Switch is a jewelry rental service that lets you try out designer jewelry without the commitment. You pick your favorite pieces and try them out for as long as you want with a relatively small monthly fee. Switch also offers the option to purchase jewelry pieces at a discounted member price. For every month that you’re a member, you get a $10 credit that you can use towards the purchase of a piece of jewelry at the special member price.
This is a review of the $69 Black Membership that includes 3 pieces a month.
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Starting 7/31/2020, Switch announced all orders will be shipped via FedEx Express 2-Day. All orders will be delivered within 2 business days, guaranteed! Each package comes with a prepaid FedEx return label, so you can leave your return at a FedEx drop box or with a FedEx courier if you’re the nervous type. Shipping is free both ways, and they just ask that you package your items just as they were received to return them. It’s important to save the mailer and packaging for your return.
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About this Designer Jewelry Rental Service
The Subscription Box: Switch
The Cost: Plans start at $29/month for one piece ($49/month for 2 pieces at a time and $69/month for 3 pieces at a time). Shipping is free with unlimited exchanges.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 50% off your first month
The Products: Designer jewelry with an average retail price of $500.
Good to Know: There will be a temporary authorization hold placed on your account when you sign up. Per Switch:
We run a temporary hold of $300 to $500 on every new member's billing method as soon as they sign up. We release the hold immediately afterwards, and the funds should become available again in your account within 24 hours (although it might vary depending on your bank).
Rest assured that this is not a charge. It is simply a hold to make sure that you have funds in your account if we need to charge you for loss or damage.
Ships to: The U.S. only
Switch Subscription Box August 2020 Review
Everything arrived in a super slick and very high-end looking black box. Inside, there were multiple info cards explaining all the deets about this subscription. All of these cards are really informative and helpful in explaining all the facets of this service. They cover care tips, return instructions, and even a guide if you fall head over heels in love with a piece, which... does... happen.
This is the first delivery I have received with the new cloth shipping bag. It arrived with a clear zip-tie to make sure no one tampered with it.
The return kit includes a shipping label, instructions, and another zip-tie to make sure it get back in perfect condition.
Let's see what I picked this month!
Nadine Aysoy Celestine Ruby Disc Ring, Size 8 – Retail Value $705.00, Member Price $545.00
Although I wear fun rings a little less these days (I focus more on earrings and necklaces since they show off better over Zoom!) I couldn't resist this cheery ruby disc. It has a lot of things I love in jewelry, enamel, symmetry, and the gombo of gold and red rubies. This ring was bigger than I imagined bu the way the shank is designed gives it a lot of balance and support. Hey, sometimes you were jewelry just for yourself, and seeing this beauty twinkle on my finger all day long while typing up reviews made the pick this month totally worth it.
I love this design. It feels like wearing a fine art sculpture.
DEMARSON Bianca Hoop Earrings (Tiger Glass/Grey Agate) – Retail Value $375.00, Member Price $370.00
The fact that these earrings could be swapped from ear to ear for two different looks was endlessly appealing to me. One side is a cloudy grey agate and the reverse is a clear glass with golden brown flecks. My ears sit rather close to my skull and depending on which ear I wear each earring in, I can get two different looks from this pair. These feel really high quality and a little bit heavy, though nothing that would ever keep me from wearing them! I also really liked the thick golden stripe between the two sides.
This shows off the stripes and glass side...
And here is the beautiful stormy grey agate.
Rebecca de Ravenel Mother of Pearl Flower Earrings Gold – Retail Value $545.00, Member Price $505.00
Ok, I knew these would be large, but I seriously had no clue how large! Happily, these afford quite a dramatic look with very little weight on the ears. I also wasn't aware these were clips but they stayed in place on my ears with no trouble. The petals are a carved mother of pearl and the centers feature a golden threaded spiral. These are so big and bold I really just love them. They would look killer with a chic black turtleneck and a top knot.
The petals reflected so much light!
The Verdict: My Switch pieces for August were all somehow sculptural and very artsy. I am way into each of them and I am not looking forward to sending them back. I think those giant flowers by far made the largest impression on me, but the ruby ring and agate hoops were both also pretty unforgettable.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Pieces can get snatched up quickly, and the number of pieces they have per style varies. You may or may not see these pieces in their available inventory list – but you might just see something you like even more! This isn’t a “styled” subscription, meaning you can pick exactly what you want from the available list – it’s not selected for you based on an algorithm or your preferences.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 50% off your first month
Value Breakdown: In this shipment, I tried out $1625.00 of jewelry for $69 – which is less than 5% of their retail value and a great deal if it works for your budget and needs. It’s pricier than Rocksbox (which offers mid-range designer jewelry) but less than Rent the Runway (which offers designer jewelry, accessories, and clothes, too).
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