Cartier Love bracelets be­speak a mythol­ogy all their own

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IN 1969, CARTIER changed the bi­jouterie game for­ever with the launch of its most iconic piece: the Love bracelet. Un­like con­ven­tional adorn­ments, which tra­di­tion­ally changed with each out­fit, the uni­sex Love bracelet locked onto the wrist, to be worn with ev­ery out­fit from cou­ture’s most ivory­tow­ered to the cul­ture’s most in­sou­ciantly ca­sual. Com­pris­ing two sep­a­rate halves, lovers could lock the two to­gether by means of a spe­cial key, sym­bolic of their un­break­able de­vo­tion.

Al­most a demi-cen­ten­nial since that ini­tial de­but in New York, the Love bracelet has de­vel­oped its own mythol­ogy – one flush with glamour and grand ro­mance. It’s a favourite of fash­ion’s most dar­ing dar­lings, from El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor to Kylie Jen­ner, and the bane of air­port se­cu­rity. Ru­mour has it some high-end hos­pi­tals keep one of the sa­cred keys on hand, just in case.

The Love bracelets, much like love it­self, spring eter­nal. Their time­less ele­gance makes them ideal her­itage pieces to share across generation­s. The bracelets con­tinue to evolve to suit to­day’s mod­ern tastes, while re­spect­ing their own tra­di­tion.

The new col­lec­tion (which in­cludes match­ing Love rings) hon­ours that ro­man­tic spirit of strength and com­mit­ment, but con­tem­po­rises it with a more del­i­cate oval shape. Avail­able in yel­low, pink and white gold – with or with­out di­a­monds — th­ese pieces evoke so much more than mere beauty. Wear them stacked, or solo, but al­ways ask: what would you do for love?

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