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Fake Cartier Love Bracelet – How to Spot One

New here? Welcome to our blog! Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of the world’s largest sellers of pre-owned authentic Cartier Love bangles – authenticity guaranteed.

Unfortunately we cannot authenticate Cartier Love bangles, as Cartier no longer verifies the bangles. Because the authority itself has discontinued the practice, we can’t claim to be more knowledgeable than Cartier about authentic Love bangles.

While we can’t authenticate your Love bangle we guarantee any we’re selling are the real deal. 

Fake Cartier Love Bracelet - How to Spot One

Cartier Love bangles are one of the most singularly iconic pieces of jewelry in history. They’re highly recognizable, highly covet-able, and highly symbolic. So it goes with luxury goods, this combination usually leads to knockoffs. We happened to catch one such knockoff at our showroom, and wanted to share with you so you won’t be fooled by fake Cartier. So, how do you tell if a Cartier love bracelet is real or fake?

First, we go back to the beginning of the Cartier Love bangle story. In the 1970’s, when Aldo Cipullo started creating these famed bracelets, they hadn’t yet become the icons they are today. They were popular and chic, but weren’t stamped with serial numbers. Counterfeiters seized this absence of i.d. as an opportunity to start churning out fakes at a rapid rate. In fact, it’s estimated that up to half of the Love bracelets from the 70’s are replicas.

Related: Top 5 Questions We Get About Cartier Love Bangles

For this reason, we won’t even buy vintage Cartier Love bangles unless they’ve been authenticated by Cartier itself – there’s simply no fool-proof way to tell a good fake from the real deal.

Of course, today, the Google query of “Cartier Love bracelets fake vs real?” is easily answered. Cartier’s modern Love bangles are stamped not only with serial numbers, but with the Cartier logo and copyright, the 18kt gold 750 stamp, and a hallmark. Most fake Cartier love bracelets will only imitate the stamps partially, and not very well at that. We’ll use this as our first example of how to spot a fake Cartier Love bracelet.

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Note that the stamps aren’t identical (the fake mistakenly puts the smudged Cartier logo on both sides and uses an 18kt stamp instead of Cartier’s “750”) and the fake’s (on the right) are done sloppily and unevenly. The authentic Cartier love bracelet’s stamping is crisp, level and easily legible.

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Another good clue is the color of the Love bangle. Cartier Love bracelets are made in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. The options for customization with diamonds in combination with these metals are nearly endless. However, Cartier Love bracelet replicas likely will use sterling silver instead of platinum and white gold, and may use gold plate or fake gold to mimic the other gold colors. Any diamonds would likely be imitation as well. If the Love bangle in question has a brassy or chrome like quality to its color (or any tarnish around the stamps in the case of white metal), it’s a fake.

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If you take a look at the screw stamps, you’ll see the screws on the fake are all wrong. The indentation for the screwdriver is crooked on some, uneven in others, sometimes it slopes down to meet the outer perimeter of the screw stamps. Moreover, the clean lines of the authentic Cartier Love bracelet’s stamps all but disappear on the fake’s screw outlines. See how the outer shape of the screws is softer? And note that the metal outside of the screws has an almost puffy quality to it. The authentic Love bangle, on the left, is smooth and even with crisp screws stamped right into the gold with no compromise of the surrounding metal.

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Also, you can see that the edges of the fake Cartier Love bangle are more rounded and smooth than the authentic’s.

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You’ll also see this smooth, melded look on the screw clamps that close the bangle. The real Cartier Love bangle has screw caps with the same crisp stamping as the rest of its details. And about the screw – it should turn easily with the screwdriver. When we try to open the fake Cartier Love bangle, there’s practically no give. The genuine Cartier’s screw turns effortlessly to open the bracelet.

Related: Verifying a Cartier Love Bracelet

You can also take a look at any accompanying Cartier box or bag  for more clues, and you can read more in-depth about how to tell if a Cartier box and bag are real here. But typically, your best indicator will be the price of the bracelet – even our preowned Cartier Love bracelets sell for over $4,000. So if you see a Love bracelet for sale or online for a few hundred dollars, it is 99.9% not real.

Related: Amazon and The Cartier Love Bracelet – Too Good to Be True?

The best way to spot a fake Cartier Love bangle is by looking for the lack of attention to detail imbued in every Cartier piece. Knockoff Cartier Love bangles are just like every other form of counterfeit goods – they just don’t compare to the original. When it comes to quality, longevity, and your overall happiness with your purchase, you are much better off saving for your dream Love bracelet, finding a jeweler you can trust, and cherishing this iconic piece for the rest of your life when it’s finally yours.

58 Responses to Fake Cartier Love Bracelet – How to Spot One

  1. Rachael - Reply

    January 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi can you help me,

    How do you spot a fake Cartier lasieres bracelet?

    Thank you


    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      April 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Rachael,

      We would need to see your bracelet. Your best bet is to bring it to a Cartier boutique.

  2. patricia pound - Reply

    February 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you for this information. I have found a white gold Cartier with the serial number CRT2245. It has 750 stamp. There is no screw driver to open lock. The lock can be opened but it is very hard. I need additional information about the lock. Can a real Cartier be opened with out the key? I would appreciate any information.

    Thank You,
    Patricia Pound

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      February 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Patricia, Thank you for reading! You can use any screwdriver that fits to open a Love bracelet.

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      April 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Patricia!

      A Cartier bracelet can be opened with any screwdriver that fits in the bit.

  3. Claudio - Reply

    March 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I would like to buy a real love cartier bracelet ..do you have it?..what is the price ?.pls reply to my email adress..tks

  4. Vitaliy - Reply

    March 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I had found braslets with number inside is G750 [*100]
    20 Cartier (c) N16563

  5. Mary Cassidy - Reply

    March 23, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I have recently purchased a Cartier bracelet with these numbers printed on the inside. 518 Cartier OL2525. Are you able to inform me if it is a fake. Many thanks Mary

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      April 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Mary,

      Unfortunately we’d need to see your bracelet to authenticate it. However you can always bring it to a Cartier boutique or call them to verify a serial number.

  6. Jessica Furlan - Reply

    April 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I think I have a Cartier bracelet and im not sure because I have never seen one like it and I need help

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      April 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      Your best bet is taking the bracelet to a Cartier boutique for authentication.

  7. insertusername - Reply

    May 5, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    The link you provided to one of the bangles looks more like the bangle in the photo showing what the ‘fake’ one looks like. Is the picture incorrect?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi There,

      Which link are you referring to? Every Love bangle we sell is authentic.

  8. Haute Couture by J - Reply

    May 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Pertaining to the far less expensive Aldo Cipullo 18Kt Electroplate Love Bracelet that was distributed by Charles Revson in 1970, would you happen to know what the electroplate is bonded to? What type of metal? Thanks!

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Not off the top of my head, but I am going to find out for you!

  9. Karen - Reply

    May 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Really helpful, the only thing I need help with after yours, is how do I work out size. I have seen some at 16 17 and 20 I have large rist and like movement even with a watch. it the size in centimetres.

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 19, 2015 at 9:40 am

      The size is in cm 🙂

  10. jane buford - Reply

    May 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    my cartier love bracelet is signed by aldo cipulo and says 1970 inside as well as cartier. My mother died and left me her bracelet. I have no box. I took it to cartier for repair and they said they could not authenticate it. I don’t understand why because they also said their jewelers wouldn’t fix it if were fake. My local jeweler said he’s not sure and is only appraising it for 4k.
    How can I really be sure once and for all?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Hi Jane,

      I am so sorry for your loss. Cartier should have authenticated it, though customers have told me that their SA’s wouldn’t authenticate (and yes, very frustrating considering they won’t touch a fake…you’d think that would give it away!) Let me talk to Jeff & Lee and see if there are any tricks they can think of. The vintage bracelets are so tricky to authenticate, but let me see if we can help.

  11. Kim - Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I’m sure I have an authentic love bracelet but I can’t get it to unscrew please help

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 20, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Sometimes they can just be very difficult if they haven’t been opened in a while. You can use any screwdriver that will fit though – not just the tiny ones that come with the bracelets. One with a longer handle will give you more leverage. If you still can’t get it open, bring it to us if you’re local!

  12. Shazy - Reply

    May 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I’m looking at a Cartier Blue Topaz Tank ring which are now discontinued, how can I verify if it’s authentic?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Shazy,

      Your best bet is to take it to Cartier!

  13. junior - Reply

    May 25, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Hey I had found a bracelet that said cartiel on it 750 (c) OL4786 and it has like too squares thing and like a I y together and it’s white I guess white gold and like were the diamonds are located there’s like a white thing under the diamonds around the bracelet I’m trying to find out if is not fake u know real . Thank you please

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      May 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Junior,

      We’d really need to see your bangle in person to determine if it’s real.

  14. JH - Reply

    June 11, 2015 at 12:15 am

    If I send you some pictures of my cartier love bangle by email, can you tell me that it is fake or real?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      June 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Hi There,

      Unfortunately we cannot authenticate Cartier Love bangles, as Cartier no longer verifies the bangles. We can spot fakes, but if the authority itself has discontinued the practice, we can’t claim to be more knowledgeable than Cartier about authentic Love bangles.

  15. NinaM - Reply

    June 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I have a question about another Cartier line – Meli Melo rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. Does any one know if there are fakes/imitations BUT OUT OF REAL GOLD AND JEWELS? I recently bought a ring and earrings, they are real 18K gold with real diamonds and gemstones, almost exact design as on Cartier pages, but with VERY small variations and there is NO Cartier stamps on them. But design is identical AND metal/stones are real. What could it be? who would go through trouble of using such expensive materials to duplicate Cartier and NOT put a “Cartier” or any stamp on it? This is a mystery! please advise.

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      June 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Nina,

      It’s very likely that Meli Melo is copied by other fine jewelers who aren’t Cartier, to re-create the look at a slightly lower price point. If they’re calling it Meli Melo it’s blatantly counterfeit, but if they’re mimicking the style, it’s just unoriginality. The same thing happens with the Tutti Frutti bracelet all the time – they aren’t Cartier, but the exact same style.

  16. Yorkie-lover - Reply

    July 8, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I bought a Cartier bracelet from a consignment shop in Japan. There is no writing in it. I’m afraid it is a fake. I filed a chargeback with my bank but I need to get the bracelet authenticated before 7/20/15. Can you help please? I live in NYC.

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      July 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Hi There,

      Unfortunately we cannot authenticate bracelets anymore, as Cartier doesn’t offer this service either. However a Love bangle without any engraving at all on the inside is a huge red flag!

  17. Yorkie-lover - Reply

    July 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Thank for your reply. Is there any way you could write that for me on letterhead for my bank? I just want to send this item back and get a refund. Thanks for any girl you can offer.

  18. sandra - Reply

    July 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I bought a Cartier love bangle 18K 19 750 IP 6688 white is any way to verify if its authentic? They gave me original box and certificate. Also bought a Cartier watch Pasha Pink Blue Dial Limited Edition Watch W3108199 Serial Number 2324 9222308UF also with box and certificate is there any way to verify if both are authentic? Please advise. Thank you

  19. marko - Reply

    November 14, 2015 at 12:07 am

    HELLO ,

    I have a question ,

    does the love bangle come with a card like Rolex does. ?
    Also how can you tell when the love bangel was made the year it was made?

  20. melissa - Reply

    January 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Hi, do you know when cartier lover bracelet change from the old model to new model ( the screw part I mean, old one is removable and the new one is not )

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      January 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for reading! The newest model was released in 2011.

  21. Susan price - Reply

    January 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    H there,I have a Cartier bangle with ’17 *100 Cartier ‘ inscribed on the inside,it also has the letter c in a circle and another small symbol with the numbers NH5150 ,could you tell me if I have a fake? Thankyou for your time.
    Susan price

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      January 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Susan, thanks so much for reading! Unfortunately we can no longer authenticate Cartier Love bangles (for more info, read here: http://raymondleejewelers.net/blog/why-we-cant-authenticate-cartier/) That blog post also has a few tips about shopping smart and red flags we personally look for when shopping. Thank you again for reading!

  22. Kathy - Reply

    March 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Is it normal for a cartier love bracelet not have the size number marked in the bracelet? I was told that the bracelet was a older version and it is the cuff not the closed version (where you need a screw) it has all the other markings but the size number. Could the bracelet be real?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      March 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Kathy! It’s possible, unfortunately we can no longer authenticate Love bracelets, cuffs, or bangles.

  23. Al Rodz - Reply

    March 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Hi, I recently found a Love bracelet on the beach in Miami. Didn’t think much about it because it was in two pieces. Until I got home and realized that it wasn’t broken at all. Once I looked it up it turns out its a real Cartier Love Bracelet (18K yellow gold). Not sure what I should do with it.

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      March 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Al, we will be happy to take a look if you are interested in selling.

  24. Al Rodz - Reply

    March 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I will contact you guys. Thank you.

  25. Robin - Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I am considering buying a rose gold LOVE that I saw at a reputable jewelry store in Los Angeles. However, the serial number has a “J1” after it and the serial number, Hallmark, etc… are on the opposite half as the yellow gold I own that was purchased from Cartier. I was told that it is from Japan. Does anyone know if that is accurate?

    • Raymond Lee Jewelers - Reply

      April 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Hi Robin!

      I talked to our owners about this question and they agree it could be correct. Unfortunately because of today’s knock offs that are so super perfect we don’t really recommend buying a preowned one with out documentation from Cartier and from our experience Cartier will not authenticate anything unless you are the original owner. Even reputable stores can make mistakes (as we can unfortunately testify!)

  26. Carolyn - Reply

    April 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    My mother gave me a lovely bangle 20 years ago that looks like a Love bracelet. It has the Cartier logo inside alongside the number 526. I think it’s a fake, though, because it’s stamped 9ct. She bought it at an auction in England without any provenance. Am I right to assume it’s not authentic? Thanks!

    • Liz at RLJ - Reply

      April 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Hi Carolyn!

      It’s impossible for us to say without seeing it (and even then it would be an educated guess.) It could be real, because the vintage pieces from the 70’s didn’t have the same authenticity markers that more recent models do. The 9kt stamp would make us suspicious too though!

  27. Mark - Reply

    April 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I bought a love bracelet that was claimed to be 18k gold. the stamp on the inside is listed as and in this order

    750 19 Cartier R IP 8866 *001 (actually a star followed by 001 enclosed in a rectangle) followed by the alpha sign.

    Is this gold plated. I have seen other love bracelets with *IT0 in a rectangle and the stamp order different. I am very confused. Was hoping you had an immediate answer to this question.



    • Robin - Reply

      May 1, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Hi Mark,
      You can take it to a reputable jeweler to find out if it is solid 18k or simply gold plate. However, they may not be able to tell you if it is a real Cartier piece – the replicas are pretty darn near perfect.

      Good luck!

      • Mark - Reply

        May 4, 2016 at 1:55 am

        Any idea about the hallmarks. Are those usual or unusual. What does the 001 mean. The order etc

        • Robin - Reply

          May 4, 2016 at 2:23 pm


          The Hallmarks have evolved over the years, therefore it’s difficult to say. Just so you know, I purchased a rose gold that looked and felt PERFECT when compared with the two (while & yellow) that were purchased from Cartier Beverly Hills. However, I felt something was just not right about it. I couldn’t put a finger on it, so I wore it to Cartier BH. While on my wrist, the customer service said they could not authenticate, but it certainly appeared to be an authentic piece.
          But, upon returning home, I removed all three to clean the two I already owned as they were a bit dull as compared to the new one. And there it was — the screws on the inside were quite different from the real ones!!! It was an excellent counterfeit piece. I probably would not have noticed or known had I not had two real ones to compare it to.
          I immediately contacted the seller (on EBay) and he said to return it. I thought that is strange as he asked no questions. The return address was, well… let’s just say the name and address were different than what was on the delivery package I received and sounded familiar to a name that would be associated with making replica items.

          Good Luck! I suggest if you’re only saving a a thousand to fifteen hundred, go buy the real thing from Cartier.

    • nathan - Reply

      May 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I’ve saw the same one on eBay number is ip 6688 i don’t think there real i have a real one and there not in that order and all serial numbers are one off there a comment above with some one asking about the same serial number

  28. mary joy - Reply

    May 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I have cartier bangles but It doesn’t have a cartier stamp inside, It is 14 karat, there’s a stamp “585” and italy on the lock. Is it authentic or replica?

    • Liz at RLJ - Reply

      May 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Hi Mary Joy! Unfortunately we can no longer authenticate Cartier Love bangles.

  29. Jackie - Reply

    May 21, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I ordered the Cartier screwdriver pendant on eBay from Japan and it comes with the certificate. Problem is that the certificate doesn’t have the red Cartier stamp or the cc seal on it. Seller said the store that sold the piece was not a direct Cartier boutique therefore there is no stamping. Can this be true and the piece still authentic? I have until Monday to cancel the order. Please help

    • Liz at RLJ - Reply

      May 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Hi Jackie,

      It’s possible that it’s authentic, for example if we sold a screwdriver separately we might not have any papers for it at all. It would be weird for them to sell it with their own certificate though, as the Cartier one is really what matters.

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