WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE
There are wearable devices designed to track your fitness goals and ones that alert you to texts and phone calls. Talsam—a new wearable that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet—was designed to make you feel loved. Yes, really. The pretty pendant, which comes in a variety of trendy semiprecious stone casings (pictured: black sardonyx and amazonite), functions as an intimate communication channel between two people—to transmit affectionate messages and, in the event of an emergency, alert the wearer’s loved one to his or her exact location. It may not be the most pragmatic wearable we’ve seen, but its heart is in the right place. And we love warm-and-fuzzy technology.
What it does: Through Talsam’s mobile phone app, wearers receive personal messages from their special person—even “secret” notes that can only be unlocked using two-factor authentication. When contacted, the charm emits a subtle light and gently vibrates. The device also acts as a GPS locator; pushing a small button sends a text with your coordinates.
What we liked: Talsam is lightweight and well-built, and features a choice of chic semiprecious stone cases, including green amazonite, white howlite, gray agate, blue goldstone, and black sardonyx. It doesn’t easily wear as a bracelet (its weight makes it slide around too much) but works perfectly as a pendant.
Best feature: The unique wearable feels like a real piece of jewelry—the base metal is plated in 18k yellow gold, and the device is even covered in Swarovski crystals arranged in the pattern of the Lyra constellation, a group of stars that’s been associated with love for millennia. ($279.99; talsam.com)
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