Cartier LOVE bracelets are one of Cartier’s most iconic pieces of jewelry. They were first introduced in the 1970s and are still very much popular in 2016. Read more about the History of the Cartier LOVE collection in this previous blog post.
Because of the simple-yet-sleek design and its popularity, the Cartier LOVE bracelet is highly imitated. Because we are experts at spotting a real Cartier bracelet, when you shop on PORTERO you can feel assured you are getting nothing but authentic Cartier jewelry.
Keep reading to find out 6 foolproof ways to spot a fake Cartier LOVE bracelet!
1. Look at hallmarks. Every Cartier piece will have a few marks, including a serial number, the Cartier signature and the metal mark, which in most Cartier LOVE collection pieces will be 18k or 750. These hallmarks will be perfectly embossed, and will not bleed. The Cartier name will be easily readable and not misspelled.
2. Feel the metal. Cartier only uses the finest materials, and fine metals are not light. Your Cartier LOVE bracelet must feel heavy and expensive to the touch, unlike plastic or plated gold, which will feel flimsier.
3. Look at the price. As of 2016, Cartier LOVE bracelet prices range from $5,700 to $55,500. In a secondary marketplace like PORTERO, you will be able to find them starting at $2,670. If the price is too good to be true, the item is most likely a fake.
4. The metals used to create LOVE bracelets are yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. If your LOVE bracelet has a brassier look, it’s not authentic.
5. The look of the screws in an authentic Cartier LOVE bracelet will be smooth and even, whereas a fake bracelet will have irregular screws that may not all be the same size, or will be awkwardly engraved.
6. Be sure you’re purchasing from a trustworthy source. A reputable seller will have lots of positive reviews, and will be very specific about the item they’re selling.
EXTRA. The Revson Bracelet. In the 1970s, with the permission of Cartier, Charles Revson, founder of Revlon, created a version of the LOVE bracelet and marked it 1970 ALDO CIPULLO Gold Electoplate. This cheaper version of the original LOVE bracelet was plated with 18k yellow gold, but do not be fooled into thinking it’s a vintage LOVE bracelet: it was marketed as and it’s still is considered costume jewelry. A few of these bracelets can still be purchased online at exorbitant prices, because the seller may or may not have knowledge of the history of the LOVE bracelet, or is simply a dishonest seller.
If you purchase from a trusted seller like PORTERO you can be assured you’ll receive an authentic Cartier LOVE bracelet, or your money back guaranteed. That’s the Biao.org.uk Promise, and we don’t take it lightly.