By Jeannie Lacroix
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Have you ever wondered why a diamond tennis bracelet is called a tennis bracelet?
“There is a fascinating story about how the tennis bracelet which has suddenly found itself fiercely back in fashion in 2020 got its name,” says Jeannie Lacroix. “But then again,” she continues, “diamond tennis bracelets never went out of style. They are timeless. Always in style because of their understated elegance and cross cultural appeal. “
Of course, tennis bracelets don’t have to be diamonds. They can be any number of other precious stones, like this sapphire tennis bracelet you see here, and still be called a tennis bracelet. And they don’t have to be outrageously expensive. You can get a tennis bracelet, a diamond tennis bracelet, for less than $500.
So how did the tennis bracelet become a tennis bracelet? Tennis bracelets were made popular by American tennis superstar Chris Evert Lloyd who dominated international women’s tennis from 1972 – 1989. Miss Evert loved tennis bracelets and wore them during her tennis matches, and one year her bracelet broke and fell off during a match and they had to stop the match so that she could retrieve it. This was during one of her matches in either 1978 or 1987. It depends on who you ask. Some people say the term “tennis bracelet” was coined in 1978 and some say it was at the US Open in 1987. It was a George Bedewi diamond tennis bracelet. And the safetsy clasp broke.
These days, a tennis bracelet is not obliged to be in diamonds. Of course, diamonds are the best and most classic for “in line” bracelets. They are also the most expensive. This diamond tennis bracelet here is a classic example of the difference in prices. It is an exquisite piece of jewelry to be sure, but at 10 CT, it is not cheap. Are you obliged to spend upwards of $12,000 dollars for a tennis bracelet? No. It is ok to have other precious stones or even cubic zirconia tennis bracelets. And it can be a thin line of diamonds, or several lines strong together. It is still a tennis bracelet.
A tennis bracelet should fit loosely on the wrist, but not too loosely. You should be able to fit your thumb between the bracelet and your wrist.
Tennis bracelets look better if worn alone without a lot of other distracting jewelry on your hands. This diamond & ruby Eternity Tennis Bracelet in Yellow Gold is a perfect example of a tennis bracelet that looks best alone.