The Cartier Love bracelet is, without a doubt, the ultimate symbolism of inseparable love. In keeping with the times though, Cartier has no expanded this collection beyond bracelets and now has Love Earrings, Love Rings and Love Necklaces – a true Love collection!
The story behind the Cartier Love bracelet
Designed for Cartier by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, the love bracelet bears a striking and intentional resemblance to medieval chastity belts, thanks to its locking mechanism. The reason behind this resemblance is that Cipullo was a student of history and consequently, his designs revolved around modern interpretations of ancient items, jewelry or otherwise!
As the chastity belt was that era's symbol of the purity and fidelity of the love of a married couple, so Cipullo created the Love bracelet to be a modern sign of fidelity – proof of being "locked up" in a committed relationship!
Aldo Cipullo – the man behind the Cartier Love Bracelet
Aldo Cipullo, a man of Italian descent, migrated to New York City when he was in his early twenties to pursue lofty ambitions in the jewelry world. Having worked at Tiffany & Co. and David Webb, Cipullo joined the Cartier New York team in 1969, and that is where he made his mark in the world of high jewelry.
Of all the stunning designs he created over his lifetime, the Cartier Love Bracelet is one of Cipullo's most iconic creations!
So, what makes the Cartier Love Bracelet so special?
The most distinctive feature of this bracelet is its locking mechanism – where other bracelets can be slipped onto the wrist or can be easily opened, these bracelets are designed to be opened with a special screwdriver, which comes with each bracelet. This screwdriver is also available as a necklace, so that one person is wearing the "locked" bracelet and their other half is wearing the "key" – a very real life representation of holding the key to someone's heart...er...love!
From a wearable perspective as well, these love bracelets are are perfect for all occasions. Whether you're looking at yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum, and with or without diamonds and other stones, the simplistic and understated design of these bracelets makes them perfect for dressing up or casual, as the occasion demands!
Fame and Cartier Love Bracelets
When the collection was first launched, to push the "lovers only" perspective, Cartier presented "his-and-hers" bracelets to 25 famous couples in the entertainment, business, communications, sports and high society worlds. These couples making appearances wearing their trademark gold love bracelets kicked off a demand that not even Cartier had anticipated! In a few years, couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Ali McGraw and Steve McQueen, and Mai Britt and Sammy Davis, Jr. also featured on the list of love bracelet owners.
The Cartier love bracelets have been nothing if not eternal and as such, have continued to be a style favored by celebrities even today. It's definitely great fun to look down at these bracelets and know that Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Kanye West, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, Mila Kunis, Demi Lovato and who knows how many more have one exactly like it!
If you'd like to know more about the Love Bracelet and its history, visit this link.
Finding your Cartier Love Bracelet
As diamond rings are to engagements, so the Cartier Love Bracelet has become to love...after all, the saying goes, "do you love me enough for a Cartier Love Bracelet"? In the spirit of expressing that love, we've put together a small gallery of the estate love pieces available at our store:
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet Large B6035416
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet Rose Gold Size 17
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet Yellow Gold Size 20
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet Yellow Gold Size 17
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet White Gold Full Diamond
Size 16 White Gold Estate Cartier Love Bracelet
Estate Cartier Love Bracelet White Gold Size 17
If you like any of these pieces, for yourself or your significant other, contact us or better yet, the both of you should come by CJ Charles Jewelers and have the fun of buying the lock to your love!