You’d be forgiven if you thought that tennis and diamonds have very little in common. However, one of the most exquisite pieces of jewellery is the tennis bracelet.
Wimbledon 2018 is in full swing. So why not take the opportunity to unravel the mystery behind the name given to this spectacular diamond bracelet of timeless elegance.
Where does the diamond tennis bracelet get its name?
The tennis bracelet gets its name thanks to the former World No. 1 tennis player, Christ Evert. In 1987, while playing a vigorous match at the US Open, the bracelet she was wearing broke and fell off. Evert asked the umpire to interrupt the game to allow her to retrieve her precious bracelet.
This style of diamond bracelet has been called tennis bracelet ever since.
The appeal of the diamond tennis bracelet
The diamond tennis bracelet is the ultimate classic item of diamond jewellery. Put simply, it is a row of diamonds set close to each other and linked with a flexible serpentine-like chain. The chain can be any of the precious metals, namely white gold, yellow gold or platinum.
This fine string of diamond is ideally worn loosely around the wrist, hanging gracefully like a drape. It is its simplicity and elegance that makes this diamond bracelet so very versatile to wear. It is the perfect fashion accessory to just about any outfit, from everyday wear to a breathtaking wedding dress.
Fabulous different diamond setting and styles
It must be set that the style of diamond bracelet existed long before the Chris Evert’s incident on the tennis court in 1987. However, ever since this interesting story, the demand for this simple, yet chic diamond bracelet increased dramatically. It has become an elegant fashion statement . It also makes a great gift for celebrating special occasions, such as anniversaries, graduations and birthdays.
The most popular style of tennis bracelet comes with round brilliant cut diamonds set in the classic 4 claw setting. The rubover or bezel setting is also fairly common and equally beautiful.
Although less popular, tennis bracelets also come set with an array of fancy shape diamonds, including princess cut and oval shape diamonds. It is not infrequent to see tennis bracelets with alternative diamond shapes, such as marquise cut diamonds with round diamonds in between. The result is always spectacular.
The evolution of the diamond tennis bracelet
The diamond tennis bracelet remains a classic. However, as coloured gemstone have become more fashionable in jewellery, the tennis bracelet has kept pace with this colourful trend. More frequently we are seeing tennis bracelets with a variety of coloured precious gemstones, such as blue sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
One of the more popular styles features alternating diamonds with a chosen coloured gemstone. As well as adding a dash of colour, the use of coloured gemstones make the style a more affordable item of jewellery.
What to keep in mind when shopping for a tennis bracelet?
Diamond characteristics: Look for the traditional 4Cs of a diamond, i.e. the carat, cut, clarity and colour.
Wrist size: A tennis bracelet must not fit too tight or hang too loose around the wrist.
Coloured gemstones: These are softer and mroe prone to damage compared to diamonds.
Ready to make your purchase?
Make an appointment with our jeweller to discuss your preferred style and the total carat for the diamond tennis bracelet you want to purchase. At Congenial Diamonds you are assured of the best diamond prices and excellent craftsmanship. We promise to turn your dream into reality by making a diamond tennis bracelet that you will wear and treasure for a lifetime.