What Is a Tennis Bracelet? And Why Is It Called That?

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 tennis bracelets are, the story behind their name, 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 metal chain connects the diamonds. The chain consists of individual links that give the bracelet flexibility, yet hold the diamonds close together.

What Is a Tennis Bracelet
A classic diamond tennis bracelet

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 tennis bracelets?

Many people desire to own a tennis bracelet 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.

Tennis bracelet in gold with 2 carats of diamonds

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 bracelet styles that feature other shapes, like the square princess cut diamond 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.

Tennis bracelet with 4 carats of diamonds in a rubover setting

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 kind of a setting do they have?

  • In classic styles, the diamonds are often held in a claw setting, which means that there are 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.
  • A cluster setting means that, instead of single diamonds placed in each link of the bracelet, you’ll have a cluster of tiny diamonds set very closely together, mimicking the look of a larger diamond.
  • Finally, for tiny diamonds, an illusion setting is used where the metal mimics the facets of the diamonds, making them seem larger.
Tennis bracelet with 3 carats of diamonds in a cluster setting

Are tennis bracelets made with gold?

They can be made with any precious metal, including platinum, gold or silver.

What about tennis bracelets with coloured gems?

For purists, classic tennis bracelets can only feature diamonds. But in reality, this is a question of taste. Therefore, some do feature gems alongside the diamonds. Plus there are also designs made solely with coloured gemstones.

Tennis bracelet made with different types of coloured gems

Will my bracelet fall off like Chris Evert’s did?

No. Ours come with a modern double-security clasp that will keep your bracelet firmly on your wrist. (However, we don’t recommend wearing your most expensive jewellery during hard physical activity because you could easily knock it, scratch it or damage the setting.)

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Are they worth the money?

Yes. Firstly, a tennis bracelet with high-quality diamonds is a good financial investment. Secondly, it is such a timeless item that it will give you a lifetime of wear and joy. Finally, in terms of sentimental value, it is a highly coveted “big occasion” gift that will often turn into a family heirloom.

Silver tennis bracelet in a rubover setting

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 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.

Tennis bracelet in silver with 0.57 carats of diamonds in 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. When worn together, they create an ultra luxurious look.

What Is a Tennis Bracelet

Can both men and women wear them?

Absolutely. Tennis bracelets can be worn by any gender.

When and where can you wear them?

A tennis bracelet is the most versatile of all wrist jewellery. This means that you can wear it anywhere, anytime, whether it’s during the day with jeans or with a little black dress for a glamorous event. This elegant bracelet will always accessorise you with a perfect touch of understated luxury and style.

Is a tennis bracelet a good gift idea?

Yes. A quintessential gift item for important occasions, it is guaranteed to make someone you love very happy. Consider it perfect for anniversaries, round-number birthdays and other big celebrations. What’s best, is that it will always remind your loved one of the special day you spent together.

Read more for buying tips:

How to Buy a Diamond Bracelet for a Woman?

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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