Real vs. Steal – Cartier Love Bracelet

by Irina on September 14, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 14, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you have an Instagram account, follow fashion bloggers or just love jewelry in general, then I’m sure you’re well aware of Cartier‘s famous “Love” bracelet. Designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, the bracelet quickly became popular for its intentional resemblance in function to medieval chastity belts because of its extraordinary locking mechanism. Unlike traditional bracelets, the “Love” bracelet is designed to be opened only by using a special screwdriver that is supplied with every bracelet. The screwdriver is also available in the form of a necklace, allowing the bracelet to be “locked” onto one person, while the “key” is kept around the neck of another, as a symbol for their commitment to their relationship. Luckily, the “Love” bracelet can be opened with any standard slotted screwdriver (just in case things don’t work out with your better half, I guess 😉). Although slightly confining, I think it’s a romantic gesture and a very beautiful sign of love, but most of all is it a very expensive one at $6.300 for the 18K yellow gold version. There’s definitely a lot of commitment neccessary for such a splurge purchase.

Cartier Love Bracelet in gold and silver

Cartier Love Bracelet
($6.300, Cartier)

Also available at Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Style Bloggers Love Cartier

Celebs such as Aimee from Song of Style and Annabelle from VivaLuxury have been spotted wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet.

Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Annabelle (VivaLuxury) wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet

Who wore Cartier better?

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Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet

Update (09/14/2016): Just discovered this online shop Minusey and found a ton of awesome designer dupe items including this set of gold-plated Cartier Love bracelet dupes made of titanium. They sure are not a cheap steal at $28, but they are gold plated according to the product description, so you’ll probably have a very durable and high-quality Cartier dupe by opting for one of these bracelets. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code INTHEIRCLOSET to get 10% off your purchase at Minusey!

Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet in yellow gold, rosegold and silver (Cartier dupes)

Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet
($28, Minusey)

A similar version is also available at Accessory Concierge.

Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet

All you commitment phobics with tight budgets rejoice! Because Armitage Avenue are bringing you the beauty of Cartier’s “Love” bracelet without the price or screwdriver. Now you can get the coveted Cartier look for a budget-friendly $24.95 (in either gold- or silvertone) and open it easily with a built-in clasp. No screwdrivers or credit card debt neccessary! Score!

Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Cartier Love knockoffs)

Armitage Avenue Cuff Braceletamazon
($24.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Cartier, Song of Style, VivaLuxury, Minusey, Lori’s Shoes

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Update: This post has been updated on March 27, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

In the last few years, I always felt attracted to these oversized, men’s like Michael Kors-type of watches, but lately I’ve been more and more finding myself flirting with the idea to purchase one of these tiny, feminine, classic women’s watches such as the “Tank Anglaise” by Cartier. It’s such a timeless design and I have no doubt I could still wear it in either 5 or 50 years from now on and still look great. But $33.900? We don’t even need to begin the discussion of possibly purchasing or saving up for it because it’s way, way out of my price league…or universe even.

Cartier Tank Anglaise Watch in gold and white gold

Cartier Tank Anglaise Watch (Medium Model)
($33.900, Cartier)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Saks Fifth Avenue Stainless Steel Pavé Crystal Bezel Rectangular Watch

Update (03/27/2016): Spotted these lovely watches by Saks Fifth Avenue today which instantly reminded of the Cartier Tank Anglaise Watches above. These are currently 50% off for $87.49. Steal deal alert!

Saks Fifth Avenue Stainless Steel Pavé Crystal Bezel Rectangular Watch in goldtone and silvertone (Cartier Tank Anglaise inspired)

Saks Fifth Avenue Stainless Steel Pavé Crystal Bezel Rectangular Watchls
($87.49, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH)

Vince Camuto Rectangle Bracelet Watch

Update (05/02/2015): Found another great Cartier Tank Anglaise steal alternative by Vince Camuto. Available for $125 $90.23 (sale price!) in either gold-, silver- or rosegold-tone.

Vince Camuto Rectangle Bracelet Watch in gold, silver and rose gold (Cartier Tank Anglaise knockoffs)

Vince Camuto Rectangle Bracelet Watchamazon
($90.23, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Vince Camutols & Dillard’sls.

Juicy Couture “Darby” Watch

However, a few days ago I happened to stumble upon this set of watches by Juicy Couture and the design instantly reminded me of Cartier’s Tank Anglaise timepiece. There are a couple differences, but considering the huge price difference (the JC version cost either $195 (silver) or $250 (gold) compared to the $33.000 for the Cartier watch) I don’t think it’s much of a big deal.

Juicy Couture Darby 1901057 Watch in gold and silver (Cartier Tank Anglaise knockoff)

Juicy Couture “Darby” Watchls
($250, Lord & Taylor)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Nordstromls.

Image source(s): Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Nordstrom, Macy’s


Real vs. Steal – Cartier Panthère Ring

by Irina on July 12, 2013

Update: This post has been updated on July 12, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

$25.700 – I mean, WOW! Debating the price of this 18k yellow gold panther ring by Cartier is somehow absolutely pointless, isn’t it? There’s no way I could ever afford it or talk myself into splurging on it; not even in my wildest dreams! And I think it’s safe to say that none of you who read this blog accidentally happen to belong to the upper 10.000 and thus are one the lucky few who could actually afford this beautiful jewelry piece without having to worry about the hefty price. It certainly is an amazing statement ring though, isn’t it? I’m totally in love with it!

Cartier Panthère Panther Ring in gold

Cartier Panthère Ring
($25.700, Cartier)

Pieces “Imukka” Tiger Ring

UPDATE (07/12/2013): Just found this amazing and budget-friendly Cartier Panther Ring look-a-like by Pieces which retails for a little over $15 and comes also in gunmetal! Yay!

Pieces Imukka Tiger Ring in gold (Cartier Panthère knockoff)

Pieces Imukka Tiger Ringls
($15.27, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS (DE)zx & ASOS (FR).

ALDO “Vilanculos” Panther Ring

With this steal by ALDO we’re going from $25.700 down to $10 (sale price!)! Now that’s a major price cut, isn’t it? Of course, at this price there’s no way you could expect anything similar to the quality and craftmanship of a real Cartier piece, but if you’re just looking for a quick and budget-friendly way to get the same look, this ALDO ring should do the trick. Also available in silver. Raaaawr!

ALDO "Vilanculos" Panther Ring in gold (Cartier Panthère knockoff)

ALDO “Vilanculos” Panther Ringls
($9.98, ALDO)

Image source(s): Cartier, ASOS, ALDO