Pearls that Speak What’s in Your Heart. Literally.

December 10, 2014 Cheryl Kremkow Jewelry Design Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

The Lotus Ring from the Momento Collection by Galatea contains an NFC chip that allows it to save an play back voice, images, and videos with a tap to your phone.

Smart jewelry just got a lot more romantic.  The Momento Pearl Collection from Galatea has a NFC chip hidden inside each pearl that allows you to record a message or video that will play back every time you touch the pearl to your smart phone. It’s like a multimedia locket, hidden inside a pearl. It’s a big idea and the company knows it: a patent is pending.

Imagine the possibilities. Or watch this video, which ups the Jane Seymour Open Heart commercial in the tear-jerker sweepstakes.

Galatea has created a simple streamlined app (Android only for now) that lets you easily record and play back messages. The best part?  The jewelry doesn’t look like “smart” jewelry at all.  It looks like…jewelry.  The tiny computer runs without a battery by induction energy.

The Momento Collection features carved pearl designs, Galatea’s specialty, but in theory it could work for any jewelry style. Pearls are the perfect medium for smart jewelry because, unlike metal, they don’t block electronic signals. The company plans to introduce more diamond and gemstone styles next year. Here are some examples of styles from the new Momento Collection, which will be available early next year in Galatea retailers, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The collection  includes 29 pendants, 26 earrings and 8 rings in 14k gold with Tahitian and freshwater pearls starting at $350.

This carved Tahitian Pearl Ring from the Momento Collection by Galatea contains an NFC chip that allows it to save an play back voice, images, and videos with a tap to your phone.

 

These carved Tahitian pearl earrings and pendant from the Momento Collection by Galatea contains an NFC chip that allows it to save an play back voice, images, and videos with a tap to your phone.

This isn’t the first time that Galatea mad pearl scientist Chi Huynh has broken new ground.  He invented the innovative Diamond in a Pearl Collection in 1998, still a best-seller today.  In 2005, he launched the Galatea Pearl, a cultured pearl grown on a gemstone bead nucleus, founding a pearl farm in Vietnam to control the growth process. His innovation isn’t limited to pearls, either.  He created a new gemstone cut, called the DavinChi Cut, which reflects color mysteriously from another gem set underneath.

But the Momento Pearl extends his innovation into the interesting new market for wearable technology. “This is where the future of jewelry begins,” Chi says. “A person can ‘live’ in this pearl forever, as it holds the voice and memories of a loved one.”

7 Comments

  1. Meiko Lucas 3 years Reply

    Hats off to Chi for this amazing innovation, creating smart jewelries, this is undoubtedly the future of the jewelries and the possibilities are the limitless. I won’t be surprised if in future we find a small computer residing inside gems and pearls, making you even access internet!

  2. Galatea Jewelry 3 years Reply

    Thanks for the lovely article Cheryl! In order to get these gems directly to the people, we’ve decide to launch them to the public using the Kickstarter platform for online distribution http://kck.st/1IYzqQU. We’re getting the message out now and could use your beautiful words to let people know where they can get them at an exclusive rate and with design available nowhere else. Thanks for being one of a kind, Cheryl.

    Happy Day!

  3. Meiko Lucas 3 years Reply

    I wonder how this jewelry was not noticed by creators of James bond movie. It could be easily donned by those beautiful bond girls.Apart from technical wizardry, great work of art!

  4. Moodmetric 3 years Reply

    This design ring will speak to you by biosensing your emotions: Moodmetric is a smart jewelry for emotional wellbeing. It measures skin conductance to track your emotional levels and connects to your smartphone. See more at http://www.moodmetric.com.

  5. Gina Pankowski 3 years Reply

    Better than a message in a bottle for the surprise factor! Hmmmm if love fades can the message be changed?

  6. Roslyn Zelenka 3 years Reply

    Chi Huynh has done it again. Unbelievably gorgeous!

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