Why Is It Called A Tennis Bracelet?

What is a tennis bracelet?

Tennis bracelets are delicate, classy bracelets with a symmetric pattern of diamonds. They are also simply known as diamond bracelets. Traditionally, it was a gold bracelet fully set with connected diamonds. These days, however, there are countless variations in precious metals and settings. The thickness, too, can vary, with the possibility to choose between a thick or thin gold bracelet with smaller or larger diamonds.

Where does its name come from?

The name ‘tennis bracelet’ refers to professional tennis player Chris Evert who was highly successful between 1972 and 1989. She lost her diamond bracelet, designed by George Bedewi, during the US Open in 1978. The closure of the bracelet snapped, causing the bracelet to go missing. Evert promptly asked to suspend the game until her diamond bracelet was found. As of that day, this diamond bracelet was called a tennis bracelet. Many tennis celebrities today, such as Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, wear these exquisite bracelets as well.

Incidentally, the pausing of the game had no negative impact on the outcome. Evert, second on the world ranking, won the tournament for a fourth time. 

How to pick the perfect Tennis Bracelet?

A tennis bracelet is an essential in every jewellery box. A subtle chain or an eye-catching statement? That depends fully on your personal style. If you want to highlight your appearance with different jewels, it is best to choose a simple and discrete tennis bracelet that complements your look. Even if you don’t wear that many jewels because of your active lifestyle, the durable yet elegant tennis bracelet is a valuable acquisition. 

Don't forget, you don't want a Chris Evert moment. So for this particular design of bracelet it's important to make sure they aren't too loose otherwise they may snag. Those that are too tight can pinch or stretch so getting the perfect fit is important. You can always check our Sizing Chart if you wish to get the perfect measurements and sizes.

One important feature that you will want to be sure that your diamond tennis bracelet includes is a safety clasp that will keep your bracelet, firmly and secure on your wrist, just incase the original clasp was to come open or worse, break.

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Tennis Bracelet Styles

The bracelet has come on in leaps and bounds from it's original simplistic one row design. Today, there are so many tennis bracelet styles, with extremely intricate metal work, they can come with multiple rows of diamonds, in different shapes and sizes. Available in a number of metals and with a number of diamond carat possibilities, they really are gorgeous and elegant pieces of jewellery, perfect for both day to day wear and special occasions.

We can't thank Chris Evert enough, without her, we wouldn't have had these beautiful pieces of jewellery. We hope you have learnt a little bit about the history of the Tennis Bracelet and how to choose the perfect one. We have a huge range of designs available, so if you are interested in our tennis bracelets, or maybe even our Tennis Necklaces, please feel free to browse online or, alternatively you could visit one of our stores in South San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Birmingham, London or Manchester.