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The best pieces of smart jewelry you can buy

The best pieces of smart jewelry you can buy

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  • Smart jewelry brings fashion and tech together in the perfect marriage of beauty and brains.

  • We’ve tested all the smart jewelry out there, and the Bellabeat Leaf Urban is the best piece of smart jewelry for most women.

Wearables don’t have to be ugly or super masculine to be high tech and helpful. A number of small startups and a handful of big companies are finally making wearables for women. One of the most exciting new categories is smart jewelry. 

Smart jewelry is turning the fitness tracker into a work of art. Some of these gorgeous pieces of jewelry use high-end materials like stainless steel, leather, and wood.

We’ve tested a lot of smart jewelry, and these are our favorite pieces. Every item in this buying guide offers special smart features, including fitness tracking, notifications, silent alarms, and even mindfulness reminders. Whether you want a smart necklace, bracelet, or watch, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our picks for the best smart jewelry:

Updated on 11/27/2018 by Malarie Gokey: Added the Leaf Chakra and Motiv smart ring. Updated prices and formatting.

Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

The best piece of smart jewelry overall

Why you’ll love it: You can wear Bellabeat’s Leaf Urban as a bracelet, necklace, or brooch to track your activity, stress level, mindfulness, and sleep.

Bellabeat’s original Leaf Nature was the first piece of smart jewelry I ever tried, and I’ve been a huge fan of the company ever since. I’ve worn some version of the Leaf almost every day for the past two years, and the Leaf Urban is my favorite piece of smart jewelry — period. 

The Urban has a more modern and durable design that’s water resistant and eco-friendly. The leaf-shaped body is made out of recycled wood composite that mimics the look of stone. It’s encased in a metal clip that you can get in rose gold or silver. The metal part looks like the abstract veins of a leaf, and it opens up slightly to act as a brooch or a clip.

At either end of the Leaf Urban, the metal curves out into a loop so you can use it as a pendant on a necklace chain or wear it with a bracelet. Bellabeat includes a necklace and leather bracelet in the box along with your Leaf Urban and a tiny screwdriver for when you need to change the battery inside. The tracker is so popular that you can also find a number of handmade bracelets for it on Amazon.

The little wearable tracks your active minutes, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep duration, and sleep quality automatically. Just tap twice on the Leaf Urban to sync it with your companion app and see all the data.

You can also follow guided meditation sequences in the app and set silent alarms to wake up more peacefully in the morning. The app even has period and fertility tracking for those who are interested. 

Using an algorithm, Bellabeat can predict your resistance to stress on any given day. For example: Say you didn’t sleep well, you haven’t exercised, and you’ve fallen behind on your meditation exercises — you may be more susceptible to stress on that day. 

The Leaf aims to improve your well-being so you can live a more mindful, healthy life, and it does exactly that — with style.

Pros: Versatile design, eco-friendly materials, great mindfulness features, fitness tracking, and you never have to charge it

Cons: No notifications and replacing the battery after six months requires removing small screws

Buy the rose gold Bellabeat Leaf Urban on Amazon for $99.99 (originally $138)

Buy the silver Bellabeat Leaf Urban on Amazon for $99.99 (originally $139)

Buy handmade bracelets for the Leaf Urban on Amazon $13 and up

Buy 10 batteries for your Bellabeat Leaf Urban on Amazon for $4.35

Read our full review of the Bellabeat Leaf Urban on Insider Picks

The best smart analog watch with a classic style

Why you’ll love it: Fossil’s Q Neely looks like a slim classic analog watch, but it can track your activity, buzz with notifications, and more.

If you want an analog watch with smarts, look no further than Fossil’s line of hybrid watches. My personal favorite is the new Q Neely with a rose gold casing and tan leather strap. Its subtle design is classic Fossil, and it fits in with any outfit.

The hours are marked by simple lines instead of numbers, giving it a minimalistic look. The Q Neely is also one of the slimmest hybrid watches Fossil has made yet. It’s much less bulky than the original Q watches, making it perfect for smaller wrists. The Neely is even water resistant up to 5 ATM, so you can get even swim with it if you want, though water will obviously ruin the leather strap.

The Q Neely comes in three different color combinations, including the aforementioned rose gold and tan color palette, a lovely purple-red cabernet color, and silver and black leather.

You can easily swap the 16mm straps with any other compatible watch bands — all you need is the same spring mechanism. Fossil offers a huge selection of straps for about $25 each.

One of the best things about the Q Neely is the way Fossil uses the watch face to communicate information in a subtle way. There’s a small sub dial in the center of the watch face where you can see how close you are to meeting your fitness goals. When you meet your goals, the watch hands do a celebratory dance around the screen as your watch vibrates.

You can also program the hands to alert you when your most important contacts text you. When my mom texts me, the watch hands go to 1. The three side buttons can also be set to open the selfie camera on your phone, control your music, or call your phone to help you find where you put it.

Even though it has all these high-tech features, you don’t have to charge the Q Neely, and the simple watch battery inside is easy to replace after your six-to-12 months of battery life runs out. 

Fossil has many other Q hybrid watches in different styles, so if this one isn’t your cup of tea, you can also check out the other options. Related brands like Skagen and Kate Spade also have great hybrid watches

Pros: Gorgeous design, great activity and sleep tracking, notifications, an easily programmable smart button, and you never have to charge it

Cons: You have to replace the watch battery every six months

Buy the rose gold and tan leather Fossil Q Neely on Amazon for $108.50 (originally $155)

Buy the silver and black leather Fossil Q Neely on Amazon for $108.50 (originally $155)

Buy a 4-pack of batteries for the Fossil Q Neely on Amazon for $5.85 

Shop all Fossil Q hybrid watches

The best smart necklace

Why you’ll love it: Bellabeat’s Leaf Chakra is a beautiful piece of smart jewelry that uses real onyx or rose quartz in ts design.

Bellabeat also makes a very pretty piece of smart jewelry called the Leaf Chakra. It does all the same things as the Leaf Urban and original Leaf Nature. There are two main differences: The Leaf Chakra uses onyx and rose quartz stones in the pendant and it can’t be worn as a bracelet.

The Chakra has a durable design that’s water resistant and eco-friendly. The leaf-shaped body is made out of recycled wood composite that mimics the look of stone. In the center, you can have either onyx or rose quartz. The onyx is for the power chakra, while the rose quartz is for the love chakra.

The Leaf Chakra is encased in a metal clip that you can get in rose gold (with onyx) or silver (with rose quartz). You can wear it as a clip or a necklace.

 Bellabeat includes a necklace in the box along with your Leaf Chakra and a tiny screwdriver for when you need to change the battery inside

The little wearable tracks your active minutes, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep duration, and sleep quality automatically. Just tap twice on the Leaf Chakra to sync it with your companion app and see all the data.

You can also follow guided meditation sequences in the app and set silent alarms to wake up more peacefully in the morning. The app even has period and fertility tracking for those who are interested. 

Using an algorithm, Bellabeat can predict your resistance to stress on any given day. For example: Say you didn’t sleep well, you haven’t exercised, and you’ve fallen behind on your meditation exercises — you may be more susceptible to stress on that day. 

The Leaf aims to improve your well-being so you can live a more mindful, healthy life, and it does exactly that — with style.

Pros: Versatile design, eco-friendly materials, great mindfulness features, fitness tracking, and you never have to charge it

Cons: No notifications and replacing the battery after six months requires removing small screws

Buy the Bellabeat Leaf Chakra on Amazon for $139.99

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