We are so lucky to grow up in a world where technology is super advanced… Technology has evolved so much in the past few years which allows long distance relationship couples to feel more connected than ever! Phones allow us to hear our partner’s voice, cameras allow us to virtually see our partner, etc. Thanks to companies like Talsam, today’s technology allows us to feel close to our partners, even while being miles and miles away from each other! Talsam’s long distance jewelry is one of the most creative products I’ve ever seen for LDR couples…
In this blog, I’m going to be talking about their jewelry which is classified as ‘smart jewelry for love’! Talsam is a handcrafted charm that pairs with a private messaging app to help keep you connected to someone you love, no matter where you are in the world.
The two below are my personal favorites!
Long Distance Jewelry by Talsam
Overview of Who is Behind Talsam
I had the opportunity to interview the founder of Talsam, Omar Farha! Omar was actually in a long distance relationship himself. He met (his now wife) in Dubai around 11 years ago through mutual friends. His wife lived in Dubai, while Omar was living in New York and they were long distance for 2 years! Their flights were 14 hours long, and they had a 9 hour time difference. For those of you who are in a long distance relationship, you understand just how difficult that is. It’s almost like they were living in two completely different worlds!
Omar said the hardest part of being in a long distance relationship was dealing with the time difference. Considering Dubai is 9 hours ahead of New York, by 1pm or 2pm NY time, it would be bedtime for his wife, and only the middle of the workday for him. It made it challenging to have meaningful conversations during the week, and as Omar said, it’s not easy to fully share your experiences with your partner when you’re in a LDR. Even video conferencing fails to communicate what you might be feeling, thinking, or experiencing. Omar said that trust and empathy are so incredibly important when it comes to making a LDR work… And, he’s right! You truly need to want what’s best for each other, even if it isn’t necessarily what would make you happy at the moment.
When asking Omar what his key advice is for other LDR couples, he said:
“Find the fun in it. Approach it as a unique experience that will make your relationship stronger. Embrace the opportunities for self-development that it offers you. In a LDR, you have more time to invest in yourself without having to worry about starting a new relationship. Fewer distractions can lead to more focus, which can enable you to make greater strides in your own life. And when you’re finally reunited with the one you love, you’ll be in a better place individually and as a couple. It’s healthy to lead separate lives and while an LDR is an extreme version of that, it can lay the foundation for a resilient and mutually supportive relationship.”
What Inspired Talsam
What I love about this company is the fact that its founder, Omar, personally understands what all of us in long distance relationships go through… This inspired him to create Talsam!
Omar’s experiences from being separated from his then-girlfriend (who’s now his wife) and his family are what pushed him to create a product that brings couples together. He was frustrated by the options available for connecting with loved ones… He felt as if they were either impersonal (like emailing or texting), not private enough, or a bit noisy (like WhatsApp) where he would receive messages from friends, acquaintances, and work colleagues all in the same place. When you get a message on an app like WhatsApp, you don’t know who’s sending you a message unless you look at your phone. Well, with Talsam, you know for sure that it’s someone you love communicating with you.
After 2 years of dating long distance, Omar felt as if he was running out of unique gift ideas for his partner. Thankfully, Talsam combines the two, as it’s not only a giftable piece of jewelry, but it also offers couples a more personal way to communicate and in a beautiful way!
What Makes Talsam Unique
There are so many reasons why Talsam’s long distance jewelry is unique… It’s a combination of luxury craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, or as Talsam describes it, ‘beauty and brains’. There are several different types of wearable technology nowadays; however, I can honestly say that they’re nowhere as fashionable as Talsam’s jewelry. Considering Talsam charms are both beautiful and highly functional, it sets them apart from all other wearable tech.
Talsam’s charms are handmade in Europe using semi-precious stones, beautiful Swarovski crystals, and hypoallergenic stainless steel. Amazingly, they’re powered by technology which enables them to do several things… Let’s get into it!
- They light up and vibrate when their wearer receives a message: This is such a unique way to show your partner that you’re thinking about them! It’s something that only you and your partner can use without any interruptions from other people.
- You can send SOS alerts containing the wearer’s location to an emergency contact and the local authorities in the U.S. just from the press of a button: Safety is key! By having this feature, it can ensure you and your partner that you stay safe and, if needed, get you help with a simple click of the button. The wearer can send SOS alerts containing their location alongside a quick status message. This could definitely come in handy and can make both you and your partner feel more secure.
- Forget text messages: You can send quick status messages, like “I miss you” or “call me”. I think we can all agree that this is far more special than a regular text message!
- You can unlock secret messages sent using the Talsam app: Who doesn’t love the idea of this?!
How the Technology Works
In order to send your partner a virtual message to their jewelry, high tech obviously needs to be involved! Talsam uses Bluetooth Low Energy to pair with the Talsam app on your mobile phone.
Each charm is decorated with six Swarovski crystals arranged in the pattern of the Lyra Constellation – a group of stars that has been associated with love for millennia (how beautiful is that?!) Each of the crystals sits directly on top of an LED light and, when you send a loved one a message using the app, their charm lights up like a shooting star. It’s a romantic way to let them know you’re thinking of them.
These charms connect to the Talsam app – which is a private, one-to-one messaging app that acts as an intimate space for couples. The app lets you share texts, videos, voice notes, photos, and animated emojis to each other and you can also send secret messages that can be unlocked using the charm. It’s so beyond creative, isn’t it?!
The charm also has a built-in USB-C connector which makes it super easy to charge.
Another unique feature of the app is the Moment Stream, which is a “feel good” timeline of saved messages. You can tag any message with one of five positive emotions (amused, happy, loved, optimistic, and thankful) and save it to your Moment Stream. You then have access to a timeline of different moments labeled according to how they made you feel. So, when you’re feeling down, you can tap on a random happy moment from your past and instantly feel better.
There are 6 different designs – all of them can be worn as either a necklace or a bracelet, and they currently retail for $199.
Conclusion of Long Distance Jewelry by Talsam
Overall, I personally believe that Talsam’s jewelry is one of the most special ways to stay and feel connected to your partner – even when you’re miles apart. Not only is the technology super awesome, but the jewelry looks so luxurious that it’s something you’d wear regardless of the brain behind its beauty! It’s beautiful, stylish, and classy looking.
I’d highly recommend checking out all of Talsam’s long distance jewelry designs and consider gifting your partner one! As someone who has been in a LDR since 2015, it’s companies like Talsam that make the distance feel a little less lonely and easier to overcome. So, thank you Omar and everyone at Talsam for creating something that we LDR couples can appreciate and cherish.
I’d also like to bring attention to the fact that Talsam is donating 10% of all sales to Feeding America – a nonprofit organization that works to keep low-income families supplied with food. Thank you for helping to not only better LDR couples, but low-income families, too!
For more information on Talsam, you can visit their website by clicking here. Additionally, you can follow them on Instagram (@MyTalsam) to see more in-action shots of their amazing long distance jewelry!