Have you heard of Rocksbox? Have you considered trying this jewelry rental service? I had no idea what to expect when I signed up, so in an effort to answer the questions others might have, I’m sharing my completely honest Rocksbox review.
First things first. Let’s cover the basics:
What is Rocksbox?
Rocksbox is like subscription box meets jewelry rental service. For a flat monthly fee, they’ll send you three pieces of jewelry that you can keep and wear for as long as you’d like, purchase to have forever, or return in exchange for three more pieces. You curate a wish list using your Rocksbox account, which means the stylist who chooses your pieces gets to see what kind of jewelry you’re into. In addition, each box will contain at least one piece from your wish list.
How much does it cost?
Rocksbox is $19 a month. That $19 gets you three pieces of jewelry to rent for as long as you’d like, plus you get $10 of “shine spend” every month, which is just $10 toward the purchase of any of the pieces in your box. The pieces themselves range from $25-$70 on average.
You never pay for shipping, either. The box ships to you for free, and you keep the mailer it comes in, slap on the accompanying prepaid label, and mail the whole thing back when you’re done.
Those who know me might be thinking I’m the least likely person to try a jewelry rental service. I wear jewelry in some form every day, and I enjoy growing my collection with pieces I love, but I’ve never been obsessed with having the latest and greatest designer jewelry.
I never considered signing up for the service because designer jewelry isn’t important to me and because I don’t mind wearing the same several necklaces and the same several pairs of earrings. I figured Rocksbox would be great for those who want to be able to wear “new” jewelry all the time without forking out a ton of cash to make it happen.
But then an invitation to join landed in my inbox. I began to think a little harder about signing up. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. I realized Rocksbox might not just be for women who enjoy being on the cutting edge of jewelry. It might just as much be for people like me, who don’t want to wear outdated pieces, but who also don’t have the time, the money, or the know-how to keep their collections up-to-date. So I signed up.
I got right to work adding items to my wish list. I was actually a little surprised by how excited I was for my first box to arrive. I was nervous, too; what if I hated every piece? Because of all the questions I had, and because of how hesitant I was to try it, I decided to share my experience here.
My Completely Honest Rocksbox Review
So far, I’ve received three Rocksboxes. I don’t have photos of the first because I didn’t know I’d be sharing my thoughts here. I do have photos of my next two boxes, though, so let’s jump in. Here’s everything- plus way more than- you ever wanted to know about Rocksbox:
I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. The crisp black and white box, the tidy bow; I was impressed.
When you open up the box, you’re met with a fun little quote and a personalized card explaining the pieces you received.
I usually don’t linger on those because I’m eager to get to the goodies.
My second box contained a pair of earrings and two necklaces.
Moon & Lola Olympia Necklace ($43)
This is the piece from my wish list. I really liked the length; it wasn’t long, like most of my necklaces, but it wasn’t too short, either. I didn’t consider keeping it because 1. It was too expensive and 2. It wasn’t unique enough for the price. I know I can find a gold necklace of similar length, and probably of similar style, for a little less.
Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace ($64)
My first thought when I pulled this necklace out of its little pouch was, “What was my stylist thinking?” The necklace didn’t really look like anything I’d added to my wish list, but I’d vowed to step outside my comfort zone, so I wore it. I ended up really liking it. This is the piece I most considered keeping, but in the end it was too expensive, plus I already have a black and gold necklace of similar length.
Gorjana Nesa Studs ($24)
At first, these earrings were really cute. I’m loving the triangle trend right now, so I loved them. But them I put them on. They’re tiny. Like, so small that you have to be really close to even tell they’re triangles. Otherwise, they just look like misshapen gold blobs. I didn’t consider keeping these.
My third box also has two necklaces and a pair of earrings.
Bella Boutique Ruth Cushion Station Earrings in Silver Aqua ($42)
These earrings are the item from my wish list. I love them. I love them. The color is beautiful, the size is perfect for me, and they can easily be dressed up or down. I still haven’t returned this box and I’m seriously considering keeping these. With my $10 shine spend, they’d only be $32. Happy Early Birthday to me?
Kendra Scott Oliver Necklace in Silver Platinum Drusy ($60)
I have to admit that I’m a late arrival to the drusy train. For a while, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the look. It’s recently started to grow on me, so this dainty necklace was a pretty perfect introduction to the trend. I really like its length. It doesn’t quite fall below my bust like most of my longer necklaces, so it gives me a completely different look. As much as I like it, I won’t be keeping it. The price is just higher than I’m willing to pay, plus the chain is thicker than I’d like in proportion to the size of the stone (yup, I really am that picky).
Perry Street Adrianna Necklace ($45)
Honestly, I have no idea why the stylist sent this to me. Every single item on my wish list is dainty and understated. There isn’t a single statement piece, yet this showed up in my last box. But again, in the interest of being adventurous, I wore it. Twice, actually.
I’d like to say the Rocksbox stylist successfully pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me discover my new favorite piece of jewelry, but that would be a lie. I don’t hate it, and I think it’d be fun to wear to certain events or with certain outfits, but since my accessories budget doesn’t run to I’ll keep that to wear twice a year, it’s going back.
First, let’s be real. I love getting mail. And I’m a girl, so when that mail happens to be jewelry, my day is made. I love getting my Rocksbox and opening it to see all the goodies inside, even if I don’t like them all.
Here’s why, in the long run, Rocksbox isn’t for me: I don’t buy jewelry often enough to justify the cost of the box. If I spent even $20-$30 a month on jewelry and decided to let Rocksbox replace what I would normally buy, then this would be a bargain. It would be a totally justifiable expense that I’d gladly pay.
The truth is, I just don’t spend money on accessories. I get a few necklaces and a few pairs of earrings at Christmas or for my birthday, but other than that, jewelry just isn’t something I buy. So while $19 a month isn’t much considering the quality of the pieces in each box, it’s still about $228 a year more than I currently spend on jewelry.
I’m not cancelling my subscription just yet, though. I’m still enjoying receiving the boxes, and I’m having fun learning what types of jewelry I prefer. With Christmas around the corner, I’ll probably hold onto the box until then so I can hopefully rent a couple fun pieces to wear to parties or for pictures.
Want to try Rocksbox? Use code winsteadwanderingxoxo to get your first month free.
(When you use my code, I get a little something, too.)
Have more questions? Go ahead and ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer!
Angela Tolsma says
I’ve seen this subscription around, but I don’t really wear enough jewelry to make it worth it. With the math you’ve done and the showcasing of the pieces I think I’ll prioritize a different subscription first! Thanks for being honest about it.
You’re welcome, Angela! You’ll have to let me know what you think of the other subscriptions you try.
Jenna @ A Savory Feast says
The idea of Rocksbox seems really cool, but I think for me it wouldn’t be a justifiable expense either. I tend to wear the same jewelry almost every day so I never really buy new stuff unless it’s a statement necklace to go with an outfit or something like that. But it would be SO much fun to get a box like this in the mail!
Seriously, there’s not much better than getting jewelry in your mailbox. You could always try the free month to experience the high a time or two 😉
Okay, I totally don’t wear jewelry, but I’m loving those earrings you mentioned keeping. Lol… Thanks so much for sharing your review! Have an awesome weekend!
Thanks, Cristi! They really do have a lot of beautiful pieces, and they’re all good quality.
There are sooo many subscription boxes going around these days; I’m not exactly sure when they became so popular. I started working for the post office at the end of last year, so they became popular for me then – because I delivered them all! I’ll just say…. this is a pretty unique idea though! Thanks for sharing at LEFO linkup; that’s where I found you. How awesome.
I think subscription boxes gained popularity when people began to realize online shopping is not actually as lazy as you can get 🙂 I’ve tried a couple different types of boxes, but this is one of my favorites!