Tennis, perennially popular, seems to be omnipresent these days. True, only some are truly seasoned tennis players, but the stylings of the sport have taken their place as sartorial global superstars off-court too.
Take the line bracelet, a simple string of diamonds, often thought to be synonymous with upper-crust cultured attire.
Always in fashion, the jewellery style seems to be worn at every social occasion. But how did an eternity strand of diamonds come to be so ubiquitously thought of as a ‘tennis bracelet’? Credit tennis player Chrissie Evert.
At the 1987 US Open, world-class professional tennis player Chrissie Evert was in the midst of a highly competitive match, during which her string diamonds fell off her wrist, prompting the champion to request a pause for play so she could look for the jewels.
From then on, the name tennis bracelet was tied to Evert.
But the date it was named is up for debate. Although some jewellery fans maintain the term was coined in 1987, when the incident occurred, there is evidence to suggest that perhaps it dates back to when Chrissie wore such a bracelet back in the 1970s,
Chrissie’s biographer Tami Starr is quoted as saying: ‘Chrissie recalls that she was wearing a diamond and gold bracelet and it broke and fell onto the court in an early round of the Open and they had to stop play while she looked for it.’ She said Chrissie remembers it happening in the year the US Open moved from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows, which was 1978.
At Juels’ Limited we attempt to source some of the finer jewellery for our customers and recently we purchased not one but two exquisite diamond line bracelets.
Often referred to as a tennis bracelet, our first example is a 12.39ct individually set within a classic four-claw set articulated collet with a safety lock all set in 18K (750) white gold. The second example contains 12.89K and is presented in the same manner.
These diamond set bracelets can sell for £18,500 to £55,000. Due to our exceptional trade connections in Hatton Garden and Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, we can offer these fine examples, displayed in our main feature window, for £10,000 each. However, diamond bracelets can be obtained to suit any budget.