Angelina Jolie wears it, Cameron Diaz shows it and Kylie Jenner likes to have several of them: We are talking about the iconic Cartier Love bracelet – the most famous piece of jewelry in the world!
What are the secrets behind the coveted designer bracelet? How to open it, how to recognize a fake one and ten things you're guaranteed not to know about the Love bracelet, you'll find out below!
Introduced in 1969, it was the first masterpiece that Aldo Cipullo designed for the French jewelry house. The special feature: the classic jewelry consists of two halves that can only be opened and closed with the aid of the mini-screwdriver supplied. This makes the Love bracelet a proof of love that connects couples forever – there could hardly be a more beautiful symbol of passionate attachment!
Some Marketing wisdom: when the bracelet came out, Cartier gave one of the Love bracelets to 25 famous celebrity couples to underline the love message of the piece. The chosen ones included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen, as well as Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti. So the bracelet quickly became very famous!
If the typical engagement ring is too boring for you, you can swear eternal love to your better half with a Cartier Love bracelet. Particularly romantic: in the past, the man used to wear the chic screwdriver on a necklace – so only he had the key to the piece of jewelry that surrounded the wrist of his beloved. And the Cartier Love bracelet is even suitable for men
However, the cult jewelry is not only so popular because of its romantic significance, but also due to its elegance as well as its timeless and varied design.
You will receive the Cartier Love bracelet in rose gold, yellow and white gold as well as in narrow and wide shapes. The Cartier Love bracelet is also available with diamonds or gemstones, as bracelets with Love rings, and as a set-out version with an iconic bracelet. If you like it a little more sporty – you will even find models in calfskin. With this selection, everyone is guaranteed to find what they are looking for!
Have you heard? Ever since Cartier introduced it, its elegant look has remained the same. Only the oval shape has been slightly redesigned in 2017 to bring the piece of jewelry even closer to the wrist.
Legend has it that some hospitals in New York City have screwdrivers for the Cartier Love bracelet to open it in an emergency
The It-Piece can cause problems at the airport: The solid gold bracelet triggers the detectors. And what many people don't think about: without the screwdriver it cannot be removed
The round screws that adorn the bracelet are inspired by those on the Cartier Santos watch
Because of the fastening with a screwdriver, the bracelets received the title "modern love handcuffs"
Cartier is said to have previously banned buying the bracelet for itself
The jewelry initially consisted of gold-plated silver, nowadays they are made of solid gold
When the bracelet came on the market, it cost only a fraction of the current price
The bracelets originally had no serial numbers, but this changed quickly due to the many fake copies
The bracelet became so popular that Cartier could no longer keep up with orders for the handmade pieces and set up a waiting list
In 2019, Cartier has extended its range with products based on the design of the bracelet: rings, cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and watches complete the Love collection
In 2016 it was the most googled piece of jewelry in the world and because the Cartier Love bracelet is so popular, there are numerous fakes in circulation. So that you don't fall for a fake, there are a few important points to remember!
Hard to see with the naked eye: Cartier Love bracelets are made of 18-carat gold or platinum. Metal and carat numbers are stamped into the bracelet, so you should always pay attention to the stamp. In addition, each piece of jewelry is adorned with ten diamonds, only the pure gold bracelet is not set with diamonds.
Real Love bracelets are available in yellow, white, red gold and platinum. Genuine pieces are usually made of sterling silver and coated with gold to credibly imitate the gold tones of the original.
The Cartier Love bangle is available in sizes 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, which refers to the circumference of the wrist in centimeters. You will find the engraving of the respective size on the inside of the bracelet. If not, it is a fake!
Especially important is the italic Cartier signature inside the bracelet. It must be clear and clean, but may also vary depending on the year of production.
Each piece of jewelry is marked with an individual serial number. This number is never given twice! Usually it consists of three to five digits and one to three letters.
The famous bracelet costs from $1,210 in a narrow version and from $4,500 in its original width. Depending on the gold tone and the number of diamonds, the price will of course vary. If you discover a considerably cheaper model, it is an imitation!
Another feature are the screw punches: they must have clear lines and soft contours so that the screwdriver fits perfectly and can be turned easily.
Putting on or removing a Cartier Love bracelet is not easy! It requires a lot of your own skill or a partner who will rush to help. To make it easier for you, we have a short guide:
How to open it: Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws on either side
Put it on: Put the two halves around your wrist
Fix it: Hold both halves together and tighten the screws
Many dream couples in Hollywood use the Love bracelet to publicly admit that they no longer want to live without each other. The legendary lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were also big fans of Cipulo's iconic jewel.
Celebrity ladies like Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek or Eva Mendes prefer to present the bracelet on the red carpet. Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie, Pippa Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson also wear their bracelets in public. And even style icons such as Princess Diana, Olivia Palermo or Diana Ross were addicted to the jewelry classic.
But Kylie Jenner has an especially great liking for the iconic bracelets: she wears six of the famous designer pieces at once! So she adorns herself on one arm alone with jewels worth almost $40,000!
Here are some Cartier Love bracelet prices: A simple love bracelet with a pink-toned cord starts at $1,210. The price range goes up to $56,000 for the 18K white-gold version set with 216 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The widest choice is between $4,050 and $10,800: For $4,050 you can get the narrow version of the legendary bangle in yellow or red gold. The original model can be purchased for $4,500.
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