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Cartier, Now And Then

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The seventies were landmark years for the house of Cartier, a decade kicked off by two major events in 1969. That year, Richard Burton infamously gave c a 69.42-carat diamond from Cartier (the first-ever diamond to sell for more than $1 million), and Italian-American jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo created the iconic Love bracelet. Then in 1971, he designed the first nail bracelet, inspired by life in New York City, for the label.

Tonight, Cartier will unveil its new Juste un Clou jewelry collection (based on Cipullo’s original nail bracelet), in tandem with an exhibition that pays tribute to the late designer and his work, with a private party at the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue. On display are the new rings and bracelets ($2,175 to $34,650), offered in various metals such as rose gold and white gold, along with roughly 40 vintage Cartier pieces, archival drawings, articles, and scrapbooks as part of the Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the ’70s exhibition. Here (above), get a glimpse of the original nail bracelet and one of the new versions—which, by the way, we recently named one of our Top Ten Jewels of Fall 2012.

Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the ’70s runs April 13 through May 8. Tours will take place daily Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. at the Cartier Mansion, 653 Fifth Ave., NYC, (212) 753-0111.

Photos: Vincent Wulveryck; Courtesy of Cartier

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