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What is a Diamond Tennis Bracelet?

10th December 2020

by Tara W.

diamond tennis bracelet

A diamond tennis bracelet is one of the most luxurious bracelet styles in the world. A tennis bracelet is designed to be part of your jewellery collection forever and is perfect for gifting to mark special milestones. This iconic bracelet style is a great way to add a luxurious edge to any outfit. But what is a diamond tennis bracelet? We answer everything you need to know about this luxe piece of jewellery.

What is a tennis bracelet?

A diamond tennis bracelet is a bracelet that contains a single or multiple rows of diamonds on a thin, precious metal band. This luxurious bracelet style oozes glamour due to the number of diamonds involved in the piece. It also means tennis bracelets can command high prices - making them great heirloom pieces.

Why is it called a tennis bracelet?

The tennis bracelet got its name thanks to the professional US tennis player Chris Evert. During a match in the US Open, her diamond tennis bracelet broke and fell off her wrist. She then asked officials to stop the tennis match until it was recovered and, during an interview, she called the bracelet her “tennis bracelet”. Jewellers across the world then recreated the bracelet, with inline diamonds and a secure clasp, and named it a tennis bracelet.

How to choose the perfect tennis bracelet

tennis bracelet styles

If you are looking to purchase a tennis bracelet, you should first consider the reason you are buying one. Are you searching for a gift for someone special, are you buying one for yourself on a special occasion or for an important event or milestone? 

If you are looking for a tennis bracelet to wear every day, it is a good idea to consider your lifestyle. If you are particularly active or accident-prone, you may prefer to choose a bezel setting as it is less prone to snagging. You should always make sure your tennis bracelet fits correctly, so you don’t risk it falling off or getting caught on something and breaking. 

Tennis bracelet styles

There are many different styles of tennis bracelets and, like most things, there is no “best” design as it is dependent on taste and preference. Some diamond tennis bracelets have only one row of diamonds, whereas others can have multiple.

Single row tennis bracelets

single row tennis bracelet

A single row tennis bracelet is one of the most popular and simplistic styles. This classic and timeless piece features a single row of diamonds, in any diamond shape, and can be bought in a variety of carat weights depending on your taste. They pair perfectly with watches and other bracelet styles and can be worn easily both day or night.

Double row tennis bracelets

double row tennis bracelet

A double row tennis bracelet provides a twist on the classic single row style. It consists of two rows of beautiful diamonds and can be found in several metal types and diamond carats. This style of bracelet is luxurious enough to be worn with evening attire or on your wedding day.

Multi row tennis bracelets

multi row tennis bracelet

A multi-row tennis bracelet is the most luxurious style of bracelet. This showstopping piece features multiple rows of diamonds for a serious amount of sparkle and is perfect for evening events or special occasions. Due to the number of diamonds in this bracelet style, a multi-row tennis bracelet can command a high price, however, it is an investment piece that will be in your jewellery collection forever.

Tennis bracelet settings

There are a few tennis bracelet settings to consider. The setting is what holds the diamonds in place, and each setting style creates a different finish. Choose from bezel, prong and channel settings for your tennis bracelet depending on your preference.

Prong setting

A prong setting consists of three or four metal prongs to keep each diamond in place. This setting style allows plenty of light to pass through and reflect off the diamond. 

Channel setting

A channel setting consists of diamonds sandwiched between two rows of metal. This setting style has a clean, modern finish where the diamonds sit closely together.

Bezel or half bezel setting

A bezel or half bezel setting is one where the diamond is fully or partially encircled with metal. The metal surrounds the stone to create a secure setting style that is ideal for those who are accident-prone.

When to buy tennis bracelets

tennis bracelet being worn

Tennis bracelets are great as gifts for a loved one or even as a treat for yourself. There is no right or wrong answer as to when you should buy a tennis bracelet, and it should be entirely your own choice. Often, tennis bracelets are passed down for generations as family heirlooms due to their beauty and value and are a popular accessory for a bride on her wedding day.

Diamond tennis bracelets make ideal gifts for the following occasions and milestones:

  • Wedding anniversary 

  • Birth of a child

  • Birthday 

  • Valentine’s Day 

  • Job promotion

  • Graduation 

  • Wedding gift

  • Retirement

  • Special achievements

  • Christmas gift

Tennis bracelets exude beauty like no other jewellery piece and are the ultimate luxury jewellery gift. Discover our other diamonds bracelets or head to our other article to learn how to clean your tennis bracelet at home.