It was 1987 when, due to the sudden opening of the closure, the famous American tennis player Chris Evert lost an expensive diamond bracelet made of a single row of diamonds during a match of the US Open. Evert then asked the referee to suspend the match until the precious jewel was recovered.
Since then, that particular type of bracelet consisting of a single unbroken row of diamonds (even the closure is covered with them) was called a tennis bracelet.
Fortunately, today’s closings are very robust and equipped with a safety mechanism, generally a gold wire shaped like an eight, placed next to the closing precisely to avoid loss. Sometimes even double 8’s are used.
The tennis bracelet became among the most loved jewels of the world.
Refined, sober and very elegant, a tennis bracelet is also a masterpiece of goldsmith’s technique and craftsmanship, that can be created in various carats.
It normally starts at the bottom of tennis from a total of 1 carat in which about eighty diamonds, each are encased in as many bezels welded in a row to each other so that the joint has the right rigidity to guarantee at the same time safety of hold and flexibility to wrap the wrist.
The price of a diamond tennis starts from around 1000 euros up to several tens of thousands of euros.
For some decades tennis bracelet has been a highly appreciated bracelet also for men. In addition to the classic tennis bracelet with white diamonds, men tend to buy tennis bracelets mounted with black diamonds, alternating with white diamonds, or with corundums, rubies and colored sapphires, which are so fashionable, both in the white gold version and in the black gold obtained with a special black gold alloy which is then rhodium plated with black.
In tennis bracelets, as the carat weight of the diamonds increases, the number of stones decreases and the size of each diamond increases proportionally.
Bracelets can be created using stones of any carat weight, from less than a hundredth of a carat to even 30 or more hundredths of a carat.
Making a tennis bracelet is not a trivial operation: the diamonds are carefully selected, in order to have them all of the same color and the same purity. Even the diameter of each single stone must be carefully calibrated with a special sieve because diamonds of the same weight could have slightly different diameters and therefore not be compatible to make a perfect tennis bracelet.
Only following this meticulous selection work that is done by hand, the bracelet will be entrusted to the setter who will mount the diamonds in the setting with perfect craftmanship in order not to loose any diamonds from the jewel when wearing it.