Add Some Sparkle to Your Wardrobe With These Chic Tennis Bracelets
Try these fresh takes on the classic tennis bracelet.
Tennis fashion is always popular, but it’s been having even more of a moment as of late, and especially so as the start of the U.S. Open nears. You already know the best tennis sweaters, exercise dresses and pleated workout skirts to achieve the #tenniscore look, but don’t forget about what is perhaps the most iconic tennis accessory of all—we’re referring, of course, to the tennis bracelet.
To be fair, the tennis bracelet isn’t *technically* sporting attire; it’s really just a thin bracelet that’s traditionally composed of small diamonds or other gemstones. The bauble has always been a popular and fashionable choice, but it wasn’t known as a tennis bracelet until 1978, when it became forever intertwined with the sport—or at least, with tennis fashion—after Chris Evert’s diamond bracelet fell off her wrist during her U.S. Open match. Evert requested a break in play so that she could locate her bracelet, and when she was asked about what happened in her post-match interview, Evert said, “Oh, that was my tennis bracelet,” and that’s how the bauble received its name.
The traditional tennis bracelet, made of just diamonds on a thin band, is still a popular choice, but there are also many new modern interpretations of the classic. “Originally known as a ‘cubic zirconia tennis bracelet,’ and then later coined the ‘tennis bracelet,’ the style is a classic that has evolved but remained popular through the decades,” said Mary Hood of Hollywood Sensation. “We’ve seen the introduction of more minimal metal settings showcasing the improvements in jewelry craftsmanship over the years, as well as the incorporation of new setting styles including bezel, bar set, and design elements such as the use of color and different diamond shapes.”
So, how can you identify a tennis bracelet? “The ‘line bracelet’ actually very clearly outlined the defining feature of the tennis bracelet; it is a line of diamonds, where the diamonds or "Cubic Zirconia Stones" are really the star of the show,” Mary explained.
While jewelry trends come and go, the tennis bracelet has remained a staple; it’s delicate and minimalist, but can be adapted to your personal style. The bracelet is also versatile; it’s a chic piece of everyday jewelry that you can wear to a formal affair.
Fewer Finer The Tennis Bracelet
If you want the look of a modern gold tennis bracelet but with a decidedly modern twist, consider this delicate diamond bauble, which has three different bezel settings for various gem cuts, all on a yellow gold band.
Hollywood Sensations Wave Tennis Bracelet with Staggered Center Stone
You can’t get more authentic than this tennis bracelet, which is part of a Hollywood Sensation Jewelry. This bracelet features a classic row of white diamond cubic zirconia stones with staggered center stones.
The Last Line Rainbow Tennis Bracelet with AAA Cubic Zirconia Stones
Don’t shy away from colorful stones, like with this rainbow tennis bracelet with its row of classic diamonds that are offset by beautiful Marquise Cut Cubic Zirconia Stones.
You can’t go wrong with a classic row of cubic zirconia in a yellow gold band; it’s a traditional yet decidedly unstuffy investment piece.
Multi Shape Cubic Zirconia Tennis Bracelet
If you’re ready for a serious commitment and can spend major money on your next jewelry purchase, consider this gorgeous, multi-shape Flower Blossom Cubic Zirconia Tennis Bracelets.