Tennis tournament season is upon us. Australian Open has just finished and the women’s U.S. Open is coming soon. So it’s now the best time to search for a tennis bracelet – a beautiful and sophisticated piece of jewellery that comes with a meaningful story.
During the U.S Open match in 1987, professional tennis player, Chris Evert wore a diamond eternity bracelet in a highly competitive game, which was an exceptionally long rally. Halfway into the game, Chris Evert requested for a timeout. It was because the diamond bracelet that she was wearing has broken and fallen off her wrist. The force of Evert’s swing sent her diamond eternity bracelet soaring off her wrist. This brought the match to a standstill, so that a search can be carried out, the piece was recovered.
Answering at an interview after the match, she called the diamond eternity bracelet “Tennis Bracelet”.
Since that day, the iconic name was born.
How to Wear Tennis Bracelet Safely
This Evert’s incident brought Tennis Bracelet into the national spotlight and worldwide platform, sales of the bracelet surged.
GIA Gemologist Amanda Koo suggests a few ways so you can wear your bracelet without fear:
- In addition to the clasp, request for an additional safety catch on the side of the bracelet for added security
- Send in the tennis bracelet to be checked routinely by an experienced jeweller to make sure the clasp, safety catch, and mountings are still secured. eClarity diamonds provides lifetime diamond check by Jewellery Expert for every eClarity bracelet
- Periodic cleaning keep the diamond claws free of hardened particles that might weaken the holding of diamonds.
- Consider carefully if you should really wear the Tennis Bracelet for a tennis game, or a romantic dinner.
Tennis Bracelet Designs
There are three different types of settings to choose from: prong, channel and bezel. Each type of setting holds the diamonds securely in place on the bracelet and changes the level of light reflection and overall look and feel.
You also need to consider if you like the diamonds of the bracelets to fill up full circle, half circle, or anything in between.
Below, we will share the top 10 tennis bracelet and its variants, that will give you a grand hand at the grandstand.
- 2 Prongs
In this setting, 2 prongs per diamond are used to hold the stone in place. It’s a popular choice as it is secure but allows as much light as possible to pass through the diamond.
- 3 prongs
A 3 prongs tennis bracelet has three extended metal pieces at the side of each stone, creating a triangular housing.
The clasp of this bracelet deserves a special mention, it is hidden behind a special butterfly shaped cluster diamonds.
- 4 prongs
A 4 prongs tennis bracelet has four tiny metallic beads at the sides of each stone on the bracelet, forming a squarish housing. The 4 prongs tennis bracelet with its square shape brings timeless and extravagant continuous free-flowing diamond chain.
- Channel Bracelet
This design features two thin rows of metal holding the diamonds in the middle, and the diamonds fit tightly together. The metal secures and protect the diamonds, but it can limit sparkle obstructing light.
- Full Circle/ Half Circle
A full circle gives complete sparkle from angles 360 degrees, a half circle gives the same sparkle from the top with nearly half the price.
Bezel set tennis bracelet features each of the diamond surrounded completely by metal. This setting is very safe as they keep each diamond safely in place. However, this design tends to highlight the metal as much as the diamonds and minimize the diamond’s sparkle because of the reduced refraction of light.
- Graduating Sizes or Clustered or Solitaire Diamonds
To have a more centralized attraction focus, there could be a centre piece which is bigger in size.
Halo tennis bracelet features centre diamonds surrounded by small diamonds in each bracelet link. This design creates an elegant look and increases sparkle.
- Rose Gold
Changing metal colors is one way to create a different variety of tennis bracelets. You can always customize the color of tennis bracelets to rose gold, yellow gold, champagne gold or even two-tone color according to your taste.
- Different Shape of Diamond
Another way to change up the look of a tennis bracelet is to choose the diamond shape other than round. This shape is the most popular, and most tennis bracelets feature round diamonds. However, think of shapes like oval, emerald, princess, marquise or pear for a unique, stylish look.