Few wearable devices were made to appeal to the feminine, but this is all changing slowly. Since two years ago, fashion brands have realized that connected chips and sensors can be embedded into just any piece of jewelry, giving birth to wearable pieces collectively known as smart jewelry.
From rings, bracelets to necklaces, these connected jewelries are more than just meet the eye. They can act as fitness trackers, activity monitors or safety devices. A gold-plated bracelet that can also track your heart rate? Check. A clip-on cuff that detects your stress level? Check.
Moreover, you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy the fusion of tech with fashion: there are unisex designs that suit men who wish to add some high-tech to their daily outfit.
What is Smart Jewelry?
Smart jewelry adds wearable technology to beautifully-designed fashion accessories. Like smartwatches and fitness trackers, smart jewelry comes with movement sensors and health monitors, and can connect with your mobile phone to sync data and deliver notifications.
Who says you can’t track your steps with a dazzling jewelry made of precious stone? Whether it’s a bracelet, ring, earrings or necklace, high tech jewelry can leverage technology to improve your wellbeing and productivity while complimenting your wardrobe.
Bellabeat is a tech company with a mission: to improve the improve women’s wellness with beautifully designed wearables. The BellabeatLeaf Urban is not the company first smart jewelry but definitely its finest creation.
The versatile jewelry is beautifully crafted with an elegant leaf-like shape and water-resistant body. It comes in two colors and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or a brooch clipped on your clothing.
The fashion piece doubles as a wellness tracker with movement sensors that runs 24/7. It tracks your all-day activity such as exercises, steps taken and calories, as well as sleep and women’s health data (menstrual cycles).
With its emphasis on wellbeing, the smart jewelry is more than just an activity tracker. It collects sleep quality and breathing pattern data to monitor your stress level, and preempt you before a burn out. Guided meditation is available in the companion mobile app, and can be tracked by the Leaf device clipped on your waistband.
Now with the price dropped to just under $100, The tracker jewelry is a great value to add some fashion flair to your health routine. Apart from being able to wear it in a variety of ways, the device is so popular that it has its own boutique section on Amazon where you can find hand-made accessories for it.
Not all of us wants to wear a statement piece like Leaf Urban. Sometimes, you just want a low-key, minimalist accessory that is hardly noticeable.
Motiv’s smart ring does just that, and with added tech smarts. It solves the complex problem of fitness tracking with pure simplicity. Made of titanium without any embellishment, it looks like a minimalist wedding band. It’s also incredibly simple to use–once you turn it on, it pretty much runs in the background all day on its own.
You’d be surprised by how much health tracking is offered by such a tiny device. With a 3-axis accelerometer, the discreet smart ring delivers all-day activity tracking. Runs and walks are automatically detected, but you can manually describe the activities in Motiv app later. Its optical heart rate sensor is huge plus if you are into maintaining a healthy resting heart rate.
On the downside, It only tracks basic health stats such as steps, calories and active minutes. Its sleep tracking doesn’t offer insights on REM or sleep stages either. There is also no smartphone notifications – again, keeping it simple.
With all rings, sizing is always a big hurdle. Motiv solves the problem by sending you a sizing kit upon ordering. You will be encouraged to pick and wear a ring from the kit for a few days before deciding if it’s the best fit. Another highlight worth mention is its mobile app: very well designed to motivate you towards your health goals.
In case you don’t know about Misfit Shine yet, it’s one of the most affordable waterproof activity & sleek trackers out there. At 8mm thin, the device features a strikingly flat aluminum disc with a circle of color LED lights that indicates progress and time. It tracks activities, sleep and delivers phone notification.
The default Misfit Shine package comes with a sports band, which is pretty common among wearables trackers. But as the design-driven company, Misfit offered more ways to style up the tracker. Meet Bloom, the official accessory for Misfit Shine that turns the fitness jewelry into a necklace.
Initially released as part of the Mother’s Day Gift Set, Bloom is a statement piece with a bold design. The pendant is made with made with hand-finished stainless steel and a magnetic clip, and pretty sizable at 1.25”x 2.15” with a 18” chain. Its nature-inspired floral design features a spiraling geometric shape, and encloses the Shine tracker with a magnetic clip.
The great thing about getting Misfit Shine with Bloom is the versatility – you can still wear the tracker down with a low-key sports band, or style it up as a gorgeous silver necklace with Bloom. While the mother’s day gift set with Shine, Bloom and a sports band is no longer available, you can get these two separately on Amazon.
Material: elastomer material with plastic casing (Flex 2); stainless steel with 22k gold plated (Bangle)
Weight: 0.83 oz (Flex 2); 0.96 oz (Bangle)
Water resistance: swimproof
Battery life: 5 days
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows 10
Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer
Fitbit Flex 2 is the improved version of the original Flex released around 2013. It’s Fitbit’s slimmest wrist-worn fitness tracker. Along with the official accessory bangle, it can be worn as a fashionable fitness jewelry outside of the gym.
This popular wearable device ticks all the boxes for fitness tracking. It tracks steps, distance, active minutes, calories and sleep. The SmartTrack feature can automatically detects exercises and log the data in Fitbit smartphone app.
The biggest upgrade from the tracker’s predecessor is a smaller body with added swim proof capacity (about 30% smaller than the first Flex). The lack of digital screen made the tracker band ultra slim, small enough that many people actually wear a watch alongside it.
If you buy from Fitbit, you get to choose colors for the rubbery band. These interchangeable bands are pretty comfortable to wear. The tracker itself is removable, and can be easily taken out to switch between accessories.
Apart from the bangle, there is also a pendant accessory. The shiny bangle is made of stainless steel , and comes in silver or rose gold with a mirror finish. The combo is a great value add for those looking to switch between a sporty and classy look without losing fitness data. Fitbit no longer lists Flex 2 on its US site, but you can purchase them separately from Amazon for less than $200.
Connected jewelry and accessories that save your life
Jewelry type: Bracelet, Necklace & Keychain
Color: Gold & Silver
Material: plated in 14k gold or rhodium
Weight: 0.83 oz (Flex 2); 0.96 oz (Bangle)
Water resistance: swimproof
Battery life: 1 year
Compatibility: iPhone & Android
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, invisaWear went on to tackle the seemingly impossible mission to create attractive safety wearables. The product was born out of the founder’ very own needs: to feel safe walking alone at night. In the US, one in four women experience sexual assaults on campus – there was a pressing need to develop something more effective than panic buttons.
At a glance, invisaWear’s safety jewelry looks small and stylish.The smart wearable modular device is hidden under a pretty surface, can can be worn as necklace, choker, bracelet or keychain. The jewelry pieces are intentionally designed to be discreet to not tip off an attacker.
Inside the tiny body, there is a smart brain that detects your precise location and send SOS alerts. Upon set up, you can create a personal profile and indicate up to 5 personal contacts. Powered by RapidSOS, the tech jewelry can share enhanced location and your name with the closest 911 dispatcher without having to reach the call center.
In case of emergency, you can discreetly activate the SOS service by double clicking the back of the charm. It will then send an immediate SOS alert with your location to your loved ones as well as the nearest police. The safe wearable can stay connected to your phone up to 30 feet via Bluetooth, so in case you cannot reach your phone, the jewelry can still call the police for you.
Priced at $129, it’s a pretty good investment for adding a layer of safety in your day-to-day life. Moreover, it’s not just for women – the keychain designs are unisex so everyone can enjoy what safety jewelry can offer.
Stylish fitness bracelet that looks great and works great
Jewelry type: Bracelet, Clip
Color: brushed gold & midnight purple
Material: stainless steel
Weight: 0.8 oz
Sizes: Available in 2”, 2.2” and 2.5”
Water resistance: not waterproof
Battery life: 5 days
Display: smart OLED display
This sleek and elegant smart bracelet reconfirms that we don’t need to sacrifice style for being healthy. With a strong sense of aesthetics and fun, Mira wants to rethink what it means to exercise for busy women. It’s not a fitness wearable for gym rats and athletes. Instead, it acts as a friendly voice for the 9 to 5 office types who can use a quick reminder to add a few extra steps to their sedentary routine.
The sleek-looking jewelry is designed to add more visual appeal to your daily outfit, and blends in very well with ordinary accessories. The stainless steel cuff comes in two colors – midnight purple and brushed gold – and the black opal snaps in easily and can be removed to be worn as a clip. It does have a small display, which lights up to tell fitness stats and time when you active the side button.
The bracelet tracker is not swim proof, but basic fitness tracking is pretty accurate with steps, distance, elevation, and calories burned. It doesn’t offer sleep or heart rate monitoring, so it’s not advised to wear it to sleep. What’s unique about the Mira fitness experience is the simple motivational tips to get you move. When you click on the companion app “Boost” button, you get fun tips such as “start your next walk with 20 squats”.
The price has dropped from $169 to under $100 on Amazon since its Kickstarter success. All in all, a very basic fitness tracker but a fun and stylish addition to your work outfit.
Spire Stone is designed with a simple philosophy in mind: that our breath fuels our body and influences our mindset. By gaining control over our own breath, we can regulate stress and remain calm.
Made of soft rubber, the stone is comfortable enough for all day wear even when placed close to your skin. It’s tiny in size, and barely noticeable when you clip it on to your clothing. The metal clip does a very good job at holding on to your clothing all day. It’s waterproof so no need to worry if you accidentally throw it into wash.
The stone-like wearable is developed after 7 years of science research on respiration – the only automatic function we have control over. If you haven’t been reading up on the power of slow and deep breathing yet, most of us aren’t aware of how we are doing it wrong. Moments of stress and anxiety often occur with changes in breathing pattern, and this is when Spire Stone steps in as health intervention.
The algorithm learns your breathing pattern, and detects your state of mind in 3 key states: calm, tension and focus. As your breathing becomes fast and erratic – the first sign of tension – the tracker will notify you via its companion app, with actionable steps such as relaxation exercise or guided meditation.
The clip-on tech accessory also tracks activity such as steps and active minutes, but the metrics are pretty basic and nowhere near fitness trackers like Fitbit. It’s one of the only wearables out there that monitors breathing – well worth a try with less than $100 retail price on Amazon.
A smart wearable voice assistant for serious note-taking
Jewelry type: Clip; Pendant; Cuff; Bracelet
Material: Chrome-plated brass; brass; aluminum
Weight: from 0.39oz
Water resistance: waterproof version available
Battery life: 4 days
Compatibility: iOS, Android
Connectivity: Bluetooth low energy
Sensors: 3 Axes Accelerometer
If you add artificial intelligence to wearable tech mix, you are bound to come up with something truly out of this world. Senstone is the first smart voice recording wearable with a touch of AI. It’s an elegant charm that turns your voice into text – whether it’s capturing an inspiration on the go, create a calendar event, or sending your colleague a voice memo.
The design is minimalist and modern, with the stone-like wearable taking on a curvy shape that vaguely resembles human lips. The tracker opal is primary black and comes in four styles: “twilight” featuring grey on black, “classy” with a hint of gold, “glace” with dash of silver, and the all-black “coal”. It’s a pretty understated piece of accessory that offers many ways to wear it: as a clip, a pendant in a necklace, a cuff or in a bracelet.
With a tap of a button, Senstone listens to your speech and runs the audio through built-in AI system to transform it into text. You can finally take notes on the go without reaching for the phone or getting distracted by emails and notifications. It can be even taken completely off the beaten track – the wearable records up to 2.5 hours offline and automatically syncs with your phone when back in range.
After its first prototype, the product raised more than $500K in crowdfunding campaign for manufacturing. You can pre-order it on Indiegogo starting from $129 per unit. Estimated delivery in May 2019.
Material: anodized aluminum body; silicone or leather band
Water resistance: swim proof up to 50m
Battery life: up to 4 months
Compatibility: Android 4.3 or newer; iOS 7 or newer
Connectivity: Bluetooth wireless synching
Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer
No matter how you look at it, Misfit Ray is without a doubt the best fitness bracelet you can get with less than $100. It’s stylish, versatile, lightweight and most importantly, tracks all things important to health including steps, distance, calories, activity type and sleep.
By the look of it, Misfit Ray presents itself more as a piece of jewelry than tech. Its strikingly minimal yet elegant design features a sleek aluminum cylinder with a discreet multi-color LED. Compared to the ring of LED lights on Misfit Shine, the single LED makes it quite hard to tell what status the light is indicating. But this tracker does not aspire to be a smartwatch that tells time and stats right from the wrist, so the simplicity in design serves its purpose.
The tube-like body comes in many colors, and can be matched with two types of bands as bracelet, or styled with a chain as necklace. It can pair with your smartphone and send you a vibration when you receive a call or text. The silent alarm works great as well, waking you up with a gentle buzz. Plus, it’s waterproof up to 50m so you don’t even need to take it off in your shower.
The only downside is that the exercise tracking is not very advanced, so it’s best as an entry-level tracker. The battery last longer than most fitness trackers, but it’s non-rechargeable so you will need to replace the batteries which costs you a few extra bucks. Recommended for someone looking for a basic tracker that’s comfortable to wear and pleasant to look at.
Color: 4 color variations (4 – Red, Green, Blue, Purple) with 3 finishes
Material: sterling silver & 14k gold with genuine gemstones
Ring size: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Water resistance: Yes
Battery life: 48-72
Compatibility: iOS 9.0 or later, Android 4.3 and up
Another smart jewelry that came out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Blinq’s smart ring was fully funded in 48 hours. It says how much the public needed something just like this: a good-looking wearable that compliments your outfit while keeping us fit and safe.
With precious, hand-cut gemstones and high grade .925 sterling silver, Blinq rings show us how smart tech can turn into a fashion statement. There is a range of gemstone colors, setting style and finishes to choose from, so you will surely find your gem. What’s even better is that these color gemstones glow and change color when you receive a notification, using gem-glow technology.
Consider this: on average, we receive 150+ phone notifications a day. In an age when everyone is tethered to their phone, this connected jewelry is designed for a digital detox. You can set up custom app alerts for 100+ smartphone apps as well as notifications for select VIPs. Then, head to to Bling app and filter what notifications you will be getting. For example in the app’s “distraction-free mode”, you will only receive alerts from up to 3 VIPs.
The smart ring has works as a panic button with a SOS feature called social SOS. When in need, you can repeated tap the ring to send SOS alert to pre-set contacts with your geo-location. It also offers fitness tracking too, but rather basic metrics such as steps, calories and distance. For a statement ring that is also a notification hub and fitness tracker, what more can we ask?
Most wearable jewelries are designed for the quantified self, but Talsam broke the norm by creating jewelry for couples. The keyword here is “special”: a special design with special materials for that special someone.
With Swarovski crystals adorning semi-precious gemstone and plated stainless, the design of the jewelry oozes luxury. The charm can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, and its unisex design suits both sexes.
The Kickstarter project started with the founder’s very own search for a better way to communicate in a long-distance relationship. Communication is what the hidden smarts in the jewelry is all about: you can send private messages, animated emojis or SOS alerts to a loved one.
The Swarovski crystals have LED lights in them, and they light up like stars in the nightly sky when you receive a message from your loved one. The receiver unlocks the private message by pressing a button on the smartphone app, and returns the love and attention.
The wearable is now in production stage, and all 6 styles of charms are ready for pre-order on the Talsam website for $199.