Jewelbox: October 2013

JewelBox is a monthly jewelry subscription where for $10 a month you will receive one piece of handmade jewelry.  When you sign up you fill out an online form with questions about your coloring, style and favorite fashion items.

This month I was so disappointed I ended up canceling my subscription.

Blue Keychain

Verdict
Total Miss
Instead of jewelry, I received a keychain.    It’s got a fairly large stone attached to a run of the mill keychain.  First, this is supposed to be a “jewelry” subscription.  A keychain is not jewelry.  Second, while $10 isn’t much, it’s more than I’d spend on a keychain.  Now, the stone attached is pretty and I may end up taking this apart and using it to make something else for myself, but I felt like this was a huge cop-out so while I usually give my subscriptions an extra chance after a truly disappointing box, I felt that this one was warranted.

So what do you think?  Is a keychain jewelry for your keys?  Should I have given jewelbox another month?

Fair Ivy: Package #1- Jewelry – September 2013

Got my first package for September from Fair Ivy, a subscription service that features handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now onto the review!!!

Closeup Packaging

This month’s first package featured a jewelry selection from Just A Charm jewelry.  They describe their pieces as “contemporary jewelry with clear and simple geometries.  Each piece is handcrafted in New York City with sterling silver, gold filled, semi-precious gemstones and delicate charms.  The style is modern versatile, minimalist and understated.”  As is par for the course with Fair Ivy, the packaging was lovely and inviting.

Closeup UnopenedInside was a sterling silver necklace.  It features a 14K gold-plated bar charm.

Necklace

Verdict:
Hit!

This is a simple, understated piece that goes with everything.  I really find mixed metals to be interesting and I like the combination of sterling silver and gold plate.

I couldn’t find this piece in Just A Charm’s Etsy store but a similar one in all sterling silver was priced at $23.00.

As usual, Fair Ivy delivers sophisticated, timelessly appealing jewelry.  Of all the boxes I receive I think this one ranks the highest in the category of gift giving.


THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Jewelbox – September 2013

Interested in a subscription box but leery of some of the high price tags? You may want to give JewelBox a try.

JewelBox is a monthly jewelry subscription where for $10 a month you will receive one piece of handmade jewelry. When you sign up you fill out an online form with questions about your coloring, style and favorite fashion items.

Unwrapping

This month I received a lovely gold necklace with a wire-wrapped stone pendant.

Necklace 2

Verdict
Hit!
The chain is medium length with a lobster clasp and has a nice quality to it. The pendant is lighter than you’d expect so it will be easy to wear. The color is very neutral so it will go with pretty much every item in my wardrobe. The quality is very nice for the $10 price tag.

Closeup

My only suggestion would be to include a little business card or note with the shipment. With multiple subscriptions, it took me a little while to figure out which one this came from. (Although it was kind of a fun mystery for a little bit).

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