A Tennis bracelet is for someone looking for a sparkling and graceful piece of jewelry to adorn the wrist. If you’ve ever wondered what it is or how it has got this unique name, keep reading.
Tennis Bracelet – The Name
The most intriguing aspect of a Tennis Bracelet is its name itself. Earlier known as ‘diamond line’ or ‘eternity’ bracelets, tennis bracelets usually consist of a line of diamonds of the same size, shape, color, and clarity set side by side to make a complete circle. They come in different metals like yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, sterling silver, and platinum.
So, what is so ‘tennis’ about this bracelet that it had to be named after the sport? This unique name was coined so with the courtesy of the top-rated and successful tennis player of the ‘70s- Chris Evert, who was not only a competitor but also a winner of US Open Championship. During a ferocious US Open match in 1987, Evert’s diamond bracelet made by the jewelry designer George Bedewi flew off her wrist due to a broken clasp. Evert asked the officials on the court if the game could be halted so that she could look for the bracelet. This game was paused and resumed after she recovered her bracelet. Since this game was telecast live and Evert was considered no less than a fashion icon, the bracelet created enough buzz to become the talk of the town. But it was only when Evert in her subsequent interview, named the missing accessory her ‘Tennis Bracelet,’ that the name gained currency. Today, it has become common to see celebrities and tennis players like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova sport tennis bracelets that cost millions of dollars.
Styles and Types
Due to its popularity, different types and styles of tennis bracelets with vintage and modern hints have gained popularity. Since not all people can afford to own this extravagant accessory, a lot of variations that suit the need and budget of the buyers have come up. Tennis bracelets are available as single, double, three, or four-row bracelets with multiple and varying rows of the gems. The tennis bracelet with cubic zirconia closely resembles the original Chris Evert design with a tongue clasp securing the bracelet to the wrist. Other types of bracelets include diamond accents, sapphire, turquoise, and cubic zirconia Bangle tennis bracelets.
Picking the Right Tennis Bracelet
While buying a tennis bracelet, it is essential to ensure that the gemstones are extremely secure in the structure so that they don’t fall off from the bracelet. Also, the clasps, both original and safety ones should be strong enough to stay on your wrist, unless you want to have a Chris Evert moment of your own. To have the most comfortable fit, one should aim for the bracelet that is neither too tight nor too slouchy on your wrist. If you can slip the finger in the space between your wrist and the bracelet, the fit is perfect. Your lifestyle is also an essential subjective cue to be considered while picking a bracelet. Buying these bracelets from a reputable vendor is also very significant to ensure quality and great value.
Tennis bracelets use multiple small diamonds, that’s why they are measured in total carat weight rather than by the size of the diamonds. The diamond weight can range from one carat to 11 carats in total weight depending on the number of stones and their size. A tennis bracelet’s price depends on the metal type, quantity, and size of diamonds.