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Olia Box: Monthly Jewelry Subscription

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What is it:

Today I have for you a review of my first Olia Box. For those who’ve never heard of this: it’s a monthly subscription box- think birchbox- but with jewelry instead of makeup.

I discovered monthly jewelry boxes in my Women’s Health magazine (they advertised MyntBox – a different jewelry box). Through my research, I found this lovely blog: Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. She summarizes and reviews a TON of monthly subscription boxes, including quite a few jewelry boxes. I had trouble deciding between Olia box, Mynt box, JewelMint, and Gem Box.

I ultimately decided on Olia box based on my own specific tastes and what I was seeing in youtube “unboxing” videos.

I loved the idea of a monthly jewelry box because I find I have little patience when it comes to shopping for jewelry and accessories to go with my outfits. I like “costume jewelry” because most of the time my style is relatively simple and it’s a great way to play with trends and add interest, glitz, and color to what I’m wearing. Having someone do all the hard work for you by picking out your accessories and delivering them to you home sounds like a great idea to me.

Here’s how it works:

Olia Box is a personalized jewelry box subscription. You choose which box you want ( there are 3 options with 3 different prices. I chose the $45 monthly box that includes 4-5 surprise pieces each month). You’ll then take a brief quiz (3 questions). You chose what style you prefer (dainty, bold and chunky, a mix, or surprise) – I chose mix of dainty and chunky. They’ll want to know the types of metal you typically wear, I chose gold (but silver, rose, and mixed are all options). Lastly, they’ll want to know your age range (I chose 26-30).

Here’s what you get:

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The box is delivered to your mailbox like this. I blocked out my address. The box fits within my mailbox.

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All the jewelry is packaged directly within the cardboard shipping box. There’s crinkled brown paper inside for shock absorption I assume. The jewelry is in a canvas satchel (my dangly earrings were tangled with my big necklace). There’s a small card in the box with jewelry care instructions.

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This is what came in my January Box ^^

This month has a very Egyptian, neutral, yet wintery feel

The Jewelry

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Matching necklace and earrings.

Chunky necklace: I’ll start off by saying that I would never buy this necklace for myself. I’d probably not even give it a second glance. Also, my first impression was that the metal had clearly suffered some damage during shipment as it appeared lackluster and worn. The more I looked at it, the more I realized it was meant to look like this with every middle gold piece being shiny and the rest matte. I thought the stones were nice neutral colors- this is a necklace that is clearly meant for winter/fall and should probably be worn with a plain bold colored shirt/sweater. I will actually wear this necklace. It’s a step out of my little box!

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Earrings: I’m not a fan of the matching black stone earrings. I like the idea of gold earrings with a black onyx-like stone. It’s the shape of these that reminds me of the 80’s/early 90’s and I’d be willing to bet my mother owned a similar pair! The stones are black with some grayish-whitish marbling. I wouldn’t wear these with the necklace (at the same time) but I won’t completely write them off – I may wear them at some point.

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Gold dangling earrings: When I selected 26-30 age group I hoped that it would mean I wouldn’t get things like this. I doubt I’ll ever find an occasion that I could make these work in a way that didn’t scream “I’m 21, at a club, and wearing a bodycon dress”. I”ll give these away if I can think of someone I know that would love them. Otherwise they’ll probably end up sitting in my jewelry box for a while. Does anyone have any cute ideas for these?

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Gold Bar Necklace: This necklace I love. I would actually buy this for myself and I’m surprised I already haven’t! As soon as I saw it I started thinking about layering it with other necklaces I own! The bar is solid on one side and the other (which I assume is the back) looks “stamped” – I thought it looked cute either way.

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This it for this month! I’m not super impressed with the box. I am going to give it another few months  and see what they have to offer going into spring. I’ll keep you posted.

What do you think? Have you tried any of the other monthly jewelry boxes? Do you subscribe to any other monthly boxes (make-up, food, pet, etc)?

Thanks for stopping by!

-A

17 thoughts on “Olia Box: Monthly Jewelry Subscription

  1. I bought a subscription for my daughter. Although she likes the products she received, the web based customer service is horrible. I tried to log onto the site in order to change the shipping address. I’m told my password is wrong (which I know it wasn’t). I selected the forgot password option, I’m told no such account exists (although I received a receipt at that address monthly). I email customer service and after about two days of back and forth via email, finally was able to get the shipping address changed. Still unable to get the account unlocked. So later, I decided to cancel the account. Can’t log on, so I can’t easily cancel the account. How convenient! Again, I request a change of password and am told that no account exists with that password although I had received an invoice at that email only a few hours earlier. I’ve now sent an email requesting that the account be cancelled immediately. No reply yet, but hopefully I can get out of this scam as soon as possible. I would recommend this service only to my worst enemies!

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    1. I have had the same problem! I tried logging into my account, but was told my password was incorrect (I know for a FACT that it wasn’t). I was also told I didn’t have an account despite the fact that I was receiving the subscription monthly. I have been hating the jewelry lately, so I logged into the new account I had to create so that I could cancel the subscription. However, I can not find that option anywhere! I attempted to call the number provided for customer service, but a message stating “Hello. Please state your name after the beep and Google Voice will attempt to reach…” I have sent emails asking for the subscription to be cancelled…to no avail. I was just charged again today. I am so frustrated.

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  2. Omg! Worst customer service ! They pulled money from my bank account and then a week later sent me an email stating they can’t ship my order without update card information . I emailed customer service also including a copy of my bank statement showing that they already pulled the money for my first order and another payment shouldn’t be pulled. In the midst I changed my debit card number and even after telling olia box to cancel my order they somehow got my new card information and have charged my new card a total of 3 times within a week all of which I have had to dispute with my bank which is time consuming and also having to check my account everyday to see when they charge me again. This is the WORST company I have ever dealt with and no one responds to my email and my bank is now having to report them as a fraudulent company just so they stop charging my bank account ! If that doesn’t work I have to create a whole new bank account the branch manager said . Olia box is a NIGHTMARE!!!!

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    1. If you go on to read my other Olia Box reviews you see that I had problems with their customer service too, especially when it came time to cancel (though not as bad as the time you’re having). I’m sad to hear they are still awful nearly a year later.

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