The timeless tennis bracelet returns – and it’s back for both men and women. Striking yet delicate, they can elevate any outfit glamorously, even when worn casually with a pair of jeans and a white shirt.
Cardi B was recently seen sporting a souped-up, personalised diamond bracelet and matching necklace with baby Kulture’s name spelt out in eye-popping pavé diamond letters. Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott also recently bought custom tennis bracelets with baby Stormi’s name decked out in diamonds. But tennis bracelets are not only the reserve of rappers and royalty, this is a jewellery stand essential, a versatile piece that can be enjoyed by all.
What we love about our tennis bracelets is that they come in all shapes, sizes and precious metals and make an excellent gift to be exchanged between both men and women. Depending on your style and budget, there is the perfect diamond tennis bracelet out there for everyone.
There are many ways to sport diamonds on your wrist; tennis bracelets, charm bracelets, bangle bracelets, rope bracelets, cuff bracelets and mesh bracelets. Timeless tennis bracelets have remained an enduring choice throughout the last century. The best thing about them? They represent cool, every day, understated glamour.
But, why such a sporty moniker for such an un-sporty, decadent accessory? Well, first things first, the elegant string of diamonds used to be referred to as an eternity bracelet (you’ll notice their likeness to the classic eternity ring) but were not reborn as the ‘tennis bracelet’ until 1978 (more on this shortly). The Roaring Twenties fostered a love of flexible bracelets – also known as ‘line’ or ‘thin-lined’ bracelets – which adorned the wrists of young women wanting to embellish their flapper dresses and wear large, ostentatious earrings to compensate for their newly-on-trend, garconne-esque bobs. These matched other favourite jewellery pieces including large necklaces dripping with diamonds to show off and decorate the décolletage. Worn in the 1920s by the wrist full, these diamond bracelets used to emphasise luxury and opulence – with people often wearing several at the same time. In keeping with the times during such a time of excess, as the saying goes, the more the merrier.
To understand their name, you have to fast forward nearly sixty years. These delicate diamond bracelets owe their name and reputation almost entirely to the American tennis star Chris Evert, who liked to adorn her wrists with a thin-lined diamond bracelet during tennis matches. In 1978, during a particularly the US Open, she briefly lost her bracelet on court and the match had to be paused. The fact that she was wearing such a delicate piece of jewellery for such a rigorous game of tennis certainly altered the perception of many as to what the diamond bracelet represented – and set the tone for glamorous court-style thereafter. This sparked a fresh flurry of demand for diamond bracelets with elegantly embodied simple, low-key glamour. Even now, Serena Williams is rarely seen on the court without at least one diamond accessory in tow.
Stunning and timeless, diamond tennis bracelets can be enjoyed by men wanting to make a bold statement. Some of the more popular choices for men are white gold, platinum or titanium, which look superb when matched either with a watch, a pair of diamond cuff links and a smart jacket or dress shirt.
When you are searching for a diamond bracelet, you need to find a trusted jeweller, so you know that you are receiving certified diamonds. Knowing the Four Cs of diamonds – cut, clarity, colour, and carat – will also help you in deciding which diamond bracelet is the right choice for you. It is essential to know how diamonds are graded and what colour you are looking for when buying a diamond bracelet. Diamonds come in many spectacular colours that are sure to be eye-pleasing on your wrist.