Cate & Chloe Subscription Box Review – July 2017
Cate & Chloe is a monthly jewelry subscription box. Recently, they’ve updated their subscription box program—where before, they’d send two pieces of jewelry per month with a bonus item (sometimes) for $39.99, they now have several subscription levels to choose from:
Full VIP Status
3 pieces of jewelry + monthly bonus item = $39.99/month
Double the Fun
2 pieces of jewelry + monthly bonus item = $29.99/month
The Starter Package
1 piece of jewelry + monthly bonus item = $19.99/month
(with 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year options available at discounted rates for each)
Cate & Chloe sent us this box to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Full VIP Status, $39.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Cate & Chloe VIP
The Cost: $39.99 per month with free shipping for the VIP box, though there are two other subscription levels available as well.
The Products: Depending on which plan you choose, you receive 1, 2, or 3 pieces of Cate & Chloe jewelry plus a bonus item every month. With the $39.99/month VIP box, you’ll receive three pieces of jewelry and one bonus item each month.
Ships to: U.S. via USPS
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
This month’s theme is “Wanderlust.” I’m excited to see how this reflects itself in the jewelry in the box. They did include some tips on how to pack accessories when you’re heading out of town, which is pretty cute!
There’s also some helpful info on keeping your jewelry happy, healthy, and clean. I had no idea that plated jewelry eventually needs to have the plating replaced. Bummer! I wonder how long a period “eventually” is…
There’s also a coupon to use on their site shop! Fun!
The pieces inside the box are packaged in tidy velvet bags or bow-tied jewelry boxes. I appreciate that extra bit of consideration put into presentation.
Emery “Brave” Bracelet with Black Stone – Value $39.95 (Retail price $79.00)
This bracelet is really simple, but in that, I like it a lot. I love the color combo of black and gold—it’s the palette I would’ve picked if I was shopping this look online. At the time I wrote this review, this bracelet was priced at half-off, making it one of the more affordable pieces I’ve seen in this box (which usually gets pretty pricey). I’m not sure that I’d pay $79.00 for this piece (it’s nice, but not so unique), but I feel like $40 is a fairer range for a good-quality bracelet like this one.
The gem has a bit of faceting to it, which looks pretty chic. There are 2 inches of extra chain on this 7-inch bracelet, and the chain is slender, but not so delicate that it seems like it’s going to break.
I don’t know that I see the wanderlust theme in this look, though I will say it’s versatile enough to work in a bunch of looks—in other words, I can just pack this one flexible piece, rather than 3 or 4 different pieces.
Tatiana “Bliss” White Gold Plated Necklace – Value $56.00
Like the bracelet, this necklace is simple and focused around a single “gem”. In this case, the gem is more of a turquoise stone (I’m not sure which). It also came tucked in a cute, velvety bag.
Turquoise isn’t my favorite, and there’s something about this necklace in general that feels a little weird to me. Maybe it’s the way the stone is attached to the chain on its sides, rather than via a loop on top, like with a typical pendant would have.
This necklace is 8.5 inches with a 2 inch extender. I don’t know… it’s just not hitting me. It doesn’t really pop—not that every necklace needs to be a showpiece, but it’s just not compelling to me. If I’d seen it for $50 or so, I’d probably have passed it right up. That said, I could see someone else wearing this blue pendant and it looking totally made for them (maybe for someone with a more boho, understated aesthetic than I have). It’s just not my thing.
The final piece of jewelry came in this sweet cardboard box. That satin bow looks so pretty and prim!
Ariel “Tempest” White Gold Plated Earrings – Value $150.00
I can always count on this box to supply me with at least one super glamorous piece!
These stud earrings twinkle with tiny, silvery white rhinestones. For as va-va-voom as these earrings are, they’re not too big, which not only makes them comfortable to wear, but also means they’re not so fancy that they’d look totally out of place with a simple shift dress or button-down.
I like these earrings a lot and can see myself using them to add some extra polish to summer party looks. But I definitely made a face when I saw that they’re valued at $150, retail! Would I have splurged for these myself? Probably not. I’m considering myself lucky that I got them in this much more affordable box!
Bonus Item: Earring Travel Box – Value $10.00?
There’s no sourcing information for this box, so I just took a guess at the value. As handy as it is, the quality feels like something I could pick up at any accessory shop. The gator-like patent fabric feels very faux, and it doesn’t feel like the most solidly constructed box. Okay! I’m done being a bummer. The point is, it’s not super high-quality, but wow, is it handy!
The snap-shut box starts out barely as big as my phone (which, to be fair, is one of the bigger “plus” phones, but still), and unrolls into this spacious storage system!
There are little panels to pop your stud earrings in, plus a little mirror. I’m forever losing track of my smaller earrings, especially when I’m traveling, so I’m totally putting this purse-friendly box to use!
Verdict: This Cate & Chloe box wasn’t my favorite—the turquoise necklace really didn’t wow me, and the black and gold bracelet is cool, but I’m not quite in love with it. That said, this box has well over $200 of product in it, not even counting the bonus gift. As always, I’m skeptical that the pieces are worth the high retail values they’re listed for on the Cate & Chloe site shop, but I do think you get what, if not more than, you pay for with this $39.95 (and free shipping) box!
What do you think of the July Cate & Chloe box?