A Love-Ly Dinner With Cartier

This week, Cartier launched updated versions of jewelry from its classic Love collection, and we were invited to celebrate that happy fact at a rather fancy dinner.

Pieces from the collection were displayed all over the dining room at The Lion in New York City, where Cartier’s Pierre Rainero guided guests through the history of the iconic brand. He talked about custom orders from ancient maharajas as though they’d been placed yesterday, and explained why the Love bracelet is a particularly important piece of Cartier’s portfolio.

“We believe that design is strong when it allows evolution from the original,” he said, talking about the new pieces of Love littered all around the room. Every year the brand tweaks the jewelry ever so slightly, and the 2010 editions feature black ceramic, rose gold and pink sapphires and look every bit as stunning as the originals.

The beauty of the Love collection is that its symbolism is in its construction. The wearer can only secure the bracelet if its giver screws a tiny bolt into place, signifying the strength of the bond between the two. And now that we’ve seen the $5,000 bracelet in person, now all we have to do is wait for someone to drop that kind of money on us.

All Photos Courtesy Of Vincent Wulveryck © Cartier 2010

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