Smart jewellery was bound to happen. Since the Apple Watch and its competitors started showing up, jewellery companies knew they had to jump on the bandwagon and start ‘smartening up’ their products.
Startups around the world are competing with the big players by creating rings, bracelets, necklaces and other products with ‘smart’ uses. Ranging from fitness trackers to dictaphones, smart jewellery is taking the fashion world by storm, says Katie from Orla James jewellers. Some products on the markets can seem like gimmicks. But then, something comes along that make you think – I could actually use one of those.
Here are our favourite pieces of smart jewellery –
When you are looking for smart jewellery, you’re looking for something different. Everyone has a phone to make calls and a laptop or tablet to browse the internet, so smart jewellery has to offer something else. The Oura Ring tracks your sleep, understands your day-to-day routine and measures your physiology to provide you with more restorative sleep.
Kate Spade Bangle Tracker
The best thing about the Kate Spade Bangle Tracker is the way it looks. Fitness trackers are so useful for people who want to measure and improve their fitness routines, but they are all about substance over style. Not the Kate Spade tracker, no one would even know that you are wearing a fitness tracker.
The Motiv is the perfect health-tracker for the style-conscious consumer. It’s as useful as a Fitbit, but looks as stylish as any titanium ring. Monitor your sleep, heart rate and exercise using the Motiv, by connecting it – via the app – to your smartphone or device. Then get all sorts of super useful data to help you improve your routine.
Caeden Sona Connected Bracelet
There are so many fitness-tracking bracelets on the market, it’s hard to know what sets them apart. Most of them will monitor your heart-rate, sleep and exercise, so you can choose based on their aesthetics. But the Caeden Sona Connected Bracelet has Russian-designed space age tech that gives you a more in-depth heart-rate reading, so if that is important information for you – this is your perfect product.
Misfit Swarovski Shine
Not as subtle as most smart jewellery, but what else would expect from Swarovski. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd with your wearable tech, then you can’t go far wrong with the Misfit Swarovski Shine. It does everything you would expect from a fitness-tracker but now comes as a solar-powered version. Useful for those of us that always forget to charge.
Tory Burch x Fitbit
There’s a reason Fitbit has a reputation as one of the best fitness trackers out there. But even they have realised that some people want to exercise in style. That’s why they’ve teamed up with Tory Burch to create a more stylish version of the Fitbit.
By this point you might be thinking – is there any smart jewellery that isn’t made for the fitness or wellbeing markets? It’s a valid question and Senstone is the answer. They’ve brought back the dictaphone – the voice-recording device – and this time it’s fashionable. Simply click the button and record your notes.
Ringly Aries Smart Ring
Back to the fitness trackers – The Ringly Aries Smart Ring is yet another way of tracking your activity to improve your wellbeing. This time in the shape of a ring, this product is much more fashion conscious than your average tracker, with each ring coming with a semi-precious gemstone.
Ringly Aries Bracelet
If the Ringly Aries Smart Ring isn’t your thing, why not try there equally cool fitness-tracking bracelet? Has much the same features as the smart ring but fits round your wrist. Another expensive option, but wouldn’t look out of place with any expensive outfit.
Bellabeat LEAF Urban
The Bellabeat LEAF Urban tracks your movement, meditation and sleep to provide a holistic fitness tracking device. It hangs beautifully around the neck and is as subtle as any smart jewellery out there.
Apple Watch Series 2
No list of smart jewellery would be complete without the mention of the Apple Watch. It’s the big player on the market and will always be seen as the pioneer of wearable tech. It has hundreds of amazing functions and pairs up beautifully with your other Apple devices. For functionality, it blows almost all of its competitors out of the water, but you do pay a premium for that.
Michael Kors Access
If anyone can knock Apple off their wearable tech perch, it’s Google’s Wear OS . That’s why they’ve teamed up with the Michael Kors brand to produce this amazing smart watch. Many of the same features as the Apple Watch but made to connect with Android devices. Take your pick.