With the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion trends in full swing, distinct smart jewellery pieces are finding their way among the everyday sparklers. With quite a few genuine treasures to invest in this year, most of the best connected jewellery moments of 2017 came from names you might not have heard of.
Challenging the old-fashioned system with revolutionary ideas, smart jewellery startups are slowly but surely breathing new life into our jewel cases. Of all the curiosities to covet this holiday season, we have picked out a few of our favourite fashionable wearables and styled them with popular AW17/18 trends.
The New Corduroy
Made infamous by geography professors of yesteryear, corduroy is back for A/W 17 thanks to the efforts of Prada, Mulberry and Lemaire. The reimagined throwback trend with new feminine silhouettes would welcome the look of the Kate Spade Scallop Bangle Tracker in a gold finish.
It's a stylish bracelet, made from stainless steel and a white mother-of-pearl module, that does everything a Fossil Group hybrid watch does - it tracks activity, sleep and other habits (like drinking water).
With notifications, music, find my phone and selfie controls from the wrist, Kate Spade is not only bringing back elegance, it's might just bring back good ol' fashioned manners too.
Top-to-toe tonal, i.e wearing all one colour, is a craze that was favoured by Roksanda, Max Mara and Preen on the catwalks this season. True, not many of us can pull it off, but the secret to making it work is to pick one accessory and keep it simple.
As an accessory, we recommend new kid on the block, Motiv. Wrapped in a titanium shell, the activity and heart rate tracking ring is thinner than two nickels and weighs less than a penny. Available in rose gold and slate gray finishes, it is the perfect balance between form, fit and function - just watch out for scratches.
Read this: Motiv Ring review
Heritage checks are so hot right now, as per Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Mulberry, but this is actually a classic look favoured by the Queen. Think green quilted jackets and silk headscarves that demand a handsome piece of smart jewellery like the Ringly Go smart bracelet to give the trend a modern touch.
Offering activity tracking, mobile alerts and guided meditation, Ringly's 14k gold-plated bracelet is nickel free, aesthetically pleasing and promises to help you lead a more organised lifestyle.
The Sharp Suit
Originally straight out of Working Girl, the sharp suit has made a comeback thanks to CĂ©line and Stella McCartney. The 2017 update to the suit, though, is more fitted and less about the shoulder pads. As sharp as Saville Row, this is a style that begs the company of a sleek accessory like the Misfit Ray's gold/rose gold/silver tone bangle.
This is a wearable that will give your outfit a lovely tech edge. Offering a blend of performance and versatility, the Ray delivers features like step counting, distance travelled, calories burned and sleep tracking. Another bonus is that it practically never needs charging and is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Thank you, Christopher Kane, for bringing back the cardigan in all its glory. Granny knits are both comfy and stylish, so we're not complaining that fashion demands we hold onto this trend. When it comes to styling it, some prefer dressing it up with Nanna's pearls, but we prefer a smart brooch like Bellabeat's Leaf Urban.
The modern and durable smart jewellery is water resistant, eco-friendly and made out of recycled wood composite that mimics the look of stone. Available in rose gold or silver, the distinct Urban brooch will work well with every woolly cardi.
The Space-Age Look
Paco Rabanne has spoken: silver lamĂ© is the new party fabric for this season. This space-age trend, also embraced by the likes of Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson, demands a statement piece of smart jewellery like Wisewear's Duchess Palladium.
The stylish tech piece is the perfect blend of modern and traditional design with a striking pop of colour. You will adore this intelligent silver bracelet that has managed to combine elegant design with innovative tech to keep you confident, safe and connected.
If Raf Simons' clear plastic outerwear for Calvin Klein is your thing, then you need a pendant that you can layer with other pieces of jewellery. For this, we recommend the Ivy Smart Jewelry with Black Stone necklace.
More than just a smart piece of jewellery, the Ivy wearable is made of cubic zirconia stone, plastic, metal and leather and designed to look after your safety. Tap twice to emit a loud alarm, three times to send your location and an audio recording to friends and family.
With so much technology wrapped in jewellery to pick from, the super affordable Ivy can easily complement all that patent and PVC trending in 2017/18.