Tennis Fans Will “Love-All” This Jewelry

People love tennis. And with players such as Serena Williams serving (sorry) as one heck of an inspiration, I can see why. But my knowledge and experience with the sport is limited, and the bridge that connects me to it is constructed solely of jewelry.

KR Diamonds tennis bracelet
Tennis bracelet in platinum with 15.9 cts. t.w. round diamonds, price on request; KR Diamonds
Ariel Gordon diamond bezel tennis bracelet
Bezel tennis bracelet in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $3,395; Ariel Gordon

The tennis bracelet. It’s been a solid item in the jewelry game for decades now. When I was very young, in the early ’90s, I remember the marketing retail stores did around the “new,” must-have style.

Nader Kash tennis bracelet
Tennis bracelet in 18k rose gold with 4.62 cts. t.w. emerald-cut diamonds, $14,400; Nader Kash
Mindi Mond old Euro cut tennis bracelet
Tennis bracelet in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 10.85 cts. t.w. old European–cut diamonds, price on request; Mindi Mond

That line of diamonds wasn’t new at the time—just rejuvenated. The tennis bracelet was named after athlete Chris Evert postponed her match in the 1987 U.S. Open to search for a bracelet that had fallen off her wrist (somehow, I do not see this happening today). This unconventional time-out made news, sparking an interest in the type of bracelet Evert had been wearing (it was a piece designed by George Bedewi), which she reportedly referred to as her “tennis bracelet” in an interview.

Eriness diamond baguette tennis bracelet
Tennis bracelet in 14k white gold with 1.67 cts. t.w. baguette diamonds, $5,720; Eriness

I remember my mom wearing a collection of tennis bracelets on her wrist all throughout my childhood, and so I will always associate them with her. For that reason, I see the tennis bracelet as a solid “mom” gift—the perfect present for Mother’s Day or for an anniversary. I hope my daughter picks out a tennis bracelet for me one day, and I’ll wear it all the time, just as my mom did.

Facet Barcelona tennis bracelet
Bracelet in 14k rose gold with 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Facet Barcelona
Ounce Collection yellow diamond tennis bracelet
Tennis bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 46.89 cts. t.w. radiant yellow diamonds, $505,945; Ounce Collection

Of course this style comes in a wide range of carat weights, and therefore prices, so it’s really universally demanded and worn by women (and maybe even men!) of all tax brackets. My particular flavor of tennis bracelet wouldn’t be worthy of Elizabeth Taylor, but that’s okay—I think a more modest variation of the style is pretty on-trend at the moment, anyway.

Jane Taylor Jewelry Cirque tennis bracelet
Cirque tennis bracelet in 14k yellow gold with white topaz and turquoise, $2,530; Jane Taylor Jewelry

We’ve become an audience of collectors, so at least for the moment, it’s more common to see jewels worn in groups than solo. Because of this, smaller, daintier pieces get big play. To pull a quote from my colleague Amy Elliott’s article on diamonds from the July-August issue of JCK magazine:

“The younger generation prefers to spend their budget on a few pieces for layering and not blow it all on a single piece like a high-carat-weight tennis bracelet,” says Nan Lung Palmer, owner and managing director of Facets, a Denver-based jewelry sales and marketing consultancy.

Rosa Van Parys tennis racket necklace
Tennis racket necklace in 18k rose gold with black and white diamonds, price on request; Rosa Van Parys

Also, this is awesome! If it’s literal tennis jewelry you’re looking for, just in time for the 139th U.S. Open, then you’ll love this piece from Rosa Van Parys (another is pictured at top). The diamond tennis rackets make me want to pick up a few lessons, just so I have an excuse to wear the necklace (fashion does have its place in the sport, doesn’t it?).

Top: Tennis racket necklace in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold with aquamarines, sapphires, and diamonds, price on request; Rosa Van Parys

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