Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Why Are Diamond Bracelets Called Tennis Bracelets?

Victor Epand

Visitors: 225
 1 vote

It's not often that a piece of jewelry is named for an accident, but such is the case with tennis bracelets. They got their unusual name from an incident involving professional tennis player Chris Evert during a match in 1987. Evert had been wearing an expensive bracelet featuring an inline string of individually-set diamonds. When the clasp snapped, she asked the officials to stop the match until the jewelry could be found. Since that day, bracelets featuring an inline array of diamonds have been called tennis bracelets.

Tennis bracelets are popular accessories for formal occasions due to their luster and sparkle. Individual diamonds (or reasonable facsimiles) are placed in square settings and then strung into a bracelet held together by a clasp. The settings and support wiring may be constructed from silver or other quality jewelry metal. The individual settings allow tennis bracelets to move comfortably while worn.

Other types of jewelry that share the form of these bracelets are referred to as tennis-style. Groups of different sized stones may be used in tennis-style bracelets, but the jewelry retains the inline look of original tennis bracelets. Classic such bracelets tend to feature a uniform arrangement of diamonds and can be very expensive.

One important element of well-constructed tennis bracelets is the safety latch. The clasp of a typical such bracelet depends on a springy metal latch meshing securely with a hook. Over time, this clasp style can become less reliable. Therefore, jewelry designers include a secondary security measure in these bracelets. The two most common styles of safety latches are chains and ‘figure eights. '

The chain safety latch connects from one small stud to another on the other side of the main clasp. If the main clasp fails, the chain should hold the bracelet intact until it can be repaired. The figure eight safety latch is a small double loop of metal. One loop snaps over a small post on one side of the main clasp, while the other loop snaps over a similar post on the opposite side. Even if the main clasp separates, the figure eight loops will keep tennis bracelets from falling off.

These bracelets should be custom fitted for maximum security and comfort. Tennis bracelets which fit too loosely can become snagged and pulled. Overly snug tennis bracelets can chafe the skin and become stretched to the point of breakage. An ideal fit allows one finger to pass easily between the bracelet and wrist.

Victor Epand is the owner of , a huge online jewelry retailer featuring the largest and best selection of jewelry including personalizable items.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Charm Bracelets Basics
Rated 5.0 / 5
based on 1 vote

Related Articles:

Gold Bracelets Silver Bracelets Sleek, Exquisite and Inexpensive!

by: Ujwala Bapat (July 18, 2008) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Gold Bracelets and Silver Bracelets

by: Bella Mclaine (December 30, 2009) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

The Best Variety of Diamond Bracelets

by: Bella Mclaine (December 28, 2009) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Save Thousands on Real Diamond Men's Iced Out Bracelets

by: Robby C (December 16, 2007) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Gemstone Bracelets

by: Wendy Pan (September 16, 2008) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Pandora’s Bracelets

by: Laura Roseline (September 28, 2010) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Attractive Medical ID Bracelets

by: Mike Stone (July 28, 2008) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Luxury Bracelets For The Man In Your Life

by: Arsene Bergkamp (March 24, 2007) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews)

Pandora Bracelets and Necklaces

by: David K Fox (November 09, 2008) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Jewelry Diamonds)

Charm Bracelets Basics

by: Xiao Xin (April 01, 2011) 
(Health and Fitness/Diseases)