Tool Time: Cool Jewelry Gadgets, February 2016



WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Bezels & Bytes  

Created expressly for Fitbit fitness trackers, the initial collection from San Francisco tech jewelry brand Bezels & Bytes comprises trendy bracelets (which hold the tiny Fitbit Flex) and metal charms (designed to dress up the sporty Fitbit Charge HR)—perfectly in step with young, tech-savvy fashion shoppers.  

What we liked: The pieces—including a beautiful sculptural cuff (pictured), classic leather wrap bracelets, and a metal ID bracelet (all in 12k gold- and rhodium-plated brass)—are substantial but wallet-friendly: Charms retail for $30, and bracelets $78–$98.

What we didn’t like: Due to the high shine of the rhodium plating, the silver-toned pieces look slightly less luxe. An oxidized rhodium option might be the answer.

Best feature: The hatches that hold the Fitbit Flex are discreet and secure—simultaneously locking in and veiling the itty-bitty tracker. (bezelsandbytes.com

Fun fact: Bezels & Bytes was launched in 2015 by two moms who boast 20+ years of combined retail experience.
 

 

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APP CHAT

MikMak

Cool video content is catnip for Gen Y (not to mention Gen Z). And it’s at the heart of MikMak, an app-based TV channel specializing in original, shoppable 30-second clips created in partnership with companies such as GE and beauty label Red Flower. “It’s QVC for the Snapchat generation,” quipped founder Rachel Tipograph at a recent conference. (Free to download; fees vary for partner brands; mikmak.tv

 

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SUPPLY IN DEMAND

Kingswood Company Natural Jewelry Cleaner 

If you or your clients lean toward the eco-conscious, consider Natural Jewelry Cleaner from private-label jewelry care manufacturer The Kingswood Co. The environmentally friendly cleaner recently earned a place on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Safer Choice” product list. The all-botanical, hypoallergenic formula is naturally derived and water-soluble, with zero volatile organic compounds, so you (and your clients) can shine on with a clear conscience. (Price on request for bulk orders; thekingswoodcompany.com