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!
DEAL: Get half off your first month on any plan. (There is now a waitlist for new members). Use coupon code HELLOHALF.
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, and Switch is now sending you updates when your pieces arrive to you and back to them, which is nice piece of mind. Wear your jewelry 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.
April! Which is legit spring, even if it’s still snowing in the Midwest. After last month’s earring-fest, I went back to a variety of items. Switch just added a TON of new stuff, so it was hard to choose! But I persevered for you, friends. I got the Yves Saint Laurent Pom Pom Tassle Necklace ($345 retail value), the Chains and Pears Lapis Lazuli Hoop Earrings in 14K ($550 retail value), and the Pamela Love Triple Branch Cuff Bracelet ($510 retail value).
First up is the Yves Saint Laurent Pom Pom Tassle Necklace ($345 retail value).
Loyal readers are probably familiar with my bemusement about tassle necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. The only jewelry trend I understand less is the giant-curve-of-fake-bone-on-a-ribbon thing. And I’ll confess something here–I literally have to dress up like a Rennaisance character for a school event, and I knew that a long tassle necklace was going to be perfect for my costume. 😉 But, hey, why not have a designer tassle to go with my dress??
You can see the YSL logo on a teeny chain off of the tassle. This 60″ necklace is freeform–literally just a cord of gold Lurex with tassles on the end. So you can drape it however you like–looped once, twice, tied around a wrist, whatever works for you. And, as usual, it’s easy to send it right back for something new if you’re done portraying Lady Margory or whatever you have going on.
Next up are the Chains and Pearls Lapis Lazuli Hoop Earrings ($550 retail value).
I admit to having a bit of fun with the curtain-pull-of-destiny tassel necklace, but these earrings are right in my wheelhouse. I love a big hoop earring because they’re simple, elegant, but still fun and flattering. These have a great little shimmering ball of lapis lazuli that adds interest and color to a versatile piece. These earrings are about 2 inches in diameter with a continuous loop closure. The ball is maybe a third of an inch. They go with everything you own, but especially white jeans and flowy skirts for spring. I wore these a ton this month and was sad to send them back.
Last up is the Pamela Love Triple Branch Cuff ($510 retail value).
How fierce and amazing is this bracelet? I saw it and knew I had to have it. It’s a heavy silver-plated branch-motif bracelet. It’s 7″, which is pretty narrow, so check your wrist size before getting it. It is heavy and totally impractical on your arm, but I loooved it and was delighted to wear it to a cocktail party to add a little subversion to my conservative black dress. Of course, you could wear it with jeans, too. Just probably not anyplace where you need to use your hands for more than holding a drink. This is the number-one reason why I love Switch–I was so excited to wear this fun piece, but it’s not something you can pull off very often, and I could never justify spending $500 on it. I love that I can get cool stuff like this and wear it for that one event.
So a fun variety for April! I sent everything back this month (tough to let those earrings go), but if I had REALLY not been able to live without something, I could buy it right out of my closet at a reduced rate. Plus, you get $10/month toward the purchase of one of your pieces! 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 $1300 total in this shipment!), the $29-69/month is a 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!