Sometimes all it takes is a bold bracelet to break the ice.
That is Robin Randall of Sewickley’s hope for the Curioso Cuff, an interactive accessory she created with her father that aims to not only make a fashion statement but also to start conversations. After three years of development, it had its soft launch a couple of weeks ago and is now available for $35 at www.curiosocuff.com.
What makes it different from other cuffs is an opalscent stone that a wearer can light up three ways by pressing it. There’s solid illumination, a gradient color glow and a flashing light mode — or just show off the stone without any of these modes.
“We named it Curioso Cuff because we wanted it to be a little mysterious,” Ms. Randall says, adding that it’s intended to spark curiosity. “If you remember the mood ring, that was a conversation piece, as well. This is a similar thing.”
The flashing pattern is well suited for a concert or a nightclub environment, she says, whereas the other light settings could be a subtle way to attract attention from an intriguing stranger seated nearby at a bar or restaurant.
“I really wanted to do something for women that would enhance the social environment not only in Pittsburgh but all over,” she says.
Ms. Randall and some friends have worn them out to see if the cuff generates the interest — and conversations — that they had hoped. Women in boutiques across the city have come up to her and asked her about it, she says, while a man in a bar at La Guardia Airport in New York asked, “Is there a reason that your bracelet is lit?”
Jewelry design has been a change of pace for Ms. Randall, who is a freelance voiceover artist and has spent more than 16 years in the marketing industry. She plans to expand the bracelet business by getting the Curioso Cuff into some Pittsburgh boutiques and eventually coming up with styles for men and ones with light patterns in other color combinations. (Black and gold, anyone?)
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