Back in the 1920s, when women enjoyed a new found freedom and were dancing the night away, the line bracelet which encircled the wrist with a row of the same cut, color and size diamonds or gemstones was as much of a craze as hiking up one’s skirt and doing the Charleston. Many women inherited these bracelets as family heirlooms from great grandmothers, grandmothers or their moms. They became a wardrobe staple throughout the 20th century (with a brief hiatus during the ‘make love, not war’ peace sign and love bead jewelry of the late 60s and early 70s.) But they came back in a big way during the disco era as an essential jewelry item. Then in 1978, they received a brand new moniker due to tennis legend Chris Evert. She was engaged in a long rally during the 1978 U.S. Open when her bezel-set diamond bracelet went flying across the court. She asked officials to stop the match until she found the bracelet. From that day on, modern versions of Art Deco line or eternity inspired styles have become known as the ‘Tennis Bracelet.’
Whether you are gifting a modern version of the ubiquitous Tennis Bracelet from a big brand or from an independent designer, choosing an edgy or more classic look, these bracelets are imbued with an easy elegance that allows them to be worn with just about everything in a woman’s fashion and jewelry wardrobe and are desired by a wide demographic of women, which makes them one of the all-time “safe bet” jewelry gifts. But as safe as they are—they also take on the character and style of the women who wear them. They can also be layered with basically any other style of bracelet.
In the past 10 years, Tennis Bracelets continue to evolve and be rejuvenated, offered in multiple iterations, since they first landed on the jewelry scene approximately 100 years ago.
Here are some of the best in contemporary Tennis Bracelets for the holidays and beyond:
Moritz Glik’s Bloco Diamond Bracelet is inspired by the clean pared down lines of the Art Deco movement yet is distinguished by Glik’s signature white sapphire encased Shaker diamonds which is the centerpiece. It follows the geometric lines of the diamonds that surround the bracelet in grey palladium.
Gabriel & Co 18K three-row white gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet features diamonds which are set into ‘feminine buttercup’ settings. Although the silhouette is simple, the character and contemporary design of the bracelet is in the multi-strands of diamonds. Although there is some megawatt sparkle, this bracelet never seems overwhelming or overdone.
Dinny Hall Shuga Collection showcases an array of precious small diamonds, set in 14K gold. For holiday Hall played on the rhyme: ‘sugar and spice and everything nice”. This particular bracelet in the collection is a solid 14K yellow gold bracelet set with brilliant-cut