Glitzbox is basically Rent the Runway for jewellery, but you get to keep the pieces for a month. You fill out a thorough questionnaire, mentioning any allergies, the style of jewellery you like (for example, I have a nickel allergy, and hate wearing bracelets). You then receive three pieces, each worth from £40-£150. Wear them for a month, then post them back free of charge.
This subscription box split opinion on my team. I'm someone who likes to spend a little more on jewellery, and I only buy one thing a year (the last thing I bought were these earrings). But Tolani likes to buy little and often, and changes her look day-to-day – and she thought it was too expensive. For now, the box starts at £39 a month. If you want to buy something, each box comes with a £30 voucher to put towards the cost of the pieces, but there are plans to change the pricing.
I wanted to find out more, so I emailed Glitzbox asking for a press sample and some follow-up queries. Do you have to subscribe month on month? "We can pause or cancel memberships anytime users want," they said. "So you could wear the first pieces for 1 month then ask to pause for a couple of months before receiving your next box." They also added that pieces are also sterilised between users, using the same process a vintage or antique seller would use.
I'm not looking to buy new jewellery at the moment, but it's a great way to find new designers and styles, as well as trying out things you're not sure about. The pieces I received were right up my street, and I enjoyed wearing them for the month before sending them back. I was going to buy one of the pieces I got sent, but it was too far from payday. Would I subscribe again? Maybe once a year – when I'm looking for a new recc.