In honor of the U.S. Open, now underway in Queens, N.Y., OBJ salutes the Tennis Bracelet. This simple diamond eternity-style bracelet can be traced back to the 1920s, but it wasn’t always called the Tennis Bracelet. Here’s the scoop:
The term Tennis Bracelet is thought to have been coined shortly after the 1978 U.S. Open. A young Chris Evert requested a break in the action so she could search for her diamond bracelet, which had flown off her wrist mid-swing. The press seized upon the story of this unprecedented interruption of play, and ever since, the inline-style diamond bracelet Evert was wearing has come to be known as the Tennis Bracelet.
Today, the Tennis Bracelet is a jewelry wardrobe classic, whether worn singly with a tailored watch, or collected in multiples and stacked together. Tennis Bracelets are most popular in diamonds, of course, but they also come in colored gemstones, alternating diamonds and gemstones, crystals, or Cubic Zirconia.
The term Tennis Necklace is sometimes used to describe a continuous diamond or gemstone necklace, which is also called a rivière.
If you don’t already own a Tennis Bracelet, consider buying one or more for yourself this season; or better yet, add one to your holiday wish list. We’re sure the Tennis Bracelet will become one of your go-to pieces, as it has for millions of fashionable women since it first took center court nearly three decades ago.