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 got the Coline Assade Big Leaves Earrings ($310 retail value), the Do Not Disturb Zurich Necklace in Rose Gold ($320 retail value), and the Chanel Interwoven Chain Bangle ($450 retail value).
First up were the Coline Assade Big Leaves Earrings ($310 retail value).
These sterling silver earrings are about 1″ long and .8″ wide. They are in a leaf pattern, although they also kind of look like cicada shells, which is cool, too. These have a long, sort of awkward post that flexes more than I feel like it should, with a push catch to hold it in place.
Even with the push catch, this kind of hang off the earlobe. Although, I actually knew that going in this time because Switch has updated some of its listings to show a model wearing the jewelry. Very helpful!!! These are pretty and eye-catching, and add just a little flair to whatever you have on. You’ll probably be more understated with the rest of your jewelry, so these can act as a somewhat conservative highlight to your look.
I wore these to a financials meeting and a dinner party, and it worked with both. I love a piece that goes from day to night! I sent these back at the end of the month as usual, but if I had fallen in love with them, I could have purchased them at the member-discounted price and kept them! Every month, you get $10 toward a future purchase.
Next up is the Do Not Disturb Zurich Necklace in Rose Gold ($320 retail value). This sweet necklace is 14K rose gold with a teeny circle of teeny diamonds (.3″ wide with .07 TCW). The chain is adjustable from 16-18″ and is designed to sit right on your collarbones. The catch is an easy-to-do lobster.
The pictures don’t really do this beautiful piece justice. The rose color and diamond sparkle were just noticeable enough to give the piece a little flair, but the styling and the chain are very demure. This would be lovely on a tween/teen for a bat mitzvah or family event, and it would work equally well at the top of a blazer. You could also use it as a layering item with longer pieces. This is a classic piece that will work on everyone.
Last is the Chanel Interwoven Chain Bangle ($450 retail value). This interesting bracelet has a brown leather strap woven into (or, you might say, interwoven) a gold-tone chain. The bracelet is 8.25″ wide (a little bit too big for me, alas) and about .5″ wide. You can see the Chanel logo on the side.
I liked the edgy concept of this bracelet, but in person, the leather was a little dingy and the gold tone was pretty worn. It was also a little large for my wrist. But that’s the great thing about Switch–I don’t have to love it; I can just wear it out a time or two and send it back. This bracelet would look great with jeans and boots.
Getting my Switch package every month is always exciting–you never know exactly how everything will look in person, and it’s like getting a present in the mail. A present that costs a fraction of the actual value!
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 $1000 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!