Everything You Need To Know About Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets are perfect for anyone looking for a sparkly, elegant piece of jewelry to adorn their wrist. If you’ve ever wondered what they are or how they got their name, keep reading.

What is a tennis bracelet?

A tennis bracelet is a bracelet with an endless circle of diamonds. The diamonds are linked together and secured by prongs. They can be expensive because they feature dozens of diamonds all the way around the bracelet. Tennis bracelets can sometimes feature other precious gemstones along with diamonds, such as sapphires or rubies. These bracelets generally have a loose fit so that they can move freely on your wrist, but not fall off of it.

Why is it called a tennis bracelet?

Tennis bracelets were originally called eternity bracelets, resembling eternity rings. They didn’t receive their updated name until the 1987 U.S. Open. During tennis player Chris Evert’s intense match, she asked the officials to stop the match because her diamond bracelet had gone missing and she wanted to find it. She was asked about the incident later in an interview and referred to her bling as her “tennis bracelet.” From then on, tennis bracelet sales exploded and the name of the bracelet was changed forever.

How to buy a tennis bracelet

Shopping for a tennis bracelet is much less complex than shopping for other pieces of diamond jewelry. The first step in buying a tennis bracelet is to determine your budget. Because tennis bracelets feature a full circle of diamonds, they can be pricey. A quality tennis bracelet will start at around $2,000.

Like engagement rings, tennis bracelets come with different settings such as prong settings, bezel settings, and channel settings.
prong set tennis bracelet

A prong setting uses small tips of metal to hold the diamond in place.

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A bezel setting secures the diamond with precious metal surrounding the diamond’s sides. 

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A channel setting holds the diamond between two strips of precious metal. 

These settings affect the appearance of the bracelet; choose whichever one you find most appealing. While bezel settings are considered the safest because the metal fully surrounds the diamond, prong settings and channel settings are still extremely safe. 

Tennis bracelets can come in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. However, it is wise to avoid sterling silver because it isn’t as strong as gold or platinum. Platinum is the strongest metal option, but it is also the most expensive, so choose whatever is best for your budget & personal tastes. 

When shopping for a tennis bracelet, make sure you purchase a bracelet with a safety clasp so you don’t have a Chris Evert moment. Ritani’s tennis bracelets feature box clasps with a safety. If you are wondering how to take off a tennis bracelet, don’t worry – it’s not as difficult as it seems. For a bracelet with a box clasp safety, all you have to do is press the small latch to release the clasp.

Once you purchase a tennis bracelet, take it to the jeweler periodically to ensure the safety clasp and setting is secure. It’s also important to get your tennis bracelet cleaned to produce maximum sparkle. 

Are tennis bracelets unisex?

Yes, tennis bracelets are for anybody! They can be paired with other bracelets or a watch for a unique, layered look. 

Danielle Collins x Ritani

We’re excited to introduce our jewelry collection with pro tennis player Danielle Collins! At just 25, Collins has seen enormous success as a professional tennis player, becoming the first former collegiate player in the modern era to reach a Grand Slam women’s semifinals. Outside of tennis, Collins love to design jewelry to relax and fuel her creative side. This collection created for confident & fearless women features diamond tennis bracelets, pendants, and earrings – you can check it out here.

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