Admiring actresses draped in luxury bling at the Oscar’s kind of obscures the fact that much of the jewelry on display is on loan.
If you want to do the same without breaking the bank, help is at hand. Bentley Skinner based in London’s Bond Street offer to loan pieces from their extensive jewlry collection for just one per cent of the purchase price per day.
That effectively means that for one night only, a £30,000 ($60,000) Victorian diamond necklace could be yours for £295 ($600). I imagine the item turns into a pumpkin if you don’t return it before midnight!
Bentley and Skinner say the service is popular “with brides who often hire tiara’s for their special day”. Alternatively, if you are a bona fide a-lister, Bentley and Skinner can accessorise you for events like the Oscars, BAFTAs or Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball.
The only catch and it’s a big one, is that Bentley and Skinner require that the whole cost of the item is paid for on the day of hire – with it returned, minus hire fee when the jewels are safely returned to their vault. So not so much a pumpkin, more of a hole in your bank balance…
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