18ct White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet

What is a Tennis Bracelet?

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Tennis Bracelet

Tennis bracelets are a timeless piece of jewellery that combines elegance with versatility. In fact, the global demand for diamond jewellery, including tennis bracelets, has seen a consistent increase, with the market valued at approximately $80 billion in 2020. If you're considering adding this classic bracelet to your collection, you're in the right place. As a jewellery designer with over 15 years of experience, I’m here to guide you through everything you need to know from metal and stone choice to design, before making this special purchase.



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What is a Tennis Bracelet?

Definition and Design

A tennis bracelet is a classic piece of jewellery featuring a line of diamonds or gemstones which go all the way around the wrist. These stones are connected by a flexible chain made of precious metals like gold or platinum. The design allows the bracelet to be comfortable to wear while still holding the stones securely in place.

Historical Background

You may be curious as to how it got its name, and it's an interesting story. The tennis bracelet was actually named after tennis legend Chris Evert, who famously lost her diamond bracelet during a match in the US Open in 1987. She asked for a break in the game so she could find her lost bracelet, and the spectacle was watched by TV viewers and spectators alike. Once she found it, she discovered that the bracelet had come off due to a broken clasp. But despite this little mishap, the tennis bracelet became an instant hit after that, and remains a timeless and versatile accessory to this day. And don't worry, our tennis bracelets come with a safety chain, or a safety catch to prevent similar situations as those experienced by Chris Evert!

When do you buy a tennis bracelet?

Tennis bracelets are the kind of jewellery that is added to a collection and becomes a staple because it can be worn with a casual outfit as well as it can be with a black tie gown. Because of this they are great to be gifted for a special birthday or wedding anniversary, as well as a perfect wedding day gift for the bride.

18ct Yellow Gold Bracelet 5ct Diamond Tennis Style
A classic Yellow Gold Tennis Bracelet 


Types of Tennis Bracelets

Classic Diamond Tennis Bracelets

These are the most traditional type, featuring diamonds that are identical in size, cut, and clarity. The most popular choice has a full row of round brilliant cut diamonds, but you can also have emerald cut diamonds, princess cut or oval diamond tennis bracelets. Quite often the shape is chosen to complement the diamond in an engagement ring. They are the epitome of elegance and timeless beauty.

Gemstone Tennis Bracelets

If you prefer a pop of colour, gemstone tennis bracelets are an excellent choice. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are popular options that add a unique touch to the classic design. Ruby tennis bracelets have been a popular choice for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary Gift.

Mixed Stone Tennis Bracelets

For something truly distinctive, consider a bespoke tennis bracelet that combines different types of stones. This style can be customised to reflect personal tastes and preferences. Whether you choose a diamond tennis bracelet with different fancy coloured diamonds, or a white diamond bracelet with different shapes of diamonds for a unique look, the options are endless.

A bespoke Fancy Yellow Diamond Bracelet


Bracelet Materials and Settings

Precious Metals Used (Gold, Platinum, Silver)

Tennis bracelets can be made from various precious metals. Gold (yellow, white, or rose) and platinum are the most common, offering durability and a luxurious appearance. Silver tennis bracelets are sometimes seen within demi-fine or costume jewellery and are set with CZs or semi-precious gems, however I wouldn’t create a diamond tennis bracelet using silver because it’s too soft to handle day to day wear and keep stones secure.

Claw Set vs. Bezel Set

The setting of the stones is crucial for both aesthetics and security. Claw settings hold the diamonds with tiny metal prongs, providing a classic look. Bezel settings encase the stones in a metal rim, offering a more contemporary and secure option, which is also less likely to catch on sleeves.

Different Diamond Shapes (Round, Princess, etc.)

While round diamonds are the most popular, tennis bracelets can feature various shapes such as princess cut, emerald cut, pear shape or even clusters of smaller diamonds.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Tennis Bracelet

Diamond Quality (Cut, Colour, Clarity, Carat)

When selecting a tennis bracelet, the quality of the diamonds is important however because of the size of the stones I would usually place less importance on the clarity of tennis bracelet diamonds that I would for diamonds in rings or pendants.
By going down to SI clarity from VS Clarity in the diamonds of a tennis bracelet you won’t notice any inclusions and will likely save a considerable amount of money, especially when you consider most diamond tennis bracelets have between three and eight carats of diamonds. A difference in clarity from VS to SI with this quantity of diamonds can mean a saving of thousands of pounds without any visible difference.
As always you should consider the four Cs: cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. Higher quality diamonds will offer more brilliance and sparkle, so it’s up to you to decide whether quality or budget are prioritised most.


Classic Tennis Bracelet

Bracelet Size and Fit

Tennis Bracelets for ladies usually come in a length around 7.5inches as this is an average wrist size. You should ensure your bracelet fits comfortably. It should be snug enough to stay in place but loose enough to move slightly on your wrist. Measure your wrist accurately to find the perfect size. The easiest way to do this at home is with a tape measure or use a piece of string or ribbon, before measuring it against a ruler. The length should be loose enough to get 2 fingers comfortably underneath when done up.
Some people prefer their bracelet to be slightly looser, however if you go too loose there’s a higher risk of catching your bracelet whilst wearing it on things like door handles.
If you have a tennis bracelet and decide that you would like to alter the length slightly for a better fit, don’t worry this is something our team can do for you.

Budget Considerations

Tennis bracelets can vary greatly in price from a dainty 1ct up to 40cts plus. Setting a budget beforehand can help narrow down your choices and ensure you find a bracelet that offers the best value for your money.

Styling Your Tennis Bracelet

Wearing a Tennis Bracelet Alone

A single tennis bracelet is elegant enough to stand alone, making it the focal point of your outfit.

Layering and Stacking with Other Jewellery

For a more personalised look, consider stacking your tennis bracelet with other bracelets. Combining different styles and metals can create a unique and stylish appearance.

Pairing with Watches and Other Accessories

Pair your tennis bracelet with a classic watch for a sophisticated look. Ensure the bracelet and watch complement each other in terms of style and metal. 

 An unusual diamond tennis bracelet with different sized round diamonds.


Tennis Bracelet Safety and Care

Importance of Secure Clasps

Modern tennis bracelets usually come with secure clasps to prevent accidents. I always try to ensure my bracelets have a double-locking mechanisms for added security and can even add a safety chain if you’d like some extra piece of mind.

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Regular cleaning will keep your bracelet sparkling. Use a soft brush and mild soap to clean the stones and metal. Professional cleaning once a year is also recommended.

When to Avoid Wearing Your Tennis Bracelet

While durable, it’s best to avoid wearing your tennis bracelet during heavy physical activities to prevent damage. You should also remove a gold tennis bracelet when swimming as the chorine can cause damage to the structure of gold, causing it to become soft and break.


FAQs About Tennis Bracelets

What wrist should a tennis bracelet be worn on?
Most people wear it on their non-dominant hand to reduce wear and tear.

Can you wear a tennis bracelet every day?
Absolutely! Its versatile design makes it suitable for both casual and formal occasions.

How long should a tennis bracelet be?

As a guide your tennis bracelet should be between 2-3cm larger than the measurement of your wrist. This allows a little movement up and down the arm for comfort, but not too much that it would fall off the wrist.

Ready to buy your ideal Tennis Bracelet?

Choosing the perfect tennis bracelet involves understanding the design, materials, and styles available. Whether you prefer classic diamonds or vibrant gemstones, there's a tennis bracelet out there to match your style. At Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery, I’m dedicated to helping you find or create a piece that not only looks stunning but also holds personal significance. Take a look at the collection or speak to me to start your very own bespoke tennis bracelet.

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