We rent cars, tools, technology, tuxedos and holiday houses. So why wouldn’t we rent luxe gowns and fine jewelry for those days we want to be our best and brightest?
Blame our desires on the red carpet, designer-filled runways, busy social schedules and brides with a specific vision of their wedding day. Hollywood has always had an intimate relationship with the world’s finest jewelers and we’ve grown accustomed to watching stars parade borrowed Bulgari, Chopard, and Harry Winston at award nights, movie openings and music events. Endless images of international fashion weeks pass before our eyes and for some, fresh looks and deep closets are de rigueur to meet the demands of a busy private and professional life.
So when companies came along who catered to that need/want with luxury jewels, watches and statement jewelry, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Suddenly, by renting for a fraction of the purchase price, we didn’t have to settle for knock-offs; our red carpet aspirations could meet our real-life expectations.
Here is a brief summary of the key players:
If it ticks, sparkles or shines rent it
Specialty: weddings; formal, informal & men’s jewelry; formal and luxury sport watches for men and women
Brands: More than 50 brands available including Harry Winston, Philippe Patek, Cartier and Bulgari
Membership & Key Benefits: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Corporate; rental charges applied to purchase; 15% discount off published rental rates; 20% off purchases; try before you buy
Stores: Founded by 5th generation jewelers/owners of King Jewellers in Miami
Rental Period: a week to a month
By giving people access to remarkable luxury experiences, we’re changing the meaning of ownership — and revolutionizing retail in the process.
Specialty: Bridal accessories, statement jewelry
Brands: Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Dannijo and more
Membership & Key Benefits: ‘Unlimited rental @$139/month; ‘Pro’ membership @$29.95/month includes free shipping & insurance
Rental Period: Flexible
And finally, reading the fine print: Every contract has fine print and rental jewelry is no exception. Take the time to read it carefully to avoid potential misunderstandings.
With rental sign-up, before checking the box to submit an application, each company will present their terms and conditions. These describe the terms of membership approval, deposits, credit checks, security and late fees, insurance, shipping & handling, damages and substitutions. Shipping is restricted to the United States.