(SAN DIMAS, Calif.) - Exciting news for iPhone lovers and the jewelry industry at large: Galatea Jewelry by Artist’s patented, NFC-empowered Momento™ Pearl, Gem and Diamond jewelry now works with the Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Momento jewelry had previously been compatible only with Android phones and tablets. The Galatea Momento NFC app is now available for download on Apple’s App Store.
Momento #NFC jewelry, first introduced by Galatea in 2014, is truly interactive fine jewelry. It contains a near field communication (NFC) chip, allowing a user to play messages, or view texts or images when the pearl, gemstone or diamond jewelry is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Galatea has applied for seven patents for Momento, four of which have been granted. The Momento Collections currently include over 75 unique jewelry styles. Apple unlocked the NFC portion of its operating system for app developers in September, the same time it introduced its new iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X.
“We’ve been waiting for Apple to allow us to adapt our technology for the iOS operating system since we debuted this product three years ago,” says Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea. “We invested heavily in the technology and the patents because we believe this is the future for fine jewelry.”
Despite its high-tech interface, the real benefits of Momento, says Huynh, lies in its ability to summon a voice, a memory and evoke an emotional response. Of special interest is the Momento Diamond, “The World’s First Interactive Engagement Diamond.” Sold as semi-mounts, the engagement rings offer a new twist on the meaning of a diamond. “It can hold everything from a proposal to wedding vows and images and video links to the ceremony. Think about the enormity of that,” says Huynh.
The Momento Pearl™ contains an NFC chip to play a voice message as well as a variety of digital content.
The Jewelry Revolutionary
Though Momento is unique, Huynh says it’s just a natural extension of Galatea’s revolutionary work with gemstones, pearls and pearl culturing over the last 20 years. Known for its hand-carved cultured Tahitian and freshwater pearls (the Momento Pearl collection features only hand-carved pearls), Galatea also owns a number of patents for its unique pearl and gemstone jewelry. In 2005, the company introduced the Galatea Pearl™ (Patent 7,062,940 B2), a pearl that is cultured using a colored stone bead. After the pearl’s nacre is carved away, the color can be seen below its surface. It’s been called the most significant breakthrough in pearl culturing since Kokichi Mikimoto patented the process in the early part of the 20th century.
The company’s DavinChi Cut Collection, which was awarded an International Patent in 2012, introduced a new way of setting a gemstone in jewelry so it could absorb the colors of its surroundings. And Galatea’s newest Galaxia Collection features a patent-pending bonding process that adheres miniscule lab-grown diamond druzy to precious metals or pearls without a noticeable setting.
The complete collection of Momento Pearl, Gemstone and Diamond jewelry features MSRPs beginning at $350.
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