Counting down the days until Wimbledon? Get ready for London’s biggest tennis tournament with a little sporting history, courtesy of the iconic tennis bracelet. Find out how the court jewellery staple came to be, and where to shop the most beautiful bracelets below.
What Is A Tennis Bracelet?
Characterised by its strong clasp, thin metal chain and row of symmetrically patterned stones, a tennis bracelet is the more common name for a ‘line diamond bracelet’.
Why Is It Called A Tennis Bracelet?
As the name suggests, the jewellery design was given a new lease of life on the tennis court itself.
During the 1987 US Open, professional tennis player Chris Evert paused her match as she noticed that her George Bedewi line diamond bracelet was no longer on her wrist. The following moments, which were played on live television, saw Chris search for her missing bracelet on the court – and find out that the reason for its disappearance was a broken clasp. The pop culture moment led to many jewellers adapting their designs into sturdier versions that could withstand sporting activities.
Are They Unisex?
While first made popular by female players, tennis bracelets are – like all other jewellery – unisex pieces that can be worn by everyone. If it matches your personal style then there should be nothing stopping you from wearing one.
Beautiful Bracelets To Wear On The Court
What better way to welcome the British tennis season than with the sport’s very own unofficial merch? Shop our edit of the best tennis bracelets below:
Featured image: Suzanne Kalan