Cartier Love Bracelet

Cartier Love Bracelet

The Love Bracelet (styled L⊝Ve, with the horizontal line inside the letter “O” alluding to the bracelet’s locking mechanism) is a piece of jewelry designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo for Cartier SA. Early versions of the Love Bracelet featured gold plating, while more recent designs are created from solid gold or platinum. Prices for the bracelets differ depending on the item’s materials, and some can exceed $56,000. As of 2019, the Love Bracelet is still in production and Cartier has expanded the line to include products based on the original bracelet’s design, including cufflinks, rings, earrings, necklaces, and watches. In 2006 the line was considered to be the “most successful collection in Cartier’s history.”

Cartier Love Bracelet design problems

The bracelet has received some criticism over its design, which some have compared to medieval chastity belts. Love Bracelets have also posed issues, with airline security personnel and a Transportation Security Administration agents stating in 2015 that the bracelets were “the biggest problem item” due to the need for airline passengers to remove all metal items when passing through Airport security metal detectors and because a tool is needed to remove the bracelets.

In the 1990s, Cartier filed a lawsuit against multiple jewelry stores in Manhattan and Puerto Rico, alleging that the stores were selling counterfeit Love Bracelets.

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Cartier Love Bracelet Price

The classic version of the love bracelet starts at $6,300 USD for the yellow and pink gold versions, with white gold offered at $6,750.

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Cartier Love Bracelet locking mechanism

Unlike other more traditional bracelets, which are either wide enough to slip over the hand onto the wrist or can readily be opened in order to put them on, the Love bracelet is designed to be opened only by using a special screwdriver that is supplied with every bracelet. The screwdriver is also available in the form of a necklace, allowing the bracelet to be “locked” onto one person, while the “key” is kept around the neck of another, as a symbol for their commitment to their relationship.

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Cartier Love Bracelet Variations

Cartier has offered the Love bracelet in 18k yellow gold, 18k “pink” (rose) gold, 18k white gold, and in platinum. Platinum has since been discontinued. Some bracelets are offered with diamonds in place of or in rotation with the screw-motif. Ceramic details and special colored precious gems have been offered as well. Pave diamond versions were made available in 2009. Cuff versions that do not close or lock are also available. More recently, a smaller “thin” version of the Love bracelet became available. The locking mechanism on the thin version involves a hinge and only a single screw.

In June 2006, Cartier introduced the Love charity bracelet, a version consisting of a silk cord and a golden ring bearing the word LOVE. Cartier donates $150 from the sale of each bracelet to a variety of charities, each backed by a celebrity. The 2009 version of the charity bracelet was promoted by actress Eva Mendes.

Source: Wikipedia

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