Collections by Joya Jewelry Subscription Review – December 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 December 2018 Review
Most months, I open my Collections by Joya to find a card featuring a jewelry-bedecked model. I’m loving the stacked bracelets on this one. I usually go by the ol’ Coco Chanel quote, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,” since most of my jewelry is somewhat statement-y, but I’m inspired by this maximalist jewelry look—I think it works because it’s made up of mostly neutrals.
On the back is info about where you can shop Joya.
I had only been reviewing Joya for 3 months when my December box came last year and I remember being so enchanted by the elevated experience they created for the holidays. You can reminisce with me by checking out the review here. I had a Christmas-morning-like moment when I received this month’s box in the mail because I don’t ever do a pre-open of it before exploring it to review, and this time around I fetched it off my porch in the evening, past when the light for photographing would be good. So I had to wait with anticipation until morning to see what was inside! Among other things, there was the usual canvas pouch containing a surprise piece of jewelry.
Roman Earrings — Retail Value $68.95
In the pouch was this lovely pair of Roman Earrings. You know I love a good fringe earring, but I’m especially vibing on this classed-up version with moody navy tassels affixed to sophisticated hammered brass. They’ll be perfect for the holidays!
I have already worn them with a variety of casual-to-fancy outfits!
Black Cable Wool, Fleece Lined Gloves — Buy a similar here for $18.99
Also included were these black knit gloves with a cable design on the back of the hand and the warmest fleece lining. These gloves fit snugly on my small hands, but they’re stretchy so I believe they would fit larger hands well, too. They seem impenetrable from the winter wind! They don’t have a media fingertip on them, which I would have liked, but then again, that silver-tipped look can cheapen a pair of gloves a bit, I think.
Side note: for $48.95, Joya offers a wrapped gift set, which includes a fringe necklace and a pair of these gloves, plus a candle. There are other combos available for purchase, too. It looks like a beautifully curated gift experience—sort of what I was expecting from this month’s sub box!
Red Lettered Goods Merry Christmas Card — Retail Value $4.50
Finally, I received a cute Christmas card! I always use gift tags to mark my presents, or sometimes even just use stamps on brown paper, so I don’t have much use for a single Christmas card. That said, this could be included in a mailed package to a friend or family member who won’t be with you this holiday season. I love love love that deep green envelope—it would look so perfect with metallic silver or gold writing on it!
Joya didn’t include a fancy box for gifting this year, just the classic cardstock sleeve box and some shiny gold ribbon. Even a different colored sleeve box would’ve felt more special, but alas, I plan on keeping this month’s earrings, so I suppose I wouldn’t be using it anyway! Perhaps that’s feedback they got from last year (that people ended up keeping their jewelry instead of gifting it), and adjusted this year’s December box accordingly.
Verdict: It was fun to see how Collections by Joya chose to make their Christmas box special this year. It’s perhaps not quite as magical as I was hoping based on last year’s experience, but they still included some solid items. This box costs $49.95, including free shipping. The earrings, gloves, and Christmas card add up to $92.44, which is a great value.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by 1/8 to get the January box!
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, here’s approx. what you’re paying approximately per item:
- Earrings: $37.26
- Gloves: $10.26
- Card: $2.43
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What did you receive in your December Collections by Joya box?