INK+ALLOY is a female-founded accessory brand with a mission to empower women through every day, modern pieces that make a bold statement. Their accessories are all designed in Atlanta, and made both in Atlanta and by artisans in India. Their seed bead earrings are hand-woven and their Insider Club sends one surprise pair of earrings per month for $20/month. That's 20-30% savings + free shipping!
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Opening The Box
The earrings of the month arrive in this small white box, simply packaged with an info card on top and your earrings tucked underneath. This month, however, we were sent more than just earrings! I was surprised to find a bracelet in there, too.
Here's What's Inside
This is only my third month as a member of the Insider Club, so I don't claim to be an expert. But the past two boxes I've received (see them here) showed all the possible colorways you could possibly have received that month on the front of the card. This month, it's more of a marketing image, so I'm led to believe that their full collection of resin hoops and bangles were in the mix. Their Simple Resin Hoops come in ivory, mint, navy, and red. Their resin bangles come in the same colors, both in smooth and hexagonal designs.
The back of the card gives a 15% discount off orders made outside the subscription, as well as info about how to tag INK+ALLOY on your socials for a chance to be featured on their account.
Navy Simple Resin Hoop Earrings and Navy Simple Resin Bangle — Retail Value $25 each
I knew that INK+ALLOY carried more than just beaded jewelry, but I hadn't yet stumbled upon their resin collection. For some, the pop of color offered by bold resin jewelry can be really fun to style, but I admit that to me, it just feels like jewelry I might source alongside a sweat band and leotard to build an '80s costume. Then again, I'm a millennial and a mom and absolutely dropping my jaw repeatedly at the styles from my childhood that are making a comeback among Gen Z today, so maybe there's something appealing to a younger audience here that I'm missing.
When I put them on, they did grow on me. Unfortunately this dark navy color disappears against my hair, but with my hair pulled up they're more visible. Looking at these photos of myself now they remind me of a pair of black bone hoops that I bought at the Culture Shop back in college, and wore them for a week only to realize they were the first step to gauging one's ears. I committed to them until I couldn't anymore—I wasn't really prepared nor game for the rawness and headaches that would come. This is the pain-free version! The nostalgia might just inspire me to hang onto them!
The bangle, however, just isn't my style. On top of that, I'm in a time of life when bracelets seem to really get in the way of mothering young children/babies. There are some teenagers in my neighborhood I might offer it to.
Though I'm drawn to INK+ALLOY for their colorful, beaded jewelry, I get that most subscribers will enjoy the variety introduced by some resin hoop earrings. The bonus bracelet was a fun surprise! While this set isn't my style, I found an appreciation for the hoops. I look forward to seeing how I might continue to incorporate them into looks this month, and I also look forward to a hopeful return to beads next month.
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $20 per month + free shipping.
Value Breakdown: The INK+ALLOY Insider subscription costs $20 per month + free shipping. For July I was sent a pair of resin earrings and a resin bracelet, valued at $25 each or $50 total. This is the highest value I've seen in an INK+ALLOY box yet!
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Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, but you might receive a different colorway. INK+ALLOY functions on a rolling subscription model, so your order will ship 1-2 business days after you've placed your it and then recur on that same day each month.
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