“Love has become too commercial, yet life without love is nothing — a fat zero. 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." Cartier designer Aldo Cipullo once famously said. What he was referring to, of course, was the iconic Love Bracelet
and its locking mechanism.
Cipullo took inspiration from the medieval chastity belt and created the original gold two-piece bracelet that could only be unfastened by a miniature screwdriver. It was the ultimate symbol of everlasting love and today has become the single most recognizable piece of jewelry in the world.
Unfortunately, with anything popular, it's led to countless imitations, so we've put together a few good tips on how to spot a fake Love bracelet. Take note: The design of the bracelets have evolved throughout the years, so we still strongly advise that authentication is left to the experts.
1. Be very careful of who you're purchasing it from. LePrix
puts all its sellers through a rigorous authentication process so you're guaranteed an authentic bracelet, so be sure that you're buying from a reliable website or seller.
2. The "feel" of it: Authentic Cartier Love Bracelets are made of either gold or fine metals so it should feel heavy, durable and won't easily fade or chip.
3. Cartier is extremely diligent in terms of quality control so if the screws on the bracelet aren't smooth or aligned, it is most likely inauthentic.
4. Check for a Cartier signature, serial number and other engravings on the inside of the bracelet. They are always clean, precise and written in specific fonts, depending on the year.
5. If the bracelet has gemstones, the stones will be noticeable on the inside of the bracelet and in the shape of a hexagon.