What is a tennis bracelet? And why is it called that? This classic piece of diamond jewellery is a luxurious accessory you wear on your wrist. Its name was invented in 1987, when pro tennis player, Chris Evert, had a little mishap with a diamond bracelet during a US Open rally…
In this article, we explain what these bracelets are, what the story behind their name is, and the different styles available today.
What is a tennis bracelet?
It is a bracelet with a continuous line of diamonds that go all around the wrist. A precious gold chain connects the diamonds. The chain consists of individual links that give the bracelet flexibility, yet hold the diamonds close together.
Why the name “tennis bracelet”?
This piece of jewellery owes its name to a famous incident at the 1987 US Open tournament. A women’s tennis pro called Chris Evert served a ball to her opponent so briskly that her diamond bracelet flew off her wrist. Because of that, the officials had to stop the match and help her find the bracelet, before the game could continue!
What is so special about them?
Many people desire to own one because it is an elegant, simple and luxurious style of jewellery. What’s more, it is also a very practical and versatile accessory because it is easy to match with any outfit and occasion, whether formal or casual.
What shape are the diamonds in a tennis bracelet?
Typically, all the diamonds in a tennis bracelet are the same shape. The most commonly used diamond shape in tennis bracelets is the round diamond. But you can also find some styles with other shapes of diamonds, like square princess cut diamonds or even clusters of diamonds.
What size are the diamonds?
The diamonds can vary from large solitaires to tiny ones. Note that jewellers measure diamond size as weight, in units called carats, and they always show the diamond carats of a bracelet as a total, rather than stating the individual carat weight of each diamond.
So for example, the total diamond weight of your bracelet could be 0.60 carats, 1 carat, 3 carats, 10 carats and so on.
What quality are the diamonds?
The diamond quality can vary from premium to flawless. The better the diamond quality, the more expensive the bracelet. However, as a rule of thumb, a H/Si quality is a great starting point for higher carat weights, and premium quality is perfectly acceptable for lower carat weights.
What about tennis bracelets with coloured gems?
For purists, classic tennis bracelets can only feature diamonds. But in reality, some do feature gems together with the diamonds, and there are also some designs made with only coloured gemstones. See our slideshow a little further down to see these different styles.
What kind of a setting do they have?
- In classic styles, the diamonds are often held in a claw setting, which means that four tiny metal prongs holding each diamond in place.
- At other times, a rubover setting is used, which esentially “wraps” the diamond in a round setting of precious metal.
- Finally, for tiny diamonds, an illusion setting is used where the metal mimics the facets of the diamonds, making them seem larger.
Different styles – click to view in sildeshow:
Are tennis bracelets made with gold?
They can be made with any precious metal, including platinum, gold or silver.
Will my bracelet fall off like Chris Evert’s did?
No, it shouldn’t. Whilst we don’t recommend wearing your most expensive jewellery when doing physical activity as you could easily knock it and damage the setting, a bracelet with a modern, secure clasp won’t fall off.
Are they fashionable jewellery items?
Tennis bracelets are what stylists call timeless pieces of jewellery, or jewellery essentials. They have gained this status because their design is so elegant and classic that they suit any decade, and therefore they stand beyond passing trends.
Are they worth the money?
Yes. Firstly, tennis bracelets made with high-quality diamonds are a good financial investment. Secondly, in terms of wearability, they will give you a lifetime of joy. Finally, in terms of sentimental value, they are highly coveted gifts that often turn into family heirlooms.
Are they expensive?
Because tennis bracelets feature so many diamonds, they can be expensive. For instance, gold tennis bracelet prices can start from around £1000. However, the good news is that if you’re on a budget, you can save money by buying a design made from silver, with sustainable lab diamonds, or an illusion setting.
How do you wear a tennis bracelet?
There are no real rules, although some people say that if you’re right-handed, you should wear bracelets on your left wrist – and vice versa – because this is more comfortable. However, it’s entirely up to you.
Can you wear many at the same time?
Yes. These sleek, sparkling strings of diamonds are perfect for layering. This means that when worn together, they create a super luxurious look, just like shown below.
When and where can you wear them?
This is the most versatile of all wrist jewellery. You can wear it anywhere, anytime, whether it’s during the day with jeans, or to accessorise a little black dress for a glamorous event.
Can a both men and women wear them?
Read more for buying tips:
How to Buy a Diamond Bracelet for a Man?
10 Best Diamond Tennis Bracelets
More questions? Our team of Personal Shoppers at The Diamond Store is always happy to hear from you, and help guide you to the best jewellery for you.
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