine quality. Gemstone 150 as an accessory is easily viewable from many angles, given its relative positioning and the profile of removably couplable cap 120. In this way the instant invention provides an appealing beverage containment means.
Removably couplable gemstone 150 may include at least one diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, topaz, peridot or other such jewels. Gemstone 150 may be user-specified as discussed in FIG. 5. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as user preferences, design preference, structural requirements, marketing preferences, cost, available materials, technological advances, etc., other precious and semi-precious gemstones such as, for example, pearls, cat's eye, aquamarine, andalusite, axinite, cassiterite, clinohumite, bixbite, etc., may be sufficient.
Gemstone 150 is set in removably couplable cap 120 allowing for easy and unimpeded attachment and detachment of removably couplable cap 120. Each type of gemstone 150 comes with its own mythological and intrinsic values that may appeal to customers purchasing their alcoholic beverage 140 of choice. In certain embodiments an information package may be enclosed in kit 440, telling the customer of these mythological and intrinsic values. In these and other ways diamond bottle system 100 of the present invention provides consumers with a decorative bottle assembly 130 for holding and storing wines and spirits, as well as a uniquely designed removably couplable cap 120 to retain freshness, quality, by preventing ambient conditions from altering the taste of alcoholic beverage 140.
Bottle portion 112 of diamond-shaped bottle 110 comprises a jewel-shaped body to hold alcoholic beverage 140 or other such liquid, as shown in FIGS. 1-3. The wide profile proximate planar bottom surface 118 of bottle portion 112 tapers inwardly as distance increases (upwardly) from planar bottom surface 118 on bottle portion 112, (thereby narrowing in relation when rising) approaching top of bottle portion 112 proximate removably couplable cap 120. In this way the present invention provides the proper profile to make bottle assembly 130 and more particularly bottle portion 112 stable under virtually all conditions. Bottle assembly 130 may be colored or transparent in certain other embodiments and may also comprise indicia, as shown. Colored versions of bottle assembly 130 also provide protection from degradation that may be caused by light. Bottle portion 112 may also include a threaded and gasketed top for resealing purposes to protect the quality of the enclosed liquid as removably couplable cap 120 is threadedly engaged with bottle portion 112 (threading as indicated by rotational arrow in a downward direction as indicated via parallel arrow-down lines). The gasket may be made from a polyurethane membrane or other suitable material to prevent leakage in or out of bottle assembly 130. In addition to this gasket material, there may be a tight-porous cork that may be used to seal the bottle for storing wine as used in wine bottle version 310, shown in FIG. 3. Screw tops may be used to protectively enclose other alcoholic beverage 140 including spirits in spirits bottle version 320, also shown in FIG. 3. In certain embodiments, the top of removably couplable cap 120 may be round having a small pocket to allow for the attachment of gemstone 150. Gemstones 150 may be interchangeable and may include jewels or stones or combinations thereof. The placement of gemstone 150 allows for easy application and removal of removably couplable cap 120.
Bottle assembly 130 may comprise elegant crystal carafe in the form of diamonds. Natural precious or semi-precious stones from the exclusive Jewel Lines® Collection preferably comprise gemstone 150. Spirits contained within are made from high quality ingredients, 6 times distillates and unique recipes. Diamond bottle system 100 combined with alcoholic beverage 140 create a unique combination of exceptional taste and beauty, creating one of the kind offer in the alcohol world market.
Referring now to FIG. 3, a perspective view illustrating various embodiments of diamond bottle system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIGS. 1 and 2. Shown are wine bottle version 310 and spirits bottle version 320. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as user preferences, design preference, structural requirements, marketing preferences, cost, available materials, technological advances, etc., other versions and shapes such as, for example, spherical, 3-D elliptical, columnar, conical, various polygonal shapes with different numbers of sides, stars, cubes, parallelograms, embodiments in the shapes of monuments, and other geometric shapes, etc., may be sufficient. The particular embodiments discussed herein are merely exemplary and should not be considered to be limiting in any way.
Referring now to FIG. 4, perspective view illustrating kit 440 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1-3.
Diamond bottle system 100 may comprise kit 440 including: liquid containing bottle portion 112; pyramid-shaped and sealable removably couplable cap 120; (optionally) gasket and/or cork; alcoholic beverage 140 comprising spirits and/or wine; removably couplable gemstone 150; and container 410 for transporting and shipping diamond bottle system 100. Container 410 may comprise a box or other alternate containing means suitable for safely and securely storing, transporting and shipping diamond bottle system 100. Kit 440 may comprise wine bottle version 310 and/or spirits bottle version 320, as demonstrated via dotted line illustrations. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as design preference, user preferences, marketing preferences, cost, structural requirements, available materials, technological advances, etc., other kit contents or arrangements such as, for example, including different shaped bottles, with or without gaskets, corkscrew opener(s), customized parts, different color combinations, parts may be sold separately, information pamphlets, etc., may be sufficient.
Referring now to FIG. 5, illustrating a method 500 of monetizing a purveying system for alcoholic beverages 140 preferably comprising the steps of: step one 501 bottling alcoholic beverage 140 in at least one diamond-shaped bottle 110; step two 502 setting a settable user-specified gemstone 150 within a pyramid-shaped sealable removably couplable cap 120; step three 503 sealing removably couplable cap 120 to diamond-shaped bottle 110 thereby defining bottle assembly 130; step four 504, optionally packaging bottle assembly 130; and step five 505 (also optional) shipping bottle assembly 130 to at least one client. In this way the present invention may be used to purvey high quality alcoholic beverages 140 to consumers. It should be noted that steps 504 and 505 are optional steps and may not be implemented in all cases. Optional steps of method 500 are illustrated using dotted lines in FIG. 5 so as to distinguish them from the other steps of method 500. It should be appreciated that method 500 may be used with wine bottle version 310 and/or spirits bottle version 320. In this manner the present invention combines the two separate worlds of alcoholic beverage 140 and gemstones 150, available for the consuming public.
It should be noted that the steps described in the method of use can be carried out in different orders according to user preference. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as design preference, user preferences, marketing preferences, cost, structural requirements, available materials, technological advances, etc., other methods of use arrangements such as, for example, different orders within above-mentioned list, elimination or addition of certain steps, including or excluding certain maintenance steps, etc., may be sufficient.
The embodiments of the invention described herein are exemplary and numerous modifications, variations and rearrangements can be readily envisioned to achieve substantially equivalent results, all of which are intended to be embraced within the spirit and scope of the invention. Further, the purpose of the foregoing abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially the scientist, engineers and practitioners in the art who are not familiar with patent or legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of the application.