Why is a tennis bracelet called a tennis bracelet?

Why is a tennis bracelet called a tennis bracelet?

The timeless elegance of tennis bracelets

Jewellery is often more than just an accessory; it is a statement, a symbol and sometimes a piece of history. Among the myriad of jewellery pieces that have captured the hearts of enthusiasts and casual wearers alike, the tennis bracelet stands out for its elegance, versatility and unique story.

What is a tennis bracelet?

A tennis bracelet is a type of bracelet that features a line of small, individually set diamonds or gemstones connected by a thin precious metal chain. These bracelet are known for their simplicity and elegance, often characterised by a symmetrical arrangement of diamonds that exude sophistication. The clasp is usually secure, ensuring that the bracelet stays in place even during vigorous activities.

Why is a tennis bracelet called a tennis bracelet?

The term ‘tennis bracelet’ is a relatively modern moniker and its origins are tied to an interesting event in sporting history. The name gained popularity after an incident involving professional tennis player Chris Evert during the US Open in 1987.

Chris Evert, known for her grace both on and off the tennis court, was wearing a diamond bracelet during one of her matches. During an intense rally, the clasp on her bracelet broke, causing it to fall off. Evert famously asked the officials to pause the match until she could retrieve her precious jewellery.  The moment was widely televised and viewers were captivated by the idea of a bracelet so beautiful and beloved that it warranted halting a major sporting event. From that point on, the style of bracelet she was wearing became known as a ‘tennis bracelet’.

Why are tennis bracelets so popular?

One of the most appealing aspects of tennis bracelets is their versatility. They can be worn with a wide range of outfits, from casual daywear to elegant evening attire. The simple, yet striking, design complements both minimalist and elaborate styles, making it a staple in many jewellery collections.

What to tennis bracelets symbolise? Why are tennis bracelets sentimental sometimes?

Tia Tennis Bracelet
Stunning Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia, luxury but affordable tennis bracelet

Tennis bracelets are sometimes given to mark significant life events such as birthdays, milestones, or anniversaries. Their timeless design makes them a cherished gift that can be passed down through generations. The continuous line of stones symbolises eternity, making it a popular choice for romantic occasions.

How to choos the perfect tennis bracelet

When selecting a tennis bracelet you should think about several factors to ensure that your chosen piece aligns with your personal style and preferences.

Metal type: tennis bracelets are usually made from precious metals like gold, platinum or sterling silver. Naturally, these metals vary in colour as well as price.

Diamond Quality: the quality of the diamonds or gemstones is crucial in determining the overall brilliance and value of the bracelet. If you’re choosing diamonds, consider the four C’s: carat weight, cut, colour and clarity. Higher quality stones will have the best brilliance and fewest inclusions (natural imperfections) contributing to a more stunning appearance. However they will also be the most expensive so it may be that you need to consider alternatives.

We have two styles of tennis bracelet: the Tia Tennis bracelet and the Tania bracelet. They vary slightly in length but also in weight as well as the clasp. Both make stunning additions to any jewellery collection and will make a beautiful gift.

“I absolutely adore my Tania bracelet and never take it off. It works for smart and casual and I would feel lost without it!”  Sarah, London

Our Tania tennis bracelet is made of AAA grade cubic zirconia and sterling silver. Finished with a secure clasp and with beautifully set stones it offers you the chance to own a beautiful stone sterling silver bracelet at a fraction of the cost. This is also a popular alternative for those going on holiday who want to take some glamorous jewellery away with them, without risking travelling with real diamond jewellery.

Tania Tennis Bracelet
Tania Tennis bracelet

Length and fit: the bracelet should fit comfortably around the wrist without being too tight or too loose. A good rule of thumb is to ensure you can slip one finger between the bracelet and your wrist for a perfect fit.

Caring for your tennis bracelet

To maintain the beauty and longevity of your tennis bracelet, proper care is essential. Here are some tips:

Regular cleaning: clean your bracelet regularly with a soft brush and mild soapy water to remove dirt and oils that can dull the shine of the stones

Avoid spraying perfumes and applying lotions on your bracelet

Storage: store your bracelet in one of our anti-tarnish soft pouches to protect It from scratches and damage when you’re not wearing it.

Love for tennis bracelets:

The tennis bracelet is more than just a piece of jewellery; it is a testament to timeless elegance. Whether you are drawn to its history, its symbolic meaning, or its sheer beauty, it is a valuable and versatile addition to any jewellery collection. By understanding its origins, appreciating its design and knowing how to choose and care for one, you can enjoy the enduring charm of this exquisite accessory for years to come.

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