Collections by Joya Subscription Review – May 2018
Collections by Joya is a monthly jewelry and accessories subscription box for women. All items offered are 100% handmade by expert female artisans around the world. Proceeds from every purchase are donated to a women’s charity.
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About Collections by Joya
The Subscription Box: Collections by Joya
The Cost: $49.95 a month + free US shipping. Save with quarterly and annual subscriptions.
The Products: jewelry and accessories, handmade by women from around the world.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $14.95, and International for $21.95
Collections by Joya May 2018 Review
Welcome to my favorite time of the month: the time when my Joya box arrives and I literally run into my house to open it! Lately, Joya has been including this little “thank you” card with some info about where to find them online. It’s a nice little intro to the box.
Just like the last two months, my jewelry came in this canvas pouch. I appreciate this both because it’s an extra layer of protection in the mail and because pouches like this are great for packing jewelry when traveling or gift-giving.
This month’s pouch was filled with three items: a necklace, a bracelet, and a pair of earrings that I had been coveting ever since I first spotted them on the Collections by Joya website! *cue happy dance*
Mini Tassel Necklace — Retail Value $48.95
I think Joya does tasseled jewelry oh-so-tastefully, and I’m just smitten over this long tasseled necklace. It came in this navy blue color that I don’t see on their site anymore, which offers a beautiful contrast to the golden chain and beads. I was wearing a black dress on the day my box arrived, and I liked how the dark blue fringe looked against it—a different enough shade to not get lost, but a close enough one to not interfere with the embroidery along the neckline.
Ayla Earrings — Retail Value $58.95
Eeeep, here they are! The earrings I’ve been gawking over for months! I adore their ease and simplicity, and I love that they’re hammered brass. if you like the shape of these earrings but aren’t a fan of the hammered look, you’re in luck—only one side of each disc is hammered, so you could probably wear them in a way that sort of hides that textured detail. I, of course, put this pair on immediately and wore them that day…and then again the next day! About halfway through the 2nd day of wear, I was standing on my back patio drinking a glass of water when one of the earrings randomly fell out of my ear and onto the ground. For the first time ever in my experience with Joya jewelry, it seemed like a quality issue because I seriously wasn’t moving! It was easy enough to attach the curved post back to the crescent without misshaping the wire too much, but I’m worried that if it happens again under different circumstances, I might lose the earring. Fingers crossed it was just a fluke.
Here are both pieces worn together. I think they go perfectly with the dress I was wearing that day, as is often the case with Joya items!
The third piece in my box this month is a stacked cuff bracelet. Again I love the hammering, and I’m also digging that it mixes silver and gold tones. If you hadn’t gathered from how casually I mixed black and navy in my outfit above, I am so not beholden to the “fashion rules” that caution against mixing similar tones. That sounds made up to me! I think everyone should just wear what they want! As beautiful as I find this bracelet to me, I have a hard time with cuffs and bangles because I have a relatively small wrist. I have a few in my collection, but I rarely reach for them because they just flop on my arm all day and drive me nuts. So, I’ll probably take advantage of this month’s gift wrap and pass this lovely piece along to a friend!
I was unable to find this exact bracelet on the Joya website but in my opinion it sort of falls in between the Cosmic Cuff ($98) and the Bayou Bracelet ($28.95) in that it’s a little less fancy than the Cosmic Cuff but a little more dressy than the Bayou Bracelet. I used these two styles as guides to help me come up with an estimated value of the cuff I received, which I named “Silver & Gold Cuff” as a placeholder.
I referenced this gift wrap above—it comes in almost every month’s box! It’s a cardstock squeezebox that arrives with a pretty piece of raffia ribbon. I always save a little bit of the sizzle from inside the shipping box to pad whatever I might put in this gift box—in this case, the cuff bracelet.
Verdict: Those who have been following along on my Collections by Joya reviews know that I’ve only ever had exceedingly positive experiences with this box. It’s given me the opportunity to mature my jewelry collection, parting ways with cheap pieces of costume jewelry that are no longer cutting it. This is the first month ever that I’ve had even the slightest issue with quality, but like I said above, I think it might have been a one-off issue with the earring. I’m still very happy with what I received and can’t wait to incorporate these pieces into endless outfits! This box costs $49.95, including shipping. The two items that I know the price of added up to $107.90, which is a stellar value on its own, but add in the estimated $70 cuff bracelet and this month’s box is a through-the-roof good deal!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by 6/8 to get the June box!
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, you’re paying approximately $16.65 per item. For such high-quality accessories with beautiful detailing, that’s a marvelous deal.
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What did you receive in your May Collections by Joya box?