I joined Jewelmint a while back, and have bought a few pieces since then. Reading about how everyone loves this new jewelry shopping site, I had to put in my two cents!
* Unique pieces. Most of the stuff is pretty cool and you don’t have to worry about seeing it on someone else.
* Style tips: Each piece comes with styling tips and a short video where you can actually see the piece on a model. This is incredibly helpful for seeing scale of jewelry and how it translates to real life.
* The prices. Everything is $29.95. No ambiguity. This is, in my opinion, good and bad (see below).
* Small selection. When you join, you’re asked to complete short survey that assesses your ‘style’, after which you are emailed monthly with a small curated selection of pieces to choose from. The problem is that many women aren’t really one style…I like to wear dainty jewelry, but I also love a good bold statement piece (the latter of which I cannot access because these types of jewelry don’t show up in my personal shop). To my knowledge, there is no way to be able to see everything available on jewelmint.
* The fine print. What they don’t tell you upfront is that you need to physically decline to purchase anything each month, otherwise you will be charged a $29.95 fee. This is one of the major reasons I am considering canceling my membership. There is no cost to them for you to be a member…I’m sure some computer algorithm is what matches you up with a ‘curated selection’ each month…so why they would charge you a $29.95 fee for failing to click the option that you are not interested in buying anything…this is beyond me. At the very least, this fact should be bolded and highlighted from the beginning, rather than hidden in their fine print.
* The quality. The two pieces that I bought were the Forever Yours bracelet and the Rachel earrings. Both are lovely pieces. The bracelet is a mix of metals, and the earrings feature a purple stone surrounded by gold. I wore my bracelet every day for a few weeks because it went with everything. But then, the metal began to oxidize, and now the colors just look really dark and dirty! Now, $29.95 isn’t much, but it’s not exactly small beans for one single jewelry piece. My understanding was that Jewelmint carried higher quality pieces (not fine jewelry, but not crap). Not even my F21 cheapo jewelry oxidizes this way! I haven’t yet experienced the oxidizing with the Rachel earrings, but I’m sure they will meet the same fate.
* The frills. Ok at first, I loved the presentation of the packaging. Each piece comes in a velvet pouch, housed in a flip-top box with a magnetic closure, finished off with a ribbon. Each box has a small description of piece you bought. It all looks fabulous. But then, I got to thinking…for my 2 pieces of small jewelry, was it really necessary to send in 2 separate boxes? Is this where part of the $29.95 goes (since I’m sure the actual jewelry cost much less, especially considering the questionable quality)? I can’t be sure, but it just seems really wasteful.
I suspect others are feeling the way I am, because I’ve noticed an increasing amount of promotions and codes that Jewelmint is giving. Still, nearly $30 per piece adds up, and I’m just not convinced that it is worth it. Perhaps some pieces are better quality than others, but sadly, I doubt I will stick with it to find out.