The Device Squad: Wearables Find a Home at JCK Las Vegas 2015

The Elemoon

Is the jewelry industry ready to welcome wearables into its midst? Check out three exhibitors who think the time is ripe to marry style with a Digital Age sensibility.

Cuff

As part of its World of Wearables walk-in exhibit (11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Tradewinds D, Pool level), Richline Group will showcase the latest from Cuff—a collection of jewelry pieces made to hold a tiny plastic “notifier” device that alerts you to incoming calls, texts, and/or emails. Users slip the mobile device into any of the Cuff pieces, which currently include bold metal-and-leather bracelets and pendants strung onto long gold-toned chains. Cuff is one of the more style-centric wearable collections available for wholesale, which makes it a good fit for jewelry retailers who may be slightly wary of stocking a smart device. The collection retails from $29 for a simple leather-like cuff to $199 for a package that includes the device and all available jewelry styles. —Emili Vesilind 

Elemoon

Made of natural white or black polymer with a gold- or silver-plated lining, Elemoon—exhibiting in the Tech section (Bayside, level 1)—is that rare breed of wearable: a sleek bracelet whose functionality is matched only by its fashion sense. In addition to all the bells and whistles that accompany most wearables (fitness tracking, custom notification alerts, a find-your-phone feature), Elemoon, which retails for $399, is equipped with a circuit of LED lights in a rainbow of colors that can be programmed to match any outfit or mood. “I wanted to make wearable tech sexy, fun, and more appealing to a bigger market: women,” says Elemoon founder Jing Zhou. Mission accomplished. —Victoria Gomelsky 

Garmin USA

In the Tech neighborhood (Bayside, level 1), find one of the biggest names in fitness-focused wearable devices: Garmin USA. The company was one of the first to produce a popular activity tracker. And its sporty watches and bands—which range from the slim Fitbit-style $99 vívofit band to the rugged, steel $599 f?nix activity watch—are some of the heartiest and most functionally diverse wearables on the market. A great match for your terminally fit clientele? —EV