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Diamond Tennis Bracelets Are Back in Style

Diamond tennis bracelets are back in style and making quite a statement. While the iconic fashion jewelry piece is not new, it’s been reimagined and redesigned with a new generation in mind. From Serena Williams’ own line of tennis-inspired bracelets to more casual, everyday styles that pair perfectly with khaki golf shorts and a white polo, the options for this must-have accessory are endless.

While the style may have changed slightly over time, what’s remained unchanged is its versatility. “A diamond bracelet is timeless because it can be worn with just about anything,” says Margot McNaull, founder of Stor Calgary jewellery stores Jewelry Co. McNaull also notes that the tennis bracelet’s current revival could be attributed to the return of retro and vintage styles. “In the past few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in interest in classic jewelry pieces with a modern twist,” she adds.

Aside from its ability to be paired with just about any look, the diamond tennis bracelet is also incredibly durable. “With proper care, a diamond tennis bracelet can last for generations,” says McNaull. When it comes to preserving the beauty and longevity of your bracelet, you’ll want to consider how often it will be worn and what type of activities you’ll be participating in while wearing it. For instance, if you’ll be wearing your bracelet while swimming or playing sports, a more rugged setting like a bezel may be a better option than a prong.

While a bracelet with round, brilliant-cut diamonds is considered traditional, the diamond tennis bracelet is available in many other styles and shapes. Some even feature colored gemstones or decorative clasps. When shopping for a tennis bracelet, it’s important to know the size of your wrist in order to ensure you find the right fit. A reputable retailer will offer free sizing and other services to help you make the most of your purchase.

The name ‘tennis bracelet’ is believed to have been given by a famous tennis star in the 1970s. According to the story, Chris Evert lost her diamond bracelet during a match and asked for the game to be paused while she searched for it. The officials obliged, and that’s when the bracelet got its name.

While you’ll want to be sure that your bracelet fits well, the most important factor in ensuring its durability is its setting. There are three main types of settings to choose from: prong, channel and bezel. The prong setting features one or more metal prongs that hold each individual diamond, allowing you to see the stone’s facets. Channel settings feature a row of narrow metal channels that hold each diamond closely together (like this 14K white gold James Allen tennis bracelet), while bezels offer added protection and an attractive, sleek look. Each style offers different benefits, so it’s really just a matter of what works best with your personal aesthetic.