The Jewelry Insider

August 27, 2008

We’re used to seeing diamonds on tennis’s hottest stars at the US Open every summer. Serena Williams wore $40,000 diamond chandeliers one year that fell off during a set! We know you’re supposed to ‘leave everything on the court’ out there, but that’s taking things a bit far.

This year, tennis phenom Asia Muhammad brought the bling to a new level. The Las Vegas youngster from Andre Agassi’s’s tennis academy put diamonds on her tennis racket! Famous Las Vegas jeweler, Michael E. Minden, adorned Asia’s signature pink racquet with two diamond letter A’s. The VS quality pave set rocks are set above her grip and weigh in at one carat.

“This is the first time I’ve actually put diamonds on a piece of athletic equipment,” notes Minden. “However, we came up with a special process to affix it to the racquet, with a special technology to transfer the letters to a new racquet when Asia wears out the first one.”

She’ll unfortunately have to bring it back to the Vegas courts after losing her opening match yesterday in two sets. Maybe one carat wasn’t enough to impress the tennis gods? There’s always next year, Asia. We give you a solid “A” for effort!

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