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CARTIER LOVE BRACELET– LOVE OF ONE’S SELF

January 22, 2017
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The new Cartier Love Bracelet – Love of one’s self

Must one find love killing off Prince Charming and ignore all those supposedly romantic ideals which are described in films and novels?

Can a girl still anticipate receiving roses other than on St. Valentine’s Day or be surprised comparing our man to Carrie Bradshaw’s Mr. Big?

Or can a girl impatiently wait to discover a small red box hiding the famous Love Bracelet by Cartier?

In the majority of cases, the answer is simply NO! The perfect man does not exist, to find true love, you need to make concessions, but above all be well in your mind and body, loving yourself for who you are and bear it well.

As an undisputed fan of Emma Bovary, I find it difficult to accept the fact that happiness is a personal experience in the same way love is. To accept that an extravagant search for romance is simply a personal imbalance fashioned by the fairytales which were ever present during my childhood.  This certainly provides me with a small touch of fantasy, but unfortunately not the miraculous recipe to find true love.

On the other hand, the concept of ‘loving yourself in order to love others’ is a modern truth which cannot be escaped and it is this which leads to the discovery of unconditional love.

This update on sentiment aligns itself with the launch of the new Love Bracelet by Cartier. It is as though even within jewelry circles, this era of triumphal individualism has been recognised. But let us step back for a moment to look at the first edition of the iconic Love Bracelet. Symbol of the 1970s, it was spotted on the wrists of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra or even Steve McQueen, who made it such an icon. The original version, an oval-shaped gold bracelet enhanced with screws, was presented in two parts. A gold screwdriver (provided by Cartier) was essential for the symbolism of the bracelet. The help of another was required to screw the two parts of the bracelet together and thus seal the semi-permanent bond between the lovers. Thus the Love Bracelet bound the wrist and never left it, its refined and minimalistic form assured timeless style, which outlived the trends of the moment and perfectly adapted to all occasions and outfits as a real piece of jewelry should.

Today, Cartier presents the piece with a modern take, a new and more liberated version, which in my opinion celebrates more loving oneself.

Finer, it is no longer formed of two sections but just one articulated piece which now has a clasp meaning that help is no longer required.  The screwdriver is of course still present, to be used for tightening the clasp and to ensure it does not fall off, but there again, the operation can be handled alone and a lover is no longer required to possess the wonderful symbol of love which is the Love Bracelet.

Of course it is still a symbol of love but also of liberty. An enchanting gift to receive or to offer oneself, to go beyond the clichés, daring to state one’s self love by acquiring this final love symbol alone and guilt free.

After that you can set off on your journey to find Prince Charming, whether he is charming or not.

The new Love bracelet small model is available in white, yellow or pink gold, studded with diamonds.  It can be worn alone or accessorized with other pieces to create a perfect ‘arm party’ the trend of the moment. Starting price 3’900 euros.

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Photos: Pierre Vogel

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