Here’s everything you need to know before locking in Cartier LOVE bracelets.
Ah, the Cartier LOVE Bracelet. Most recently seen stacked on Kylie Jenner’s wrist, the LOVE bracelet has proved to be a classic since its first appearance in 1969. Dreamed up by Italian jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo, it’s meant to serve as an iconic symbol of love — a commitment not dissimilar from a wedding ring, though it lives on more as a symbol of timeless lovers than traditional partners.
Bestowed on you by a lover, the iconic bracelet is meant to be secured onto the wrist by said lover, with a vermeil screwdriver — which he could choose to pocket and ransom to assure that it stays in place. (A bit arcane, but not without its whimsy.)
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Form & Structure
The image of the Cartier LOVE Bracelet is recognizable to a trained eye from quite a distance and never seems to tire or go out of fashion. Available in yellow gold, pink gold, platinum, and white gold (at varying price points), the classic bangle has more recently been translated into a smaller, thinner, lighter-weight version as well. It can even be embellished with diamonds and gemstones for a bit more glamour if you like (more on the different models later).
The Perfect Fit
One of the most important things to consider when choosing your Cartier LOVE Bracelet is the proper size. After all, you’ll be wearing it most, if not all of the time — so fit is paramount.
There are four sizes to choose from:
The 15: 15 cm (or 5.9 inches)
The 16: 16 cm (or 6.3 inches)
The 17: 17 cm (or 6.7 inches)
The 18: 18 cm (or 7.1 inches)
The 19: 19cm (or 7.5 inches)
The 20: 20cm (or 7.9 inches)
The 21: 21 cm (or 8.3 inches)
We recommend downloading and printing the Cartier wrist ruler to make sure you’ve got just the size you’re looking for. Of course, you can also use a standard seamstress’ tape measure. We should note that: this bangle is fitted and sized uniquely, so it’s important to do your investigative work first.
How to Use the Cartier Wrist Ruler
- Print. Be sure when you print, that your “page scaling” is set to “none”. Very important to make sure your measurements are accurate!
- Cut. Carefully cut along the edges, adding a center slit where indicated at the base of the ruler.
- Curl. Create a loop with the wrist ruler and slide the end through the slit you just created.
- Slip-on. Slip your hand through the loop and rest the ruler “bracelet” on your wrist bone.
- Adjust. Pull the end to tighten the ruler until it fits comfortably. It should fit snugly, resting on your arm but without pressing into your skin.
- Measure. Now take a look at the number that is aligned at the slit — this is your wrist size! If it’s in between numbers make sure to round up so the bangle fits properly.
The same rules apply to a tape measure, just make sure that you’re measuring from the correct place on the end of the tape. If the numbers begin a centimeter or two in from the end, be sure to note that.
The Cartier Screw System
A huge factor in determining which LOVE Bracelet works best for you, original screw system, or new? We’ll get the most important part out of the way, they look the same. However, the original screw system has screws that actually come completely out when removing the bangle. Whereas the new system the screws are attached, so you can’t lose them. That also means it’s easier to put on alone. Thinking about purchasing the small version? The Small LOVE Bracelet has one screw that does not come out, and a hinge for easier wear compared to the classic.
Original or Small?
The most famous question of the last few years. But first of all: no matter which one you choose, the sizing will be the same. A size 17 is the same in a small or an original classic bangle — the difference is the size, width, and weight of the bracelet (oh, and the price too.) The classic is larger, thicker, and more substantial, while the small is thinner and a bit more dainty. The screw system for the small is also different than the original. In the end, it’s a matter of taste.
Things We’ve Heard People Rave About
It quite literally goes with everything, so it’s seldom if ever a problem that it never comes off. The more recent models have also been redesigned to make them a bit easier to remove, with the screws embedded into the bracelet instead of separately (sorry lover, this is the 21st century after all).
Tips For Wear & Care
Consider placing your bracelet on the hand you use less often — it’s less likely to get in the way and also less likely to get scratched. And keep in mind that just like zippers and nameplates, this bracelet is susceptible to minor scuffs and scratches. Whether you choose the original screw system or the new one, you’ll want to unscrew both screws completely before taking the bracelet off to avoid misshaping the system. Like any fine designer piece, you’ll need to take good care of it and treat it like the gem it is! Luckily the piece comes with several items to help you do just that.
What It Comes With
Always check the “comes with” section on the FASHIONPHILE product page to ensure the item that you’re purchasing comes with everything you’d like. But generally, a LOVE Bracelet comes with a beautiful case (obviously), as well as a special vermeil screwdriver for taking it on and off. (Be sure you keep it in a safe place.)
A Word on Value
The Cartier LOVE Bracelet has consistently held its value over the decades that it’s been available — and is perhaps even more popular today than before. Safe to say, it’s a worthy investment for both your jewelry collection and your relationship. Should you ever choose to sell it, you’ll be able to do so — and if you want to keep it forever, it’s the kind of piece that could (and should) be passed on to future generations.