The Real theme behind Cartier’s Love Bracelet

When you need something more subtle and discreet for formal affairs, and only the best will do, lock up your submissive in Cartier. (Or something similar within your budget.) Mistress Eva

DIAMOND BANGLE, ‘LOVE’, CARTIER. ESTIMATE £15,000-20,000.

“Drawing inspiration from the shackles of a chastity belt he crucially designed the jewel for both men and women (a unisex bracelet was unheard of at the time), and initially insisted they be sold only as a pair. Aesthetically he also steered away from any fussiness, paring back the bracelet to the bare minimum of a simple, flat, yellow gold cuff, punctuated with industrial style screws – in gentle homage to the rivets on the bezel of the Cartier Santos watch. Two of these were functional, fastening the tight-fitting bracelet to the recipient’s wrist, ‘locking’ the giver and receiver into a jewellery love-contract of sorts. Unable to slip on and off (they are slightly oval to hug the contours of the wrist) nothing would remove the band except a gold screw driver, included in the offering, making the LOVE bracelet a semi-permanent reminder of affection. ‘After all, love symbols should suggest an everlasting quality’, he said at the time.”

By Jessica Diamond

You can read the whole article here:

https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/the-story-behind-cartiers-iconic-love-bracelet

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