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, earrings, brooches, and rings. 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 that 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. 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 closet, 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.
The Switch-branded packaging is sleek and stylish. Don’t forget to save that black shipping envelope, though — you’ll need it to send the jewelry back.
DEAL: Get half off your first month on any plan. (There is now a waitlist for new members). Use coupon code HELLOHALF.
Switch is constantly changing up its inventory, so there’s always something new and fun to select. This month, I went a bit edgy with three fun pieces. I got the celebrated a rosé-all-day kind of summer with all-pink jewelry. I got the Christian Dior Ultradior Pearl Earrings ($690 retail value), the Yves Saint Laurent Grey Curb Chain ($385 retail value), and the Do Not Disturb Diamond Screw Tokyo Ring ($420 retail value).
First up were the Christian Dior Ultradior Pearl Earrings ($690 retail value).
I am a huge fan of the Dior Tribale earrings (of which there are several varieties at Switch!) and these looked like a cool variant on that theme. They are gold tone with two pearl beads, one about half an inch across, and the other about a quarter of an inch. The large bead slides off to allow you to loop it through your piercing hole. I admit that I wore these totally backward (because I didn’t look back at the model on the website, natch), but I really liked them that way. Having the larger bead out front gave it an edgier vibe and also didn’t pull down on my earlobe.
You can see the Dior logo on the back side of the larger bead, and also how it comes off of the post.
I LOVE these earrings, almost as much as the Tribales. The pearl bead tempers the edgy shape of these earrings, so you can (and I did!) wear them to a nice client dinner without looking like you’re about to order a shot of grain alcohol with two cigarettes on the side. I wore these many times this month and it makes me a little sad to send them back. But never fear! Every month, you get $10 toward a future purchase, so these might come back to me someday.
Next up is the Yves Saint Laurent Grey Curb Chain ($385 retail value). This gunmetal-gray curb chain is about half an inch wide and 17 inches long, so it’s not a choker (sorry, Gen Z), but rather sits on top of your collarbones. This simple chain stands out against lighter skin, but it would work well with any skin tone.
The YSL logo is a prominent part of the hook catch. This is easy to put on behind your head. I guess, Gen Z, you could hook it up higher if you wanted a curb chain choker, but that’s pushing the subversity boundary, even for me. Plus, it’s fairly heavy.
I liked this necklace’s simple lines and unusual color. It looked great with a white V-neck tshirt and jeans at a backyard party, but also worked under my blouse and a blazer at work. Another win this month.
Last is the Do Not Disturb Diamond Screw Tokyo Ring ($420 retail value). This fun ring is 14K rose gold (very of the moment!) with pave diamonds (.143 TCW) in a screw motif that rests on top of the finger. This ring is a size 6, which is just a teeny bit too big for my ring finger and a teeny bit too small for my middle finger, so I worried about it falling off. But that’s why it’s so great to use Switch–I just sent it back and got something else. No commitment.
I was really happy with these fun, edgy pieces that I was able to wear in many different settings. But I’m always excited to send it all back and pick something new! Remember, every month, I get $10 toward a future purchase. I definitely have my eye on a few things.
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 $1500 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!