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!
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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?
Fun stuff from my wish list this month! I got the Eddie Borgo Small Pyramid Station Necklace in Gunmetal ($300 retail value) and the Etro Crystal Sculpted Earrings ($495 retail value; we found prices at $145 online).
This necklace is really pretty in person – the material is shiny and dark at the same time, and the “stud” look is subtle unless you’re right on top of the necklace.
The bracelet is gunmetal-plated brass with a hinge clasp closure that is easy to do behind your neck. The necklace is 16″ long and 1/4″ wide. You can see the Eddie Borgo logo on the clasp.
This necklace is awesome! I love that it is a little hard-edged yet still quite elegant, almost looking like a herringbone from a distance. The dark color of the necklace would be striking for almost all skin tones. The 16″ length is one of my favorites for work because I can wear it under my blouse and it doesn’t get in the way. You can absolutely wear this with a suit, and it would look great with a low-cut tank on the weekend, too. I’m going to have a hard time returning this one!
The next piece I received was the Etro Crystal Sculpted Earrings.
These are STATEMENT earrings, as if you couldn’t tell. They are gold-plated metal with a chain and a garnet-colored crystal at the top. The crystal is about 1/4″ wide and the base is about 1″ wide. The drop is about 2″. They have a clutch back.
These earrings are super fun. They are quite light and don’t drag down your earlobes much, though you can definitely feel them swinging. Obviously, you’re not going to wear these to the courtroom, but they are fun for an evening out. The red color of the crystal really pops. This would look amazing with a black tank and skinny jeans, or a black cocktail dress. The great thing about getting these earrings from Switch is that you probably aren’t going to wear something this STATEMENT more than a couple of times. It’s way better to pay $39 for their use than to drop $500 on them and wear them twice.
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 (stated to be over $700 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!