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!

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