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Rocksbox Jewelry Review May 2023

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyMay 25, 2023 | 4 comments

3.5 overall rating
44 Ratings | 24 Reviews

Welcome back to my monthly Rocksbox review! Since my one pair of hoops broke, I've been looking for a replacement pair, so I decided to be a little ridiculous with 80s hoops.

I mentioned in my RTR review that I needed jewelry to go with a plunge neckline gown for a gala, and I couldn't find anything I liked anywhere (I even scrolled through Rocksbox competitors like Switch and Vivrelle) and landed on something I found on Etsy.

The items I picked for May are statement pieces that I normally wouldn't wear and definitely wouldn't buy, but the whole point of rentals is to try out new styles and designs. And well, I succeeded!

Rocksbox is a jewelry styling and rental service. Members pay a flat rate every month to get unlimited access to the Rocksbox collection and the option to buy whatever they love at a discounted price. Each month, Rocksbox will curate sets of three pieces to send your way, including at least one piece from your ever-growing wishlist. Members can keep and wear the three pieces they receive for as long as they want, or they can switch out sets whenever they'd like. Rocksbox also offers a monthly credit so you can buy the pieces for less.

Concerned about cleanliness? Each piece is sterilized with alcohol jewelry cleaner using medical grade products and handled with jewelry experts wearing gloves.

This is a review of the monthly plan for $21, which includes shipping to the US only. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Just like other subscription boxes, when I signed up for Rocksbox I had to set up a style profile that asked me questions like my metal preference, and which necklace, earring, bracelet, and ring styles I liked the most.

Let's check out this month's delivery!

What I Received

Lele Sadoughi Pinwheel Earrings - Retail Value $165, Member Price $158


About this item: I don't know if I'd say these earrings are preppy or what, but they're very unique and unlike anything I've ever worn before. These pearl pinwheel earrings take the traditional pearl and flip them upside down, and around (but they don't actually spin). Plated in 18k gold, the earrings are inspired by Peggy Gugenheim silhouettes (yes, the Guggenheim Museum), they feature faux pearl buttons set upon a whimsical pinwheel design.

They measure at 1 1/4 in diameter.

Condition: Like new.

Review: They're heavy and whenever I'd lean down, they'd twist and almost flip over on my earlobes. It was difficult to get them to stay in place and because they're so wide, they covered up my second hole. Would I buy them? Never.

Lele Sadoughi Lily Mother of Pearl Earrings - Retail Price $168, Member Price $161


About this item: I've rented Lele Sadoughi Lily Crystal Earrings in the past, but this pair is smaller and they're pearly. They're crafted in mother of pearl acetate with a Czech pave crystal center and a surgical steel post. They measure at 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 and they're pretty lightweight on too.

Condition: Like new.

Review: From a rental perspective, it's a great statement pair. They're awesome for the summer and surprisingly enough, pretty light too. For some reason I had a hard time attaching the backing. Now, would I buy them? No way. 

LuvAJ XL Pyramid Stud Hoops - Retail Value $115, Member Price $110


About this item: Ok, maybe I'm a little tacky, but these earrings took me back to my teen days of working at Claire's Boutique where I was an ear-piercing specialist. Gosh, there must be so many adults walking around with uneven holes today—and when I was bored, I'd pierce my own ears too.

Anyway, the pyramid stud hoops are high polish, 18k gold-plated, open-back hoop earrings featuring raised pyramid shapes with clear crystal centers. They measure at 1 3/4" and they're on the heavier side.

Condition: Like new.

Review: They're so much fun... takes me back to the good old days of the 80s and Salt-N-Pepa! I really wanted to purchase these earrings, but the price is way too high. Then I went down a rabbit hole (no offense Mr. HGL) on Google to find them for less, but no luck. Aside from the price, they're quite heavy and my hair kept getting stuck in the open part.

The Verdict

All three items are lovely in their own way and theses earrings are perfect for weddings, vacation, or a trip to your local vineyard! If the Luv AJ hoops were cheaper with all the discounts, I would've purchased them, but I can't see myself spending more than $40. I might continue my hunt on Etsy since I tend to have good luck there.

In a perfect world, I'd find a pair of real diamond hoops at an estate sale for less than $200, but I'd have better luck finding Taylor Swift tickets.

Value Breakdown: Rocksbox membership costs $21 per month. At retail, the three pieces would cost me $448. With my Rocksbox discounts and the member pricing including the buy-all-three-items $10 discount, the $10 Forever Credit, the $21 of Shine Credit (the membership fee for the month, which goes towards your purchases), and my Rose Gold Rewards discount of $12.25, the total price for all three items goes down to $375.75.

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every box is different and packed based on the customer's tastes and what's available at the time. You can, however, help guide the Rocksbox stylists and add your favorite pieces to your wishlist!

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Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky

If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery. 

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You should keep the long mother of pearl earrings they looked fabulous on you. I have never looked at your posting before but just happened to do so today. I love jewelry and I am a gemologist and a makeup artist. Your makeup is so perfect. May I ask what it the brand and color of lipstick that you are wearing? Have you tried the website Everything But The House. I love their stuff and have found a lot of designer pieces of jewelry on the website. I have even been to their warehouse in Cincinnati to pick up some furniture that I got there. They have beautiful purses and clothing as well. It is an auction site but really easy to use. Thank you

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Mary Zubritsky

No, but thank you so much for the info! I will absolutely check it out…. this could be dangerous. 🙂 One of my closest friends is regional director for Lancome, and she’s been giving tips and supplying me with makeup for about six months. I’m 45, but I always thought of Lancome as an old lady brand, but now I’m a believer. The eye shadows, blushes, lip liners, and now the foundation (I replaced my Fenty).

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Yay! Thank you for adding Rocks Box to your review rotation. I love the mother of pearl lily earrings. I like those hoops, but all of the prices were too high. I’m sure you’ll find the right pair soon.

Mary, you have brought up shopping for accessories on Etsy often. I noticed that some of my coworkers in their late twenties and early thirties like to even buy clothes, not previously owned or vintage clothes, on Etsy. I am from Generation X and am a 15-20 years older than these coworkers and buying clothes on Etsy would never occur to me. I wonder if buying fashion on Etsy is more popular with your generation? Is this something your friends do too? It’s interesting how shopping has evolved over the years and buying from purveyors of small batch hand-made clothing and accessories may be a newer model of shopping that young people have accepted. What do you think?

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Mary Zubritsky

You’re sweet! I’m Gen X too (they also call us Xenialls). I have no idea how I discovered Etsy, but they’ve got a lot of unique pieces. If I’m looking for a personalized glass or a hand-engraved cutting board, I’ll go to Etsy. But I’ve also discovered very cool, small businesses who are just getting started on Etsy. You don’t pay overheard and retail price because most times you’re buying directly from the designer. Plus, once something is mass produced, the quality slips a bit. I don’t think my friends use Etsy, but it is on my shopping app rotation and one I swear by.

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