I was in London Saturday to go to the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery (do go before it is over!), to see a few friends and to buy my birthday present from my Mother (love you). You may remember from my ‘unobtainable wishlist‘ blog entry that I have a little bit of a thing (understatement) for Cartier’s Love collection, well I am a very lucky boy and for my birthday this year I got to get my own piece of the Cartier Love collection (not a bracelet – but one day, one day…). You can buy Cartier jewellery from Harrods, Selfridges and various different authorised dealers/concessions in London but to me a Cartier experience needs a Cartier boutique so I hopped off to Bond Street and what an experience it was – every store should ply you with complimentary champagne and chocolates.
Cartier was founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier in Paris and has since become one of the most famed jewellers of all time with warrants from Royal courts all across the world and a following quite like no other. Cartier is known for producing some of the most famous pieces of jewellery in history and creating the first practical wristwatch. The iconic Cartier Love bracelet was designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo and included the ‘o’ with a line through it motif – alluding to how the bracelet is locked closed (locking in the love) and reflecting the brand’s history with screw designs starting with the Santos watch. This bracelet sparked an entire collection and consequently the Cartier Love ring.
…and what a ring at that! I am very much in love with it and when I wear it I feel like a million pounds even though I am sat here writing this in my lounge pants (granted they are Calvin Klein). The ring itself is mesmerising and as far as I am concerned is the epitome of simplistic perfection. It is an icon of Cartier, an icon of love, a piece of art and a keepsake which I will always treasure.