Whew, September is officially here and we’re actually experiencing a very slight decline in temperature here in Houston! I practically have my boots ready and lined up at the door in anticipation for Fall and cooler days. Anyways, today I’m reviewing a new-to-me jewelry subscription service that was kind enough to send me their Fall box (it’s like they knew how excited I am for the change in season!) for review.
Gem La La is a jewelry subscription service that ships on a quarterly schedule. Each shipment contains 5-6 pieces of jewelry and accessories plus a reusable tote bag, totaling a $200 value. Gem La La has a sister site: t+j Designs, and all of the pieces in each box are either available on the t+j site or very similar in style and quality. The cost of a single shipment is $42.99, and the price goes down if you commit to a longer subscription (2 for $76.99, 3 for $102.99, and a whole year for $119.99).
First look! All the items come individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, and the tote bag is folded up and tucked at the bottom. If you’re planning to gift any of the jewelry pieces, this is convenient since each item is already pre-packaged separately. The information card didn’t include any of the items, but you can find most of them and other similar pieces on the t+j website.
Bejeweled Necklace | $52.00 (??)
The first item I pulled out of the box is this necklace. Initially I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I tried it on and it looks surprisingly good! Usually I’m all about dainty minimal jewelry, so it’s nice to get some more statement pieces in my collection. Now I just need to find an excuse to wear it! I couldn’t find this exact piece on the t+j site, but similar necklaces are around this price point.
Close up shot. I think the colors are just perfect for Fall! I actually like this piece the more I look at it. It’s definitely something that can be dressed up or down.
Gold Chain Faux Leather Black Bracelet | $26.00 (on sale for $10.00)
I never know if I should calculate the value of a sale item based on the new sale price or the original price. This bracelet is 8.5″ long and has a double snap closure. It’s much edgier than my comfort zone, but I saw some pictures of how to style similar bracelets and think I can pull it off! I have a ton of black in my wardrobe and lots of black leather bags, so I’m pretty confident that I can pull a cute Fall outfit together to incorporate this bracelet into.
Out of all the color options available for this piece, I’m glad I received black. The leather band is much more comfortable than a bangle or traditional bracelet.
Pave Flat Link Gold Bracelet | $48.00 (on sale for $16.00)
This bracelet is super glam and super flashy, and it looks really pretty on my wrist. The piece feels kind of heavy but the foldover clasp is sturdy enough to keep it very secure. It fit my wrist perfectly at 7″ long, but I don’t have particularly large wrists or anything, so I imagine it could be a snug fit for some people.
I can totally see myself wearing this for a night out! I love how sparkly and bold it is.
Gold Star Studs | $18.00
Again, I couldn’t find this exact pair of studs on the website but a similar pair of gold cross studs is on sale for $10.00. This is probably the piece of jewelry that is most similar to my current style. I can never have too many small stud earrings, so this was a good staple to add to my stud collection.
Triple Pearl Crystal Bar Earrings | $34.00
Very pretty! I have a few weddings coming up in the next few months that I can wear these to. The size is about the same as the diameter of a nickel, which is just right for me. Pearls and sparkles are such a timeless combination, I’m sure I’ll find a ton of uses for these earrings!
And of course, the tote bag. I laughed when I read this; I love it!
Overall, I think it was a really nice box with a good curation for Fall weather. However, I think it kind of puts people off when they receive a subscription item that is simultaneously on sale on the regular website, since it feels like the company is using the subscription as a way of getting rid of unwanted stock. It’s probably better to stagger the sales so none of the items coincide with what is currently on clearance. Just my two cents!
The non-sale value for the box comes to $178.00, and accounting for the two items that are currently on sale, the value comes to $130.00. Both numbers fall short of the promised $200, so perhaps Gem La La should consider lowering their promised value. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting $178 or $130 worth of stuff for $42.99, it’s actually a really good deal! But I think when you promise a certain value and under deliver, customers get a bit upset.
So bottom line: if you’re looking for new styles to add to your collection and you like the current pieces on t+j, I think this is a great subscription with good value. You can get lots of fun items for a fraction of retail price. But if you’re looking for that amazing advertised $200 value, are picky about what you will receive, or only stick to a few specific styles of jewelry, this probably isn’t your cup of tea.
If you’re interested in getting this Fall box or a future shipment, you can use promo code SECRETLYH to get a free mint bracelet in your first tote!
What did you think about this box? I’d love to hear your comments!
EDIT 09/07/2015: Gem La La reached out to me with some new information. The first necklace in my post has a value of $68.00, and the tote bag is valued at $20.00. I think one jewelry item was missing from my box: the “Druzy Stone Chain Bracelet”, valued at $48.00. Taking all that into consideration, the new value for the entire box is $214.00.
You can purchase the exact same items that I received (with the missing bracelet included) here for $57.99. You can also use the SECRETLYH code to get the mint bracelet added on!