Switch is a jewelry subscription that lets you rent designer jewelry starting at $29 a month. You can wear the pieces for as long as you like, or switch them out for new piece(s) whenever you want. Shipping is always free. The jewelry, which includes pieces by Hermes, Alexander McQueen, and Celine, among others, averages $500 and includes necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Jewelry is cleaned between wearers.
I have always admired fun statement jewelry on other women, but I can never bring myself to commit to a piece. Who wants to spend $500 on a piece of jewelry that you may wear only a few times before it goes out of fashion? But who wouldn’t like having an amazing new piece whenever you go out? Not being an heiress or a tech entrepreneur, and having a firm frugality-is-golden Midwestern upbringing, I figured this kind of jewelry was out of reach for me. Enter Switch, which lets you have fun without the commitment. It’s like internet dating for jewelry!
Sign-up is simple. You look through the collection and pick the pieces you like, ranking them in preferred order. Switch sends you your top-ranked piece that’s available. Wear it as long as you like, and send it back when you’re ready for something new. I have the platinum plan, which allows me to have two pieces at any one time for $39 a month. My jewelry came in the mail in just a couple of days.
Everything was all snuggled up in secure packaging. Can I just tell you how exciting it is to open tiny velvet pouches containing gorgeous jewelry that costs less than my monthly Starbucks habit?
Because I’m reviewing the subscription, I let Switch surprise me with my pieces for my first shipment, which made things extra exciting. I got a pair of Aurelie Bidermann turquoise twisted hoop earrings ($350 retail value) and a Hermes Wide Enamel Dot Bracelet ($575 retail value).
The Aurelie Bidermann earrings are from her spring/summer 2016 and are no longer available in her stores.
They are 18K gold-plated bakelite, 6cm in diameter. You can see the AB on the base of the post.
These are some seriously statement-making earrings! Obviously, you won’t be wearing these to court, but they’d be a showstopper at your girls’ night afterward. I love that the earrings are light, so they don’t weigh down your ear in spite of their size. The turquoise color is absolutely on trend for fall.
The next piece I received was the Hermes Wide Enamel Multicolor Dot Bracelet.
These enamel bracelets are so hot right now. The bracelet is 7.5″ in circumference and .63″ wide. You can see the Hermes logo on the inside of the bracelet.
I thought it was a nice touch from Switch that the blue in the bracelet coordinates with the turquoise earrings and they both have gold accents. This is a really pretty bracelet – dressy enough for wearing out, but understated enough to wear to work. It would look amazing with navy slacks, or with dark wash tailored jeans. I’m going to have a hard time giving this one back! Fortunately, I don’t have to until I’m ready.
Overall, Switch was a really fun experience. I really like the variety of pieces available. I love the idea that I can go “shopping” for new jewelry anytime I want. Given the retail prices of the pieces (over $800 total in this shipment), the $39/month is very reasonable value. With that money, I can either buy a new piece of jewelry every 1-2 years, or I can have a new piece whenever I want. For this kind of statement jewelry that may have a shelf life of your interest or that of the fashion world’s, the economics really do weigh in favor of renting. I can’t wait to get my next Switch!
Have you tried Switch? Which piece is next in your queue? Let us know in the comments below!
The Description: Switch is a jewelry subscription club that gives members unlimited access to their favorite designer brands. Keep one, two, or three pieces at a time depending on your membership plan. Add pieces from our collection to your Favorites and rank them based on which pieces you want most. We’ll send you your highest ranked pieces that are available. Enjoy your jewelry for as long as you want. Return any of the items at any time by shipping them back using our prepaid shipping label and we’ll send your next piece based on your Favorites.
The Price: $29.00 per month
The Categories: Jewelry & Accessories Subscription Boxes. Clothing Jewelry & Accessories Rental Subscription Services.
The Reviews: See all our Switch Reviews.