I recently had the opportunity to review a a new offering from Cate & Chloe. Are you familiar with this online jewelry boutique? They strive to provide affordable jewelry for everyday wear that is also really high quality. They recently launched a VIP membership program and asked if I would try it out and share it with you.
How It Works
My understanding is that for $39.99 a month you will receive 2 pieces of jewelry from Cate & Chloe that are hand-picked by their stylists for you, and that will have a combined retail value of around $200. If you wear a lot of jewelry, then I think this really is an affordable way to get some fun surprises in the mail, and maybe try some things you might have passed over if you saw them in the store without ever trying on. Since the jewelry gets delivered to your door, there’s no harm in trying it out, and you just may find that you love it!
While I haven’t personally be in contact with their customer service, I hear RAVE reviews about them, including their willingness to exchange a piece of jewelry if there is a problem.
My Experience with a Membership
I’m not sure if I was only supposed to receive 1 piece of jewelry as a reviewer, or if there was genuinely a mistake, but regardless, I only received 1 item in my package. I was sent the Olivia “Dignity” stud earrings. And at first blush, I didn’t care for them. They are too big to pass for real (I’d prefer to wear studs that someone might assume are genuine!). But I have worn them several times now, and I will say that they truly have grown on me. The detailing on them is very nice, and they are holding up beautifully. I can tell that they are quality pieces and not simply cheap costume jewelry.
Now with that said, I definitely don’t understand how the retail value of $125 that was quoted in my package came to be. Are they sterling silver, for example? No information was provided, and for me to believe that these are worth $125, I simply need more info.
No Style Profile?
I also think that just as people have very different tastes when it comes to clothing, the same is true for jewelry. I wish I had been able to fill out a style profile of some sort so that the stylists could have a better chance of sending me pieces that will work for me and my wardrobe. I personally think you are taking a bit of a risk to have them send you jewelry without knowing anything about your style.
With that said, having looked around the Cate & Chloe website, they do seem to have quite a large collection of truly beautiful jewelry. So it might be the case that it will be hard not to love anything they send you. But as for me, having just received 1 piece of jewelry with a retail price I couldn’t swallow, I wasn’t swayed to sign up for another month. But if you wear jewelry quite a bit, I think it’s worth the $40 risk to try it for a month and see if you are pleased with what you get.
If you are interested in giving it a shot, I’ve got a coupon for you to take 20% off. That would make it just $32 to get 2 pieces of jewelry…a very good deal, I think! Use code STUFFPARENTSNEED20 at checkout, and you should be all set!
Let me know if you decide to try Cate & Chloe and if so, what you get! While it doesn’t seem to be the right fit for me, personally, I can definitely see where this is a subscription service of value to folks who wear jewelry a lot and like to stay on trend, and also have pieces that look more high-end.