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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Cartier’s Love Bracelet

August 1, 2019 - Jewelry Articles
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Of all the Cartier creations, no piece has been more celebrated than the Love bracelet. For 50 years, the Love bracelet has been the must-have accessory for celebrities and fashionistas alike. As lovers of this iconic collection, we have gathered a list of 8 things you didn’t know about Cartier’s Love bracelet. From its novel design, unique inspiration and romantic history, keep reading for our favorite Cartier Love bracelet facts.

8 things you didn’t know about Cartier’s Love bracelet

  1. Designed by Aldo Cipullo
  2. Inspired by chastity belts
  3. Redefined luxury jewellery
  4. Once exclusively for couples
  5. Extremely counterfeited
  6. Celebrity endorsed
  7. Today’s Love collection
  8. Resale value

 

1. Designed by Aldo Cipullo

Italian jewellery designer, Aldo Cipullo, created the Love bracelet in 1969, within a year of joining Cartier. Cipullo’s revolutionary design consisted of an oval bracelet split into two “C” shaped halves and secured together with two screws. A screw head motif decorates the bracelet, with two functional screws that require a screwdriver to close the bracelet. With its oval shape, the bracelet always rests closely to the wearer’s pulse point. By merging high fashion with modern and industrial trends, the Love bracelet was met with immediate success.

 

2. Inspired by chastity belts

What is likely the most shocking fact on our list of the 8 things you didn’t know about Cartier’s Love bracelet, is the bracelet’s inspiration. Cipullo was inspired by chastity belts when creating the Love bracelet. Cipullo stated, “What modern people want are love symbols that look semi-permanent – or, at least, require a trick to remove. After all, love symbols should suggest an everlasting quality.”

Things You Didn't Know About Cartier's Love Bracelet

Certainly, there is no other jewellery that is as physically binding as the Love bracelet.

 

3. Redefined luxury jewellery

Aldo Cipullo was a visionary when he created the Love bracelet as it changed the way people interact with jewellery. At the time of the Love bracelet’s release, luxury jewellery was exclusively reserved for evening wear and special occasions. Since fastening and unfastening the Love bracelet took time and precision, this bracelet was meant to be worn all day.

 

4. Once exclusively for couples

As Love bracelets symbolize binding and everlasting love, Cartier originally only allowed couples to purchase the bracelet. The wearer of the bracelet would entrust her bracelet’s screwdriver to her partner for safekeeping.

Things You Didn't Know About Cartier's Love Bracelet

To illustrate the bracelet’s romantic nature, Cartier gifted famous couples Love bracelets including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Duke and Duchess of Windsor as well as Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen. Luckily this rule is no longer enforced and anyone can buy a Love bracelet of their own today.

 

5. Extremely counterfeited

Without a doubt, Cartier’s Love bracelet is one of the most counterfeited pieces of luxury jewellery in the world. When first released, the bracelet did not have serial numbers, but when Cartier released that the market was becoming saturated with fakes, they began to stamp every bracelet with a unique serial number they kept on file. Since then, Cartier has added multiple hallmarks on their Love bracelets to thwart counterfeit production.

 

6. Celebrity endorsed

Upon its release, the Love bracelet was quickly embraced by celebrities, socialites and fashionistas. The Love bracelet has remained a favourite amongst A-listers, adorning the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendez. Fun fact: Kylie Jenner had her Love bracelet stuck on her wrist for years and needed to call the fire department to help free her.

 

7. Today’s Love collection

50 years since the collection was launched, the Love collection has now expanded to include rings, necklaces, cuffs earrings and pendants. While the original bracelets were made with silver and plated in gold, wearers can select between 18k yellow gold, rose gold and white gold Love bracelets with matching screwdrivers. If you are feeling really glamorous, you can opt for a Love bracelet adorned with pave diamonds or colourful gemstones.

 

8. Resale value

If you are selling a Love bracelet in good condition with its screwdriver, box and paperwork, you can expect to receive up to 50% of its original purchase price. As a highly coveted piece from a premier luxury jewellery brand, Cartier’s Love bracelet retains more of its value on the second-hand luxury market in comparison to non-luxury brands. The exact value of your Love bracelet will depend on the following factors:

  • Condition
  • If you have the original box and papers in good condition
  • Metal type
  • If it has diamonds or gemstones
  • If it is a modern or a vintage Love bracelet

 

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