Aldo Cipullo “Love” bracelet, 25 cents, yard sale
I got the score of the summer at a yard sale on Saturday.
I stopped at a sale while running some errands. The woman had a big box of jewelry, all tangled and disheveled, sitting on a table in her garage. Nothing looked too outstanding; it was the typical costume jewelry a 50-something woman may own. I rummaged around a bit, with nothing really catching my eye.
Then I saw this bracelet. I knew it looked similar to a Cartier Love bracelet but figured it was a knock-off. It had a name and date inscribed on the inside, so I thought it was worth the 25 cent asking price. I immediately got into the car and Googled the name to learn more.
In 1970, Aldo Cipullo (1935-1984) designed the Love Bracelet while working as Cartier’s in-house designer. Cartier offered the bracelet to famous couples such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It quickly became (and still is) one of Cartier’s best sellers.
That same year, Cartier permitted Cipullo to design a less expensive version for Charles Revson, Inc (Revson managed Revlon cosmetics company for 50 years). It is gold electroplate rather than solid gold like the original. It cost around $20.
Unfortunately, the bracelet I purchased does not include the screw or screwdriver. Although I’d say it’s still a steal for 25 cents.
Buy the real deal at Cartier for a mere $5,000.
Buy the Revson version on E-Bay (between $200-$400)