Collections by Joya Jewelry Subscription Review – January 2019

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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.

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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 January 2019 Review

Most months, I open my Collections by Joya to find a card featuring a jewelry-bedecked model. This month’s image features a chunky necklace that I would love to receive in a Joya box and a pair of earrings that I have received! I don’t see them on the site anymore, but here is a similar pair. The chain fringe didn’t feel very “me” when I first encountered them, but I’ve hung onto them and found myself reaching for them when I want to take a risk with my style.

On the back is info about their showrooms so you can shop in person. Interestingly, the dates are all for the summer, and there is no year listed, so I’m just trusting that they’re for future shows and not past ones!

Here’s the canvas pouch of mystery and delight! Ready to see what’s in it?

Ooh, some color! It’s funny—since I was noticing the summer dates of the showroom shows on the welcome card, I had summer on the brain, and I feel like the hues on these two pieces are fittingly rather summery. Probably just a coincidence, but who knows, maybe Joya‘s goin’ for a thing?

Maya Pendant Necklace in Pink Tourmaline — Retail Value $68.95 (found here for $58.95)

This necklace is about as not-my-style as it gets; I rarely wear pink, I prefer more statement pendants, and I’m more of a long-length necklace person. That said, it’s a unique piece with its mismatching gold beads. It will make a lovely gift, I just have to think of which of my friends might like it!

When I unwrapped this necklace, it looked so fancy to me, but then I put it on with my ruffly T-shirt and I don’t feel it looks too entirely out of place. So, there’s some versatility as far as styling goes!

Jordan Cuff Bracelet in Aqua Chalcedony — Estimated Value $88.95 (Buy Freshwater Pearl version here)

The second piece I received this month is way more my speed in terms of color. That said, my days of being a cuff- and bangle-wearer are generally over because I work at a computer and the feeling & sound of metal clicking on my desk or keyboard simply got old. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this bracelet’s Chalcedony stones are absolutely gorgeous, though!

Actually, popping this cuff on over my sweater sleeve opened up a whole new world for me! It doesn’t slide around and is more comfortable this way. I also think it looks pretty against the neutral tone I’m wearing. Plus, it sort of coordinates with the blue-green Alexandrite stone in my ring, doesn’t it? This might have changed the game for me! That said, I’ll have to see if I find myself reaching for it in the coming weeks. If not, I’ll probably move it along.

Joya usually includes this sleeve-style box and a piece of ribbon for gift wrapping in case you’d like to move any of your items along. I have a bit of a stockpile of the boxes, which are good for packing up all sorts of little items, like essential oil bottles or gift cards. This is by far the most beautiful piece of ribbon they’ve sent and I hope they continue to include a high-quality piece like this! It’s fitting with how lovely the rest of the box is.

Verdict: While this month’s Collections by Joya was a bit of a miss for me, I still loved the surprise of finding what items were sent for me to start out the new year with. Knowing that you can’t win every single time with sub boxes (though, truly, most often I’m pretty darn pumped about what comes in this one each month), this less-than-ideal-for-me selection came with good timing—after the holidays, after I received some thoughtful gifts from loved ones. The items I received, while not my style, are still well made and will make the recipient(s) of my gifting very happy, I’m sure!

This box costs $49.95, including free shipping. The necklace and bracelet add up to and estimated $157.90, less with necklace’s sale price, which is a stellar value.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by 2/8 to get the February box!

Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, here’s approx. what you’re paying approximately per item:

  • Necklace: $19.91
  • Bracelet: $30.04

Alternatively, each piece of jewelry has an average cost of $24.98.

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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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  1. I like both of those pieces. If I could get things like that in jewelry boxes, I would sign up.
    But I pass though on account I might get something big, clunky and long like the big necklace on the card. I am petite and ample in bust so those bit long clunky necklaces do not look nice on me or feel it since I got a chest I got to haul around I don’t need extra weight or feel of bouncy stuff….lol….

  2. I have to say, I understand about preferring different styles and colours, but that necklace looks fantastic on you.

    • That’s sweet of you to say, Amber! Thank you!

  3. Beautiful! Those stones are absolutely gorgeous!

    • Joya has a way of doing stones well, huh? 🙂

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