The tennis bracelet is a classic and it can be seen on almost every women’s arm next to the Love bracelet by Cartier. With its different diamond shapes and carats, the tennis bracelet has won its place thanks to its flexible design and its delicate diamond symmetry.
But, have you ever wondered how did it all start? The name, the fascination? Well, today we will be giving you a crash course in diamond history to reveal all of the tennis bracelet’s secrets.
The name is no coincidence; it arose after Chris Evert, women’s tennis champion, lost her diamond bracelet designed by George Bedewi during a match in the 1978 US Open. Evert asked officials to postpone her match until the bracelet had been found, leaving all viewers to watch her search for the expensive bracelet and as of that day, this exact type of diamond bracelet was named a Tennis Bracelet.
And if this wasn’t enough to rise it to fame, the tennis bracelet had and still has its fair share of celebrities wearing it like Queen Elizabeth II who owns a diamond quatrefoil bracelet that was passed down by her mother, Penelope Cruz who wore a 24 carat heart shaped bracelet that we are still dreaming about, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian West, and Bella Hadid amongst many others
What is a tennis bracelet you might ask? Well traditionally it was a gold bracelet made out of 18k gold with a full set of connecting diamonds in various shapes and settings, this has not changed but nowadays we play more on its thickness and its countless variations of precious metals.
The most important part of owning a tennis bracelet is determining its quality before buying it and to achieve that you will have to consider the metal used, the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight of the diamonds.
So let’s start with the chain; usually jewellers use 18k gold in white, rose and yellow tones as is the most durable but platinum bracelets exist and both options are great for everyday wear.
The bracelet can contain one row (the classic) or two and even three rows of diamond, it’s important to try it on to determine what fits nicely on your wrist.
Next, the fun and expansive part; the diamond selection. Most tennis bracelets use round cut diamonds, although some styles incorporate emerald cuts or princess cuts. Determine a budget and according to that you can select the number of carats you can put in the bracelet, however it is important to know that the diamonds in tennis bracelets are usually too small to make the expense of grading the diamonds worthwhile and because there are no certifications for most tennis bracelet diamonds, it’s especially important to buy a tennis bracelet from a thoroughly vetted, reputable vendor.
The last part of the bracelet is your settings that are usually one of three varieties: prong, channel or
bezel. Each style securely holds the diamond and offers a unique look with prongs beings visible on the four sides of each diamond, channels being designed with two rows of thin metal to hold the stone on either side making the diamonds fit closely together and Bezels being a full metal crown surrounding the stone.
Whatever style you choose, the tennis bracelet is timeless and will be a great piece of heirloom to pass
down your own family tree and if that’ not motivation enough just remember that its resell value stays intact, making it a great investment that you can flaunt on your wrist.