The Cartier nail bracelet, or Juste Un Clou (which literally means “just a nail” in French) looks sleek, modern and minimalistic. The design is, after all, literally just a bent nail shaped like a bangle. However, this modern-looking bracelet is actually a vintage piece that boasts a rich history.
The Timeline of Cartier's Nail Bracelet
Just turning 50 in 2021, the nail bracelet from Cartier was released in 1971, as an androgynous, modern piece that the brand hoped would appeal to younger audiences. That’s exactly what happened, with designer Aldo Cipullo’s bracelet gaining a quick cult following.
While the bracelets from the 1970s might be more easily found in your mother or grandmother’s jewelry box today, you might be familiar with the rerelease of the Juste Un Clou bracelet. In 2012, the simple standalone bracelet with the simple French name was rereleased, alongside an entire jewelry collection under the Juste Un Clou name, with rings and bangles in rose gold, white gold and yellow gold, as well as diamonds accents for some pieces. Of course, every piece in the collection looked like “just a nail.” In 2017, the collection grew even further, to include earrings, cufflinks, a necklace and tie pins (the necklace was famously worn by Meghan Markle in 2022).
You can still buy the bangle new, from Cartier, though you can also find the vintage, 1970s edition with a little luck and searching. Be careful, though — as is the case with all wildly popular and simple pieces, this bracelet has its fair share of copycats.
Source: Who What Wear