It should come to no surprise, that I love investing in classic, timeless pieces and the Cartier Love Ring is no different. Now that I’ve owned the ring for a while, I thought it would be the perfect time to share is the Cartier Love Ring worth the price.
While there are some drawbacks to the Love Ring which I explain in more detail below. In short, YES I think the Cartier love ring is worth the price and why I believe the ring is a good long term investment.
Today, I'm going to answer some of the most popular questions I've received about the Cartier Love Ring including: The history of the ring, if it's intended as a wedding band only, the price increase over the years, if I think the Cartier Ring is worth the price, discusses the drawbacks of the ring, and finally answering if I recommend buying the ring second hand.
** Cartier did announce a price increase and it's reflected in the pricing below! That's two price increases in a year!!
History of the Cartier Love Ring
Before I make any big purchase, I love to do research not only on the brand but also on the origins of the piece I’m about to purchase. Frankly, I find the history of the Cartier Love collection quite fascinating, and thought it was worth sharing.
The Cartier Love bracelet was created by Italian jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo in 1969. At the time of its release, it was very controversial as it was modeled after medieval chastity belts. Rumor has it, at the time of its release, it could only be purchased as a gift for someone else. Since the Cartier love Bracelet requires a screwdriver to remove, it transformed the way high-end jewelry was worn from occasional use to everyday wear.
As the Cartier Love bracelet grew in popularity, so did the counterfeiting of the iconic bracelet. The counterfeiting became so bad that Cartier now provides a unique serial number for every Cartier Love item purchased.
Is the Cartier Love Ring only used as a wedding band?
You may have seen tons of people rocking the Cartier Love ring as their wedding ring, while it is true that yes some people use it as a wedding ring or wedding band, that’s not the case for everyone.
Keep in mind there are 2 sizes, one that's name is Cartier Love Ring (thicker Ring) and then the Cartier wedding band (thinner size). Despite the official name, the Cartier Love Wedding band, I bought it to wear on my index finger or middle finger. In fact, it’s too big for my ring finger.
Price Increase of the Cartier Love Ring in 2019 – 2022
Time and time again we see luxury brands raising their prices. In 2020 Chanel announced they were raising their prices by 21%, but Chanel isn’t alone, all the big fashion houses do it, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and yes even Cartier raises their prices.
You may be wondering, what is the price of the Cartier Love Ring? Below is the breakdown of the Cartier Love ring price from 2019 to 2021 for the thicker Ring Size 5.5 mm Cartier Love Ring.
As of Feb 2022, there has been no price increase.
|Year||Price in the USA||% increase|
|2021 (Nov)||$1,820||+ 5.6%|
Did you know when the Cartier Love bracelet was first released, it only cost $250?! One thing I’ve learned about designer brands over the years, is they don’t ever decrease their prices. On top of that, the timeless classic pieces everyone wants never end up at the outlets or even on sale.
With that being said, if you want a timeless piece like a Cartier Love Ring or even a black Chanel bag, if you can afford it then the best time to buy a designer piece was yesterday, the second-best time is today. Read about the price difference of Cartier in Europe vs Cartier in the USA.
Different Cartier Love Ring colors and sizes
What I love about the Cartier love ring is there are options. The Cartier Love ring comes in yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, with diamonds, without diamonds, thin band or thick band. The combinations are endless.
For me, I love the small, petite ring. If you have been following along for a while, you know that I stand 4’11 (150CM). My hands are smaller than most. Therefore, the wedding band size (one of the smallest) Cartier ring fits me perfectly.
Cartier Ring Width
Is the Cartier Love Ring Worth the Price?
Ahh, the question of the day, is the Cartier Love Ring or the Cartier Wedding Band as its official name worth the price. In my opinion, yes the Cartier Love Ring is worth the price!! This is one of Cartier's Signature pieces, a true Cartier Creation.
The design is simple, timeless, and you will wear it for years to come. I adore my Cartier Love Ring and have been wearing it every day since I purchased it. While yes, it is a little steep on the pricing side $1,100 to be exact, I definitely feel like it's a piece I will wear for years to come and pass down through generations. At least that is how I justify things, yeah I'll pass it down.
What are the drawbacks of the Cartier Love Ring?
I recently came across a YouTube video, where a lady was talking about why she regretted buying the Cartier Love Ring. My initial thoughts were, this lady is crazy, the Cartier love ring is so timeless and beautiful, what could her reasons be. As I listened to her talk about the negatives of the ring, she brought up a few fair points. Points, I thought that would be worth mentioning in an article about if the Cartier Love Ring is worth the price.
For one, the Cartier Love ring is made up of 18k gold, which means it can scratch more easily than 14k gold. 18k gold is softer due to the percentage of pure gold. Yes, like all jewelry this is true, the Cartier Love Ring does scratch. The second point this YouTuber made was if you purchase a ring online, you might not know your sizing and order the wrong size. With that being said, I definitely recommend if you are unsure of your size to go to a store and try one on.
My thoughts are the following – yes the ring does scratch, but with any jewelry that’s to be expected. Secondly, Cartier does offer complimentary buffing and cleaning on your jewelry. I did want to address some of the concerns. I watched and did research before I purchased this ring, and these negatives did not deter me from adding the Cartier Love Ring to my jewelry collection.
Should I buy the Cartier Love Ring Second Hand?
Yes, Cartier love ring is a classic piece, meaning that as time continues to go on, it will only go up in price. The good news is that there are tons of preloved Cartier love rings online. If you are unsure of your ring size, I definitely recommend you go to the store and try on the different rings in person. You guys know that there are a few places I love to get second hand designer products from, and that’s Fashionphile and The Real Real.
Now that I have the Cartier Love Ring, I’m dying to get my hands on a Cartier Love Bracelet to match, it's such an iconic symbol of love! Of course, if I purchase that (which it’s quite expensive, so I’ll need to save up for it) I will definitely do an article on the topic.
Sincerely Petite in Paris,