In the 1970s, jewellery designer Aldo Cipullo put a luxurious spin on a simple, everyday piece of hardware by crafting the Juste un Clou bracelet for Cartier New York. Comprising a single, elongated nail that looped around the wearer’s wrist, the bracelet quickly became a hit among fashionistas because of its utilitarian-chic aesthetic.
Its effortlessly edgy appeal didn’t end there. In 2012, the brand revived its Juste un Clou design by translating it into an assortment of necklaces, rings, earrings and, yes, more bracelets. These jewels were fashioned in yellow, pink and white gold, and some even came bedecked with glittering diamonds.
Celebrities and models the likes of Kristen Stewart, Miranda Kerr and Alexandra Ambrosio embraced these industrial-cool pieces, and it wasn’t long before Cartier’s classic nail bracelet became the latest ‘It’ accessory to possess.
Taking into account the Juste un Clou line’s timeless style, Cartier recently added several new designs to its repertoire. A highlight is the Juste un Clou torque, a sleek nail-shaped necklace available in options of yellow, pink and white gold, and encrusted with diamonds on the nail’s head and tip.
For those seeking something a little more ostentatious, there’s also a white gold version of the necklace that comes completely paved with sparklers. Other items include yellow and pink gold rings festooned with diamonds.
In the same vein as its refreshed Juste un Clou range, the maison has also rolled out its Écrou de Cartier line of bracelets — which opts for a similarly utilitarian path with its use of nuts (the hardware, not the dry fruit) as decorative ornaments. The bracelets are fashioned in pink and white gold, and are each adorned with six octagonal nuts.