Is Rocksbox jewelry rental worth $21 a month?

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When it comes to subscription boxes, countless brands are thinking outside the box these days, with services ranging from curated apparel to dog treats. There’s nothing quite like finding a personalized bundle of goodies in your mailbox, and I love using subscription services to discover new products. But while I haven’t stuck with most of the plans I’ve tried, I’ll never stop subscribing to the idea that a good mail day is a major mood booster.

So when I heard about Rockbox, a jewelry rental subscription service (think Rent the Runway for necklaces, earrings, rings, etc.), I reached out to the brand to try out a three-month subscription. I tried one set per month to see if the rocking Rocksbox tunes were worth the $21 per month subscription fee.

What is Rockbox?

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Rocksbox jewelry is packed in individual bags.

Rocksbox is a jewelry rental subscription program. For $21 per month, after the first month, which is free, you get three jewels on loan at a time. Once you’ve finished wearing the jewelry in your set, you can either purchase it or mail it back using a prepaid shipping label. If you choose to purchase the bling, you can use your $21 membership credit to mark your box styles at a discount.

Unlike many subscriptions which are limited to once a month, Rocksbox allows subscribers to change sets of three and receive a new one at any time. Similar to Netflix’s original DVD rental model, you can keep your sets for as little or as long as you want as long as you continue to pay the monthly subscription, although you must return all the pieces at once or buy the ones. that you want to keep. before buying a new set.

When you sign up for Rocksbox, you fill out a survey about the styles you like best and the trends you’d be willing to try. From there, Rocksbox stylists pair you with a set. Don’t despair if you’re unhappy with their selections, as you can also manually create your first set by selecting each item before it ships. To better understand Rocksbox in your style preferences, you can create a “wish list” of pieces that catch your eye. Jewelry on Rocksbox’s website ranges from trendy “ear party” earrings to semi-finished sterling silver and 18k gold-plated pieces. In addition to Rocksbox-exclusive brands, the site features pieces from designers like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, and Lele Sadoughi.

What I like about Rocksbox

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Rocksbox has helped me discover styles I might not have tried otherwise.

You have control over what you receive

While some subscription services leave your drawers cluttered with items you didn’t exactly want or need, Rocksbox lets you have complete control over what you get. Since you can change gear at any time, you don’t have to worry about paying to wear pieces you don’t like from the start.

It is shipped quickly

As soon as your return is on its way home, Rocksbox begins preparing your next box for shipping. Although it took a little longer to get my first box, the second and third boxes only took a few days to arrive. Returning boxes using the prepaid return label is also seamless. Just be sure to open the package carefully so that you can return it undamaged. Also, if you don’t want to get a bundle for a month or more, you can pause your subscription for one, three, or six months (after returning your current bundle), then resume when you’re ready.

It’s a great way to refresh your wardrobe

I often get stuck in a rut of grabbing the same pair of earrings as I leave the house. By subscribing to Rocksbox, I changed my style a lot more and thought more about my accessories. If you have upcoming events, it’s also a great way to try out a bolder trend — hello, statement necklaces — without paying top dollar for a piece you won’t wear often.

Rooms don’t look like rentals

While all the jewelry I’ve tried on was a rental, they never look at like a rental. Every piece I received looked brand new with no scratches or tarnish in sight. Rocksbox packs the pieces in plenty of bubble wrap and a soft case that could double as a jewelry cleaning cloth, ensuring they stay safe during transit.

You can cancel online

While some subscriptions require you to call or email, Rocksbox lets you cancel your subscription online if you prefer. Although there are several screens to click through before things are official, the online cancellation process is relatively straightforward. However, for the cancellation to take full effect, you must return your last set before the next billing date.

What I don’t like about Rocksbox

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The value of some Rocksbox coins did not match the price for me.

Survey results were not accurate

When I filled in my initial style preferences, I indicated that I tended to lean towards simpler styles. After clicking submit, the pieces Rocksbox chose for me were generally not my style and did not reflect what I chose in the survey. Fortunately, the company allows you to change your first set before it ships, so I was able to avoid unboxing jewelry I didn’t like. Rocksbox claims that the more you use and rate the service, the more accurate its choices will be. My subsequent sets have improved, although I noticed that most of the styles I received were from my wishlist. It’s kind of like when Netflix says a show is “recommended for you” that you’ve already added to your queue – technically accurate, but not a way to discover something you weren’t already aware of. fluent.

Some parts are not worth their price

While Rocksbox’s many options are apparently a plus, some parts didn’t feel high quality to me. For example, the Hawker Nail Pack by Rudiment costs $55 to purchase (or $34 with your monthly subscription credit of $21). Unfortunately, in person, they look like the earrings I bought at Target for a lot less. On the other hand, the demi-fine pieces I tried on – which cost no extra rental – all seemed to match the quality of other trendy jewelry brands like Merjuri. For example, the Banter Sterling Silver Paperclip Chain Necklace costs $47 to purchase (or $26 when you use your membership discount).

Is Rocksbox worth it?

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Rocksbox offers a wide range of jewelry for a range of personal styles.

Yes, if you like to accessorize

With unlimited trades for $21 per month, you can accessorize countless outfits with Rocksbox jewelry. Although I didn’t like all the pieces I tried, I like that Rocksbox lets you change the styles you don’t like and has lots of options to choose from. If you attend a lot of events (or Zoom calls) or just want to change up your bling regularly, Rocksbox is a reasonable investment.

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