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The Complete Guide to Tennis Bracelets

Timeless. Elegant. Dazzling. The allure of a beautifully crafted tennis bracelet is second to none. Read on to discover why this classic piece of jewellery is a Valentine’s Day gift they’ll treasure forever.

UPDATED 5TH JANUARY 2024 - ERNEST JONES WRITER

With February 14th approaching, let them know how much you care on the day and for years to come with meaningful jewellery. Discover all you need to know about tennis bracelets and treat them (or yourself) to a Valentine’s Day gift that sparkles with love.

What are Tennis Bracelets?

The tennis bracelet was traditionally seen as a symbol of wealth, adorning the wrists of high-society flapper girls in the 1920s. It features a row of diamonds covering the full length of a linked chain, giving off a light-catching sparkle from every angle.

In the 20s they were known as eternity bracelets for their design which is not dissimilar to eternity rings, and they were stacked high up the arm creating a curated look that dazzled at cocktail parties and jazz clubs. While the mantra in the 20s may have been ‘more is more’, a single tennis bracelet is far more popular these days and makes a more affordable style statement.

Why is it Called a Tennis Bracelet?

Tennis bracelets got their name completely by accident. Tennis pro Chris Evert became known for her on-court style and she often wore a diamond bracelet on her wrist during matches. It’s said that during a US Open match, her diamond line bracelet flew off her arm and play had to be stopped while she looked for it. From then on, this particular style of bracelet became known as the tennis bracelet, replacing the ‘eternity bracelet’ term.

How to Wear a Tennis Bracelet

A tennis bracelet is brilliantly versatile. It can be dressed up or down and take you from brunch with friends to cocktail parties or wedding celebrations. A sparkling diamond tennis bracelet will always enhance your overall look.

So, to answer the question of how to style a tennis bracelet, you can wear them wherever and whenever you like. It’s the piece of jewellery that will fall in line with your style on any given day.

Are Tennis Bracelets in Style?

Minimal in size but bold in sparkle, tennis bracelets are always in style.

Platinum and silver tennis bracelets have graced the wrists of style icons from the world of celebrity and royalty alike.

Meghan Markle was gifted one of Princess Diana’s diamond tennis bracelets, inherited by her husband Harry and worn in the infamous Oprah interview. Fashion royalty Kate Moss wore an antique French cut diamond tennis bracelet to the 2022 met gala, adding to her flawless look. More recently, we have seen tennis bracelets adorning the wrists of male celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz and Brooklyn Beckham, proving that tennis bracelets are not only in style but loved by both men and women.  

What Wrist Do You Wear a Tennis Bracelet On?

Most people wear bracelets on their left wrist, though this isn’t exactly a style statement. It’s mainly because most people are right-handed, so it’s easier to put on and take off the left wrist using the right hand. Some people prefer to wear their jewellery or watch on the non-dominant hand, as it’s less likely to get in the way of doing daily tasks. However, it’s totally up to you. No matter the chosen wrist, your tennis bracelet will look beautiful and enhance your inner sparkle.

What’s the Difference Between a Tennis Bracelet and a Bracelet?

It’s all in the design. A tennis bracelet features a symmetrical line of diamonds (or other precious stones) that extend from one end of the chain to the other. The stones are set very close together, creating a seamless look. Typically, the stones are square and all the same size, shape, and clarity, making a perfect row of gems. They differ from other bracelets which might be chain-linked, cuffs, or feature just one or even a few gems spaced separately on a chain. Tennis bracelets have a uniform look and exude elegance and charm.

So, now you have all the vital information you need on the allure of tennis bracelets, it’s time to get your Valentine's Day gifting all wrapped up.