* Jewel-encrusted designer bangles add elegance to any look
* Affordable options for minimalist, edgy and glamorous tastes
* Designer dupes from Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade, Swarovski and more
The Cartier Love Bracelet is at once a symbol of status and affection. Owning one says you appreciate fine jewelry and intricate fine details. If you received it as a gift, it also says that you’re loved and appreciated.
First released in 1969, the Cartier Love Bracelet was made famous thanks to its unique design, which incorporated the letter “O” in “LOVE” into a signature locking mechanism. Designed to be worn permanently, the bangle could only be put on and taken off with a special screwdriver, symbolizing a committed relationship and devotion.
These days, vintage versions of the Cartier Love Bracelet are among the most in-demand and most searched-for items on sites like eBay, with prices in the mid to high four figures. But if that price tag is out of range for you, we’ve found five equally chic alternatives that help you get the look for a fraction of the price.
Vintage Cartier Love Bracelet
If you want the real thing, the best place to start is eBay, which has a handful of authenticated listings for the classic bangle, rendered in 18k yellow gold, white gold or with diamonds. But be prepared to pay:
If a classic Cartier piece is out of your price range for now, or if you’re looking for a less ubiquitous alternative, consider these six pieces, which all offer the same look and feel of the Love Bracelet, while introducing unique details that make them stand out on their own.
1. Kenneth Cole Gold Pave Twist Hinge Bangle
We love the look of this formal and elegant bracelet, which comes in a polished gold finish, with a hinge closure. The crystal pave inlays make this a great choice for your evenings out or a fancy black tie occasion.
2. Kate Spade Set in Stone Hinged Bangle
A shiny 12k gold-plated metal bangle with elegant glass stones, this Kate Spade stunner features a thin silhouette, minimalist styling and a hinged closure with hook.
3. Elizabeth and James Obi Bangle
White topaz gemstones accent the minimalist style of this 22K gold plated bangle.
4. Swarovski Tactic Bangle
We love the look of this rose gold-plated bangle, adorned with genuine Swarovski crystals. The clear crystal pavé embellishments add sparkle without going over the time, while the bracelet’s sleek and modern silhouette looks great as a statement piece, or paired with other bangles or bracelets to create an on-trend stacked look. To fit different wrist sizes, this bangle comes in sizes S-L.
5. Kay Jewelers Bangle Bracelet
Treat yourself to something truly luxurious with this sleek bangle bracelet. Stunningly rendered in 10k yellow gold with a diamond-cut pattern, this is the ultimate statement piece for a night out on the town.