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.
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
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
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