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Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Review

I tried Rocksbox's subscription box to see if the rental jewelry brings the bling

A pink box from Rocksbox with gold jewelry next to it Credit: Reviewed / Hannah Southwick

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  1. Rocksbox

    Pros

    • Ships quickly

    • Lots of designer options

    • Discounts if you buy pieces

    Cons

    • Survey not very accurate

When it comes to subscription boxes, countless brands are, well, thinking outside of the box these days, with services ranging from curated clothing to dog treats. There’s nothing quite like finding a personalized package 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 subscriptions I’ve tried, I’ll never stop subscribing to the notion that a good mail day is a major mood booster.

So when I heard about Rocksbox, a jewelry rental subscription service—think Rent the Runway for necklaces, earrings, rings, and so on—I reached out to the brand to try a three-month subscription. I tried one set a month to see if rocking Rocksbox pieces is worth the $21-a-month subscription fee.

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What is Rocksbox?

Credit: Reviewed / Hannah Southwick

Rocksbox jewelry comes packaged in individual bags.

Rocksbox is a jewelry rental subscription program. For $21 a month—following the first month, which is free—you receive three pieces of jewelry on loan at a time. Once you’re done wearing the jewelry from your set, you can either purchase it or mail it back using a prepaid shipping label. If you choose to buy the bling, you can use your $21 membership credit to score styles from your box at a discount.

Unlike many subscriptions which are limited to once a month, Rocksbox allows subscribers to switch out the sets of three and be sent 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 like as long as you continue paying the monthly subscription—though you have to return all the pieces at once or buy the ones you want to keep before getting a new set.

When you sign up for Rocksbox, you fill out a survey about what styles you prefer and what trends you’d be open to trying. From there, Rocksbox’s stylists pair you with a set. Don’t despair if you’re not satisfied with their selections though, as you can also manually build your first set by selecting each item before it ships. To further clue Rocksbox into your style preferences, you can build a “wishlist” of pieces that catch your eye. The jewelry on the Rocksbox website ranges from trendy “ear party” earrings to demi-fine sterling silver and 18K gold-plated pieces. In addition to Rocksbox-exclusive brands, the site offers pieces from designers like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, and Lele Sadoughi.

What I like about Rocksbox

Credit: Reviewed / Hannah Southwick

Rocksbox helped me discover styles I might not otherwise try.

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 allows you to have full control over what you’re getting. Because you can switch your set out at any time, there’s no need to worry about paying to wear pieces you don’t like from the get-go.

It ships quickly

As soon as your return is on its way back, Rocksbox starts getting your next box ready for shipment. While it took a little longer to get my first box, the second and third boxes took only a couple of days to arrive. Returning boxes using the prepaid return label is similarly seamless—just make sure you open the package carefully so that you can send it back intact. Additionally, if you don’t want to get a set for a month or more, you can pause your subscription for one, three, or six months (after returning your current set) 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 while I’m heading out of the house. While subscribing to Rocksbox, I switched up my style much more often and put more thought into my accessories. If you have any events coming up, it’s also a great way to try a more bold trend—hello, statement necklaces—without paying full price for a piece you won’t wear often.

The pieces don’t look like rentals

While all of the jewelry I tried was a rental, it never looked like a rental. Each piece I received looked brand-new, with no scratches or tarnishing in sight. Rocksbox packages the pieces in plenty of bubble wrap and a soft case that could double as a jewelry cleaning cloth, ensuring that they stay safe during transit.

You can cancel online

While some subscriptions force you to call or email, Rocksbox allows you to cancel your subscription online if you'd prefer. Although there are several screens to click through before things are official, the online cancellation process is relatively easy. In order for cancellation to take full effect, however, you must return your last set before the next billing date.

What I don’t like about Rocksbox

Credit: Reviewed / Hannah Southwick

The value of some of Rocksbox's pieces didn't match up with the price for me.

The survey results weren’t accurate

When I filled out my initial style preferences, I indicated that I tend to gravitate towards simpler styles. After I clicked submit, the pieces Rocksbox picked for me were mostly not my style and didn’t reflect what I’d chosen in the survey. Luckily, the company allows you to change out your first set before it ships, so I was able to avoid unwrapping jewelry I didn’t like. Rocksbox claims that the more you use and rate the service, the more accurate its picks will be. My later sets each got better, though I noticed most of the styles I was sent came 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.

Some of the pieces aren’t worth the price

While Rocksbox’s bountiful options are ostensibly a plus, some of the pieces didn’t look high quality to me. For example, the Hawker Stud Pack by Rudiment costs $55 to buy (or $34 with the credit of your $21 monthly subscription fee). Unfortunately, in person, they look similar to earrings I’ve purchased at Target for much less. On the other hand, the demi-fine pieces I tried—which come at no additional cost to rent—all seemed on par with the quality of other trendy jewelry brands like Merjuri. For instance, the Banter sterling silver paperclip chain necklace costs $47 to buy (or $26 when you use your membership discount).

Is Rocksbox worth it?

Credit: Reviewed / Hannah Southwick

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

Yes, if you love accessorizing

With unlimited swaps for $21 a month, you could accessorize countless outfits with Rocksbox jewelry. Although I didn’t love every piece I tried, I like that Rocksbox lets you switch out the styles you don’t like and offers plenty of options to choose from. If you go to a lot of events (or Zoom calls) or just want to switch up your bling on the regular, Rocksbox is a reasonable investment.

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  1. Rocksbox

    Pros

    • Ships quickly

    • Lots of designer options

    • Discounts if you buy pieces

    Cons

    • Survey not very accurate

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