The Jewelry Insider

May 10, 2011

Jewelry.Com Is Your Source For Tennis Bracelet Guidance. Elegant “In-Line” Styles, Are Definitely Where It’s At This Season For Tennis Bracelets.

It’s not often that a piece of jewelry is named for an accident, but such is the case with the ever-popular Tennis Bracelet. An “in-line” diamond bracelet that featured a thin symmetrical pattern of diamonds received the fashion nom de plume of tennis bracelet owing to an incident involving professional tennis player Chris Evert during a match in 1987. Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, had been wearing an elegant, expensive bracelet featuring an inline string of individually set and matched diamonds made by jeweler to the stars George Bedewi. When the clasp snapped, she asked the officials to stop the match until the gems could be found. Since that day, diamond bracelets created in this style have been called tennis bracelets. The tennis bracelet incident sparked a new name a huge jewelry trend with ripples that reach all the way to today’s runways. In fact, within the sport itself, tennis bracelets continue to be worn by various tennis stars like Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini.

Though the match in-line style is of vintage origins (see some of the antique pieces of Trifari) the tennis bracelets of today are some of the most popular accessories for formal occasions due to their luster and sparkle. Individual diamonds (or reasonable facsimiles) are placed in square settings and then strung into a bracelet held together by a clasp. The settings and support wiring may be constructed from silver or other quality jewelry metal. Key to the tennis bracelet trend is that these individual settings allow tennis bracelets to move comfortably while worn.

Other types of jewelry that share the form of tennis bracelets are referred to as tennis-style. Groups of different sized stones may be used in tennis-style bracelets, but the jewelry retains the inline look of original tennis bracelets. Classic tennis bracelets tend to feature a uniform arrangement of diamonds and can be very expensive.

One important element of well-constructed tennis bracelets is the safety latch. The clasp of a typical tennis bracelet depends on a springy metal latch = meshing securely with a hook. Over time, this clasp style can become less reliable. Therefore, jewelry designers include a secondary security measure in tennis bracelets. The two most common styles of safety latches are chains and figure eights. These measures ensure that, even if the main clasp separates, the figure eight loops will keep tennis bracelets from falling off.

Tennis bracelets must be custom fitted for maximum security and comfort. Tennis bracelets that fit too loosely can become snagged and pulled. Overly snug tennis bracelets can chafe the skin and become stretched to the point of breakage. An ideal fit allows one finger to pass easily between the bracelet and wrist.

With today’s fashions diamond tennis bracelets reflect the trends and ideas of the formal evening wear Jewelry Zeitgeist.

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