Last month I posted my first impression of the RocksBox subscription box (you can find that post here), with a little bit of info on the service and pictures of what I received. Since I sent back my box ahead of time, I got another box in the mail, so I thought I’d write up a quick unboxing post for this one as well to kind of expand on my original post.
The quick details on RocksBox: it’s a monthly subscription service that lets you “rent” trendy jewelry pieces and buy those you love most at a discount. Signing up is simple: head over to the RocksBox website and fill out a style profile detailing things like your jewelry style, the pieces you prefer (earrings, necklaces, etc.), colors, and more. You can choose from three different plans that range from month to month ($19/month) or prepaid in six- or twelve-month sets ($17 and $15 per month, respectively). Each month you receive three pieces of jewelry that are yours to wear as much as you like for up to sixty days; when you’re ready for a new box you just return your pieces in the pre-paid envelope included in your order. If you like a piece you can purchase it at 20% off the retail price. There are no preview or skip windows in this subscription.
It’s at this point that I have to say that the RocksBox website is not the most user-friendly subbie site I’ve encountered. It’s hard to find FAQs, cancellation info, etc. Thus, I wasn’t entirely clear on the timetable for sending out new boxes: if you send back your box early–how quickly do you get a new one (like a bonus) for that month? Apparently pretty darn quickly, because shortly after I returned my box I got an e-mail saying that a new box was en route. I will give them bonus points for being speedy!
I got three pieces in this box: a pair of earrings, a ring, and a bracelet. The pieces all coordinate surprisingly well, with tones of gold and black.
The Aura earrings from Edge of Ember (retail $75, member price $60) are just a flat fail for me. I don’t like them. Like the earrings I received last month, they look and feel cheap, and the design just isn’t “me”.
The Karatasi ring from Made (retail $30, member price $24) is cool enough, and it’s actually from a fair trade company providing sustainable employment in Africa, which I love. But again, it just isn’t “me”.
I started drooling when I saw the bag embossed with the logo for House of Harlow 1960. This is one of those super-trendy lines you constantly see referenced in magazines, and I was not disappointed when I pulled out this Sunburst bangle (retail $75, member price $60). It’s heavy and you can tell that it’s well-made. I was actually seriously considering splurging on this…until I played with it a little more and realized that the inlay is made of leather. I double-checked online in hopes it might be faux, but no go. What a bummer, because it’s an insanely lovely piece (and more so in person than in photos).
Also, while searching for the bracelet online to verify the materials, I found it listed on Piperlime for $68 + free shipping…so even as a non-member I could buy this for less than the listed “retail price” from the RocksBox website. That got me digging, and I turned up the ring for $25.31 at ASOS and the earrings on clearance at Bluefly for $22.97. Hmmmmmm…kind of suspicious there, RocksBox.
So overall–still not impressed enough to plunk down the cash for the subscription, and finding out the prices aren’t accurate (to put it nicely) just makes me miffy. I went ahead and canceled the subscription instead of paying for another month. It was fun to try, but definitely not worth my hard-earned cash!