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For the Love of Cartier; the Story Behind the LOVE Collection

Cartier Love Bracelet and Birkin bag

The LΘVE bracelet was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969. He was inspired by the chastity belts worn by women during Medieval times, to protect their virtue and good name.

Similar to a chastity belt, the bracelet locks around the wrist, and can only be removed with a special screwdriver. For a while, Cartier had a policy that no customer could buy a LOVE bracelet for himself or herself – they had to buy it as part of a couple. During the 70s, his-and-hers bracelets were presented to famous couples, like The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Many celebrities were photographed wearing the sleek gold band. The LOVE bracelet became an instant hit.

The original LOVE bracelets were gold plated, but as time went on and demand grew, they started creating solid gold bracelets, and in 1979, a diamond-studded version was introduced. Today, Cartier continues to produce this iconic symbol of love, not only in the form of the original bracelet, but also in rings, cuff links, and earrings. Some bracelets don’t even require a screwdriver, but still have the emblematic LΘVE design.

“The Cartier LOVE series represents the permanence and indestructibility of affection,” says PORTERO‘s Creative Director, Nick Marmol. ” Classic and timeless, it is given as a gift for only the most important occasions.”

Although it was first introduced as a symbol of love, today it can be gifted for many reasons: coming-of-age, graduation, or even as a gift to yourself. The LOVE bracelet’s design is recognizable enough to be considered a modern icon, but simple enough to complement all outfits. It can easily be worn on its own, or stacked with bracelets and/or watches. It looks just as appropriate with jeans and a t-shirt, than it does with a designer gown. Its unisex design makes it the ultimate sign of elegance and sophistication.

It’s been more than 40 years since its introduction, but the Cartier LOVE bracelet has remained relevant in the luxury and secondary luxury market. In fact, Cartier is one of the five brands that will hold its value over time. Today, a LOVE bracelet starts at $6,300 and goes to $56,500 for a white gold and diamonds piece. However, at PORTERO you can find Cartier LOVE pieces for about $5,000.

“Love has become too commercial, yet life without love is nothing – a fat zero.” Said Cipullo. “What modern people want are love symbols that look semi-permanent – or, at least, require a trick to remove. After all, love symbols should suggest an everlasting quality.”
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Jewelry from Chanel to Liven up Your Wardrobe

When it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, you want to go to the brand that never goes out of fashion. Who wouldn’t want a little more Chanel on their arm?  In honor of the legendary French fashion designer, a roundup of our five favorite Coco Chanel quotes that are full of stylish wisdom and wit, while spotlighting some of the chicest Chanel jewelry.

Luxury Must be Comfortable, Otherwise it is Not Luxury
A Chanel charm bracelet is a fun way to make a statement. When you mix some yellow gold with a smattering of rhinestones, the overall look is modern and sleek, which goes with absolutely everything.
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In Order to be Irreplaceable, You Must Always Be Different
Coupled with the fact that we’re obsessed with the Chanel C’s, it’s common knowledge that you can’t go wrong with a classic Chanel logo with enough rhinestones to go with your rock and roll mini or your vintage denim and heels.
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I Don’t Do Fashion, I am Fashion
No matter what your personal earring style is: studs, drops, or dangling – these Chanel logo clip on earrings are major eye candy. We would wear these with a cropped tuxedo jacket, a flirty cocktail dress or a power suit.
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A Girl Should be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous
How incredible is this Chanel choker? It is a little bit tough girl, a little bit chic, and versatile enough to enhance a maxi dress, biker jacket or an evening gown to highlight its unique hardware.
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Fashion Fades, only Style Remains the Same
This vintage Chanel necklace can seriously step up your style, whether you’re wearing it with a structured jacket or with your Sunday-Brunch outfit. It’s a sartorial marriage between whimsical and chic.
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Five Pieces of Jewelry Every Stylish Woman Should Own

We love being on the cutting edge of style as much as the next girl, but if you’re going to be smart about what you buy, you want to focus on timeless pieces that will really stand out. Whether it’s a simple bangle that adds a pop of color or a vintage necklace that gives you an authentic look, unique yet classic pieces can take your look from the mundane to the exceptional. These are the staples that every woman should own (or at least be shopping for)!

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1.  Classic Gold Studs
Even Audrey Hepburn wouldn’t have let her jewelry box go without timeless simple studs that are easy to throw on with any outfit from a cashmere sweater to a flirty sundress. The iconic gold Chanel logo earrings can create a hint of luxury that will pull any outfit together.

2. The Classic Go-Everywhere Gold
Even the unfashionable set recognizes the iconic Cartier LOVE detailing. Having a simple bracelet in gold is a staple that every girl should own, to either dress up your everyday casual or to add to a stack of bracelets for a night on the town. If this isn’t already on your list, it’s worth adding, as this is the kind of bracelet that you’ll regret not having.

3.  Pearls Your Way
A long pearl strand is not only functional but also does double duty as a must buy. A necklace this versatile can be worn long for cocktail parties, or can be doubled up for a brunch with friends. Whether it’s vintage like this Chanel find, or it’s something new, a long Pearl strand is a must-have in your jewelry box.

4. The Statement Ring
A big rock is a perfect way to add some flair for your next soiree. We recommend getting something big enough to make an impact, but with classic details (like the David Yurman signature rope detailing). This is also great for the strong woman who wants her right ring finger to be the point of focus, instead of her left.

5.  The Enamel Bangle
Consider the Hermès black enamel bracelet the addition your go-to work wardrobe has been waiting for. It’s classy, yet still serious enough to mean business with any outfit.

 

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Spotlight on John Hardy

In the mid-1970s, 25-year-old Canadian designer/artist and descendant of the Royal Court of Bali goldsmiths, John Hardy, escaped to Bali, where he met his wife Cynthia and established his celebrated namesake jewelry company. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, each John Hardy piece is inspired by the natural world’s beauty.

John Hardy’s commitment to the environment and community does not end with fine jewelry. Over the past year, John Hardy has planted 600,000 bamboo trees in Bali to support forest management and water preservation.  Additionally, its Job for Life program continues to successfully transition Bali orphans into the real world with vocational training.  Once the program is completed, many students are offered positions at the John Hardy Bali Compound, which is not only home to beautiful designs and skilled craftsman, but also an organic farm.

Upon retiring in 2007, John Hardy sold the brand to now CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida.  To date, Dernoncourt and Bedarida remain invested in the brand’s core values and devotion to nature and our community.

Shop Portero’s John Hardy collection here.

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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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The most stunning vintage Cartier jewelry

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 — and these exquisite jewels prove why the French designs are a favored by royalty and celebrities.

Shop Cartier here.

 

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Style crush: Balenciaga + Hermés

A red Balenciaga bag with an orange Hermès Cuff de Chien (CDC) — the ultimate rockstar look.

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Saint Laurent wearable art

An artistic piece that’s a little bit free form in turquoise and gold. Make a statement with this Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale and Dots Ring.

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Chopard and Princess Di forever!

In “Diana” the new biopic about Princess Diana, Naomi Watts will wear Chopard jewelry exclusively. Can’t wait to see those 80′s earrings in action!

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Fit for a princess! Let’s help New York’s newest resident out

In the most exciting Royals news on this side of the Atlantic, Princess Eugenie (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) is moving to New York. Like so many 23-year-olds before her, she will chase her hopes and dreams in the Big Apple. And this isn’t a pleasure trip  – Eugenie will be working at Paddle8, an online auction house that collaborates with non-profits.

Inspired by Stylite’s guide to Eugenie’s life in New York City, we’ve offered up some of our favorite handbags and accessories so that she can prove that royalty has no geographic boundaries.

THE BAG: Diplomacy comes in all forms – Eugnie has proven she isn’t afraid to make a statement with her handbag before, so here are some she might try toting around the city.

1. If the princess wants to represent her homeland abroad, she might opt for a Burberry Ashbury bag. It suits her youth by eschewing the expected nova check in favor of gold leather.



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2. This is the time to try out an American designer! This Proenza Schouler XL PS1 will fit her work necessities while flaunting the favorite label of New York socialites. Plus, that color!

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3. Eugenie’s mom has been spotted with a Birkin and they are heirlooms. Nothing says on-her-way like the ultimate Hermès it-bag.

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THE WATCH: Even princesses have to be punctual. We like the idea of Eugenie to rely on a traditional wristwatch instead of an iPhone.

1. You’re in America now, so what about the Cartier Tank Americaine? We like the bracelet feel of this white gold version.

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2. This Rolex Cellini watch calls out elegance, but the feel of the leather strap makes it very day and work appropriate.

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3. Since Brits are always off to Polo matches, Eugenie Piaget Polo quartz watch. Bonus: Princesses can always carry off diamonds.

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THE JEWELRY: The crown jewels will presumably stay in England. (Won’t they?) But that doesn’t mean that Eugenie can’t accessorize.

1. A pair of classic diamond stud earrings that she can wear day and night will be perfect for balancing a work-socialite lifestyle.

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2. Young and urban? The Hermès Collier de Chien (CDC) will give Eugenie a downtown edge when she feels rebellious, but not scandalous.

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3. Eugenie seems to favor more delicate jewelry, so a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace  will suit her just perfectly.

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