Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?

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Technology is shrinking, but that doesn't mean it's getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there's a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive in this space by fighting against the cold, gadget-like aesthetic.

These devices take the shape of traditional jewelry—like bracelets, rings, and necklaces—but include technology that lets them track basic activity, health, and other data. While devices like Fossil's Q hybrid devices toe the line between smartwatches and smart jewelry, other devices focus more on style and personality than they do on tech.

I tested out a few of these pieces of smart jewelry to see if their fashion sense, combined with their tech chops, really set them apart from their traditional wearable counterparts.

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