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.
Switch has a new website design, and it all looks beautiful and refreshed. Selecting a piece of jewelry is easy and fun.
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. The redesign of the website makes it easy to know which pieces are available. So, just like you’re shopping, you pick what you want, put them in your bag, and check out. Shipping is free both ways. Wear it as long as you like, and send it back when you’re ready for something new. I have the Black plan, which allows me to have three (!!) pieces at any one time for $69 a month.
My jewelry came in the mail in just a couple of days. Everything is all snugged 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 lunch budget?
Switch is always changing up its inventory, so there’s always something new and fun to select. This month, I went all gold-tone and got the Marni Resin Stone Bangle ($460 retail value), the Jennifer Fisher Orb Chain Necklace ($295 retail value), and the Givenchy Wave Earrings ($200 retail value).
First up was the Marni Resin Stone Bangle ($460 retail value).
This padlock-inspired bracelet is a 2 inch square of green resin set into a gold-tone boxy frame with ball-shaped hinges. One side cleverly pops out to allow you to put the bracelet on, and closes narrowly enough that the stone doesn’t swing to the underside of your wrist.
You can see the Marni logo (and some scratches from wear) on the back of the bracelet. The resin square on my bracelet was loose.
This piece was funky and different, and the dark green stone would look equally great with a black dress or distressed denim. This is a definite “statement” piece that people will remember, which is why Switch is so great–wear it a time or two and then send it back.
Next up is the Jennifer Fisher Orb Chain Necklace ($295 retail value).
This necklace is 14K gold-plated brass. It’s 16 inches long with a fun toggle clasp. The string between the beads are coated with the plate, so it all has a nice even look.
Compared to the Switch brand diamond station necklace from last month, this is much more costume-y and not nearly as elegant. I don’t think you could pull it off credibly under a suit jacket (the gold looks plated), but it would be fun layered with several other style necklaces of different media and length. This necklace would complement any skin tone and age.
Last up are the Givenchy Wave Earrings ($200 retail value).
This fun earrings are gold-tone metal with an overall length of about 1.4 inches and a width of about .8 inches. They have a push-back closure with an omega catch to keep them extra secure. You can see the Givenchy logo on the catch.
These earrings are very light to wear and don’t pull on your earlobes at all. The length is bold but the shape and gold tone keep it restrained. You could wear these to work, especially in a sales or creative field, and they would look great at the bar afterward, too. The gold tone on these is less brassy than on the necklace, so I think these look a bit less costume-y.
I enjoyed my gold-tone shipment! These were fun to wear at some events this month, and I’m excited to send them back and get something new. Overall, Switch is 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 $900 total in this shipment!), the $29-69/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!