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 ‘diamond line bracelet,’ and then later coined the ‘tennis bracelet,’ the style is a classic that has evolved but remained popular through the decades,” jewelry designer Stephanie Gottlieb told the Observer. “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, 3-prong, 4-prong 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 are really the star of the show,” Gottlieb explained. “No matter what the setting style, the most noticeable feature of the bracelet is the layout of the stones!”
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 bauble is also versatile; it’s a chic piece of everyday jewelry that you can wear to a formal fête. Below, see the sparkly tennis bracelets to buy now and wear forever.
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Fewer Finer The Tennis Bracelet
If you want the look of a classic 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.
Monica Rich Kosann x Chris Evert Classic Sapphire Tennis Bracelet with Staggered Center Stone
You can’t get more authentic than this tennis bracelet, which is part of a collab between Chris Evert herself and jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann. This particular bracelet features a classic row of white sapphires with staggered center stones, as well as a green tsavorite stone in honor of the specific color of the tennis court, and a pear-shaped white sapphire drop to symbolize a bead of sweat.
The Last Line Rainbow Flower And Diamond Tennis Bracelet
Don’t shy away from colorful stones, like with this rainbow tennis bracelet with its row of classic diamonds that are offset by whimsical flower details.
Vrai Tennis Bracelet
You can’t go wrong with a classic row of diamonds in a yellow gold band; it’s a traditional yet decidedly unstuffy investment piece.
Stephanie Gottlieb Multi Shape Diamond 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 diamond tennis bracelet.
Amyo Gemstone Bar Bracelet Mother Of The Pearl 14K Gold
Don’t be afraid to try out different shapes and stones, like this pretty gold bracelet with rectangular mother of pearl accents.
Jenna Blake Emerald Pickle Ball Bracelet
Okay, so this is technically named a pickle ball bracelet, but don’t fret, because it’s got all the classic tennis bracelet features, and we love the bold emerald stones.
Astrid and Miyu Bold Tennis Chain Bracelet in Silver
If you’re not certain how much you love the look but still want to test out the bauble, try this well-priced classic tennis bracelet that’s made of recycled sterling silver and cubic zirconia.
Jennifer Meyer 4-Prong Lapis Tennis Bracelet
Jennifer Meyer’s delicate tennis bracelet swaps out the usual diamonds for a bold blue lapis.
Eva Fehren 2mm Line Bracelet
Add a darker, edgier touch to the preppy tennis bracelet with this grey-toned bauble.
Tiffany & Co. Victoria Tennis Bracelet
Tiffany’s gorgeous sparkling tennis bracelet is a forever classic, in the traditional diamond line bracelet style set in a lovely rose gold .