The Cartier Love bracelet

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Have you ever attracted by precious jewelry? May be you will be interested in Cartier’s love bracelet. The Love bracelet (styled L⊝Ve, with the horizontal line inside the letter "O" alluding to the bracelet's locking mechanism) is a famous piece of jewelry designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo for the French jeweler Cartier SA.

The bracelet quickly became popular for its provocative (and intentional) resemblance in function to medieval chastity belts.

Cartier continues to make the bracelets, and has since created other products based on the original bracelet's design, including cufflinks, rings, necklaces and watches, expanding the design into a jewelry line.

In June 2006, Cartier introduced the Love charity bracelet, a version consisting of a silk cord and a golden ring bearing the word LOVE. Cartier donates $150 from the sale of each bracelet to a variety of charities, each backed by a celebrity. The 2009 version of the charity bracelet was promoted by actress Eva Mendes.

Unlike traditional bracelets, which are either wide enough to slip them over the hand onto the wrist or can readily be opened in order to put them on, the Love bracelet is designed to be opened only 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.

The screwdriver does not act as a secure key, however. The Love bracelet can actually be opened with any standard slotted screwdriver.

An iconic luxury classic, the Cartier Love bracelet has a high entry price. As of August, 2011, the retail price for the classic 18k yellow gold locking Love bracelet at mainland United States Cartier retail stores was $5,575. In 2008, the same bracelet retailed for $3,600. Some of Cartier's Love bracelets with diamonds or ceramic can exceed $35,000.

There are many Celebrities who worn Cartier love bracelet, such as Vu Andy, Tamar Braxton, Sofia Vergara, Tina Turner, Beth Stern and so on.

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