Since 1969, Italian designer Aldo Cipullo’s Love bracelet has been shackled onto some of the most famous wrists of the last four decades. Ali MacGraw, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor are just a few of the accessory’s earliest and most well known fans. Forty seven years after its debut, fashion lovers are just as obsessed with the permanent token of commitment. Millennial style queen Kylie Jenner has been photographed flaunting various versions of the bangle for about half a decade. On the May 2015 cover of Teen Vogue, Kylie stacked—wait for it—EIGHT Love bracelets on one wrist. She recently took to Snapchat to chronicle one piece that has been “stuck on” for four years (P.S. If that’s not proof that this piece pairs perfectly with literally everything, we don’t know what is). Cipullo’s design was originally intended to be a symbol of everlasting and unending passion, so it’s no surprise that the longer a wearer dons the piece, the tougher it is to remove. If the owner does decide to remove the piece, each one is sold with a tiny screwdriver meant to set one free from the golden Cartier handcuffs, so to speak.
If you’re looking to drop a hint for a loved one, or invest in a souvenir of self-love, arguably the most important kind, have a look at the inventory available here on eBay. But first, a brief education to arm you to make one of the biggest investment decisions thus far in your quest for the perfect arm party. Cartier Love bracelets are made in three alloys of gold, with or without diamonds, and cost between $4,500 and $56,500. The 18k yellow or pink gold versions start at $6,300 and a bracelet composed of 18K white gold featuring 216 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 3.16 carats will set you back a minimum of $56,500. The original design is composed of two halves of the bangle that are fused together with the aid of two screws that completely detach from the bracelet when removed with the screwdriver that comes with the jewelry. The newer design also breaks apart in two halves, but the screws don’t wholly detach from the pieces. All in all, we’re completely smitten with the Cartier Love bracelet, and it’s one piece we wouldn’t mind being stuck wearing ‘til the end of time.