Collections by Joya Jewelry Subscription Review – October 2018


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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.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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 October 2018 Review

After an awesome Collections by Joya box of goodies last month, I was so eager to see what October’s box would hold! Okay, let’s be honest, I’m always super ready for Joya to arrive. Here’s what I got:

As usual, all of this month’s jewelry comes tucked in a lightweight cotton drawstring pouch.

Inside were three items. I love three-piece months—hooray! The necklace was further protected by a small poly bag. I was so excited to see some different colors than I’ve received in the past.

Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings — Estimated Value $48.95 (similar earrings here and here)

These earrings are the item I’m most in love with this month. I’ve been seeing bloggers wear tortoiseshell hoops lately and finding myself really digging the look, which feels ceremonious to me because my mum often wore tortoiseshell hoops when I was a kid—so the look seems very “adult” to me. I don’t always think of myself as an adult, haha, so it’s funny to be drawn to a style that has that concept associated with it. It feels like a big deal! I also want to point out that these earrings come with rubber backs, which is crucial for keeping them on. I’m always losing those things, so it’s a bonus when new earrings arrive with them included.

“Old me” wouldn’t think the vibe of these earrings would go well with the vintage jacket I was wearing the day my box arrived, but then I heard the voice in my head that constantly tells my friends and family to make their own fashion rules and I rocked ’em for the rest of the day! It felt right.

I wore them again the next day and as I pulled the rubber back off of one to remove it, the whole stud broke off of the hoop (I put the rubber bit back on before taking this picture so I wouldn’t lose it). Darn it! This is the third pair of Joya earrings that’s broken on me. Luckily, these will be easy to superglue back together without compromising their appearance. It’s also worth noting that I can’t think of a single brand from which I’ve owned this volume of jewelry, so overall having three fixable breaks out of the dozens of pieces I’ve received isn’t too bad. I still think highly of this brand and box.

Dhana Necklace in Cinnamon — Retail Value $58.95

I give this necklace two very enthusiastic thumbs up! Its pendant features a sophisticated quartz stone paired with fun tiers of fringe, which is exactly the combo I seek in my jewelry (and is generally the norm for Joya pieces). The Joya site says this piece is perfect for spring, but I believe its colors transition beautifully into fall and, honestly, through all the seasons. I don’t wear much pink, so this deep, dusty blushy-mauvey color is my perfect pink-ish tone.

I like how it looks with my jacket—it’s the perfect length to just peek out under the asymmetrical flap part.

Gold-Painted Beaded Bracelet — Estimated Value $48.95 (similar styles here and here)

This bracelet makes a great layering piece. I was unable to find it on the Joya website, but to me, the beads look like bone of some sort, each decorated with a swipe of metallic gold paint. I like that the paint is a bit messy/rustic. The beads are strung on an elastic band, so no struggling with trying to clasp it with one hand!

It’s a nice size for my wrist—not too tight.

Here are all three items together in one look. I just realized the necklace flipped backward, whoops!

Here’s a quick shot of the gift wrap that comes in every month’s box! It’s a cardstock squeezebox that arrives with a pretty piece of raffia ribbon. I won’t be regifting any of this month’s items, but I’ll save this wrapping for future use!

Verdict: It was yet another blissful month for Collections by Joya! The earrings are my favorite, despite their having broken (easy fix), the necklace is a close second, and the bracelet, while not hugely standout to me, is a great everyday add-on. I always mention that I love the high quality and ethical production of Joya jewelry! This box costs $49.95, including free shipping. The three items in my box added up to an estimated $156.85, which was calculated using two estimated prices and one retail value. That incredible value is pretty standard for this box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by 11/8 to get the November box!

Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, you’re paying approximately $16.65 per item. I believe that’s a fantastic deal. 

Check out all of our Collections by Joya reviews and more handmade jewelry and fair trade boxes and jewelry subscription boxes in the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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What did you receive in your October Collections by Joya box?

Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen stepped into the world of subscription boxes by signing up for Graze. After her world was changed (for the better, obviously) by a steady delivery of amazing snacks, she realized she needed to expand her horizons to include deliveries of eco-friendly products, clothes, and beyond.

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6 Comments

  1. Ooh! I’ve been eyeing that necklace. I so hope that I get it in my box!

    (I don’t always get the same pieces as you do. There’s often a variation)

  2. The earrings look really cute on you.

    • Thank you! I just superglued the post back on so they’re back in action. 🙂

  3. I love that jacket!

    • Thanks! I think it’s actually meant to be a dress, but it’s so very polyester and hugs in all the wrong places unless worn open, haha!

      • You totally rock that “dress”. It looks gorgeous worn open.

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