They say that if you put your ear up to a seashell, you can hear the ocean rumbling within...But what happens when you listen to a pearl?
You may not hear the ocean, but the Galatea company (the “original creator of carved pearls,” as their website proudly boasts) may be onto something with the latest in pearl innovation. Imagine receiving the gift of a lovely pearl pendant from a loved one, simply touching the pearl to your cell phone or a nearby speaker, then hearing the voice of that person telling you they love you?
Using breakthrough technology, this has now become a reality for jewelry. A company known for thinking outside the shell when it comes to pearls, Galatea has engineered a series of miniscule NFC (near field communication) microchips which can be implanted into the heart of a pearl, invisible from the outside, while being securely held in place within the pearl. These chips need no battery, as they run on induction energy.
In order to begin, one would need simply to record a meaningful phrase, a “Happy Birthday,” or any number of sounds...in fact, why stop at sound? These magnificent little cards can also hold images, messages, or meaningful videos, effectively making them the world’s most high-tech lockets. In order to “unlock” the message, the recipient would simply need to download the proper application to their phone or device, touch it to the pearl (or gem), and the data would transfer automatically...because, after all, who could tolerate a USB plug coming out of their jewelry?
Despite the impressive variety of media this technology is capable of transmitting, Galatea insists they are trying to inspire the idea that a pearl can carry the voice of a loved one...And yet, now that the technology is available, it will be an utterly fascinating journey to see if the trend takes hold. Could this usher in a whole new age of functionality, as well as sentimentality, in the gift-giving world? Will our children give and receive strands of pearls, each pearl with a different, special memory cleverly hidden within? Only time will tell.