Find Of The Month: JewelMint
I honestly can’t remember who found JewelMint first, but let’s just say my sister and I were all kinds of excited to learn that they finally started shipping to Canada in the last few months. Ladies, let me introduce you to jewelery mecca. Gentlemen, let me introduce you to where you’ll be buying gifts from for the next oh, five years of your life.
Here’s the gist of the magic. JewelMint was created by style-savvy actress Kate Bosworth along with her stylist, Cher Coulter. Each month the site launches a new collection of pieces that span a variety of personal styles – from screwhead-embellished sets to delicate wood bead necklaces.
But here’s where things get ultra-cool. Not every girl is going to dig a tribal bangle, and others might have a serious dislike for chunky cocktail rings. So before you start shopping, you fill out a custom Style Profile: ten simple questions that test your gut reactions to everything from style icons and dream designers to preferred nail polish colours and perfect purses.
Once the results of your Style Profile are tabulated, you set up an account for free and presto: every month customized pieces that should match your personal style will appear in your ‘Showroom’, and also help you keep tabs on what’s running low on stock so you can snap up your faves in a flash. And if the fashion-based algorithm doesn’t quite hit your style on the head? You can tell it which pieces in your showroom are completely not your taste – and specify why – and it’ll give you some other options, plus continue building a definitive profile to suit your tastes as time goes on. Now you see where this might get dangerous, right?
Okay, and if that weren’t enough – every piece is given its own showcase. Cher or Kate weigh in the inspiration and styling ideas for every single gem, bauble, and bangle, and photos and videos let you get up close and personal with your favourites before you buy. And on that note? Quite possibly the best thing about JewelMint is the credit-based system. It costs $30 for one credit, and virtually every single piece on the site is one credit – whether it’s a set of three rings or a single spangled necklace.
To make things super easy peasy, you can actually subscribe to JewelMint. At the start of each month you’ll be presented with a new selection of items. If you’re in love, use your base monthly credit and call it a day – a special treat to kick off February, March, or beyond. If you’re not feeling anything, simply hit ‘Skip This Month’ before the 5th and your credit card will remain JewelMint free. Of course, if you’re falling all over yourself on narrowing down the selection, you CAN buy more than a single piece.
Naturally, as a gift-giving blog, I wanted to make sure you could hook people up with JewelMint as a gift. Since I’m writing this post, the obvious answer is – yes! You can buy credits for friends and family – hey guys, no brainer Valentine’s gift – and apply them to their accounts directly. Just…try to stay on top of the collection because these pretty pieces sell FAST.
Now it wouldn’t be a Find of the Month post without a little gifting – beyond introducing you to JewelMint that is. So, I’m going to give one very lucky Canadian Gift Guide reader a chance to let your fashion imagination run free. One of you will get to pick a piece of your choice from JewelMint, as long as it’s in stock when you win! All you gotta do is…
1) Leave a comment below until midnight on February 28th, 2012 and tell me what type of jewellery you (or your spouse) is most drawn to – necklaces? Rings? Bracelets? Earrings? Something else?
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 1st to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry Time: All you gotta do is fill out a Style Profile and start up an account. It’s free and doesn’t require you to put in financial information, and literally takes about five seconds. Once you’ve done that, come back here and tell me – what piece was selected as your ‘Top Pick’ in your Showroom? Or, just tell me which piece you’re most hoping to win if you’re selected as the lucky winner this month? Use the specific name of the piece please, so I know you’ve actually perused your showroom!
Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.