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There are very few pieces of jewellery that have garnered as much attention and popularity in the same way that a tennis bracelet has. This timeless and classic bracelet was popular as an eternity bracelet back in the 1920’s and is composed of an inline string of individually set diamonds with a flexible, serpentine-like structure.
It was not until the late 80’s that this bracelet took on the popular avatar of “The Tennis Bracelet”, owing to an incident involving professional tennis player Chris Evert during a US Open match in 1987. Chris halted the match in order to retrieve her inline diamond bracelet, created by George Bedewi, which had unclasped and fallen while playing.
The incident sparked a new name and a huge jewellery trend that has extended to today’s runways and become a staple with tennis stars Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini and Hollywood starlets Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry.
Tennis bracelets are favoured by women of all ages and are some of the most popular accessories for formal occasions due to their classic setting and ease of wear. The bracelet is crafted from individual diamonds that are placed in square settings and then strung into a bracelet held together by a clasp. The settings and support wiring is constructed from fine quality jewellery metal.
Liali’s Tennis Bracelets are beautifully crafted and composed of around 53 diamonds totalling an average of 2 to 3 carats. However, if you’d rather have more flash for less cash, Liali has cleverly designed a tennis bracelet using posh setting to give you the look of a 3-carat bracelet with just ½ a carat of diamonds. That’s affordable luxury redefined.
Though the match in-line style is of vintage origins the tennis bracelets of today are the most versatile piece of jewellery and a great option for many ensembles and events. Pair it with classic drop earrings and LBD for a night out or your regular sweats for a workout at the gym. These bracelets have definitely evolved in design incorporating safety chains and clasps for better security and snag-free settings while maintaining its classic style.
The versatility of this piece makes it really simple to style. Wear it as an everyday accessory, just like a watch, combine with a bold brooch or clutch for evening or layer with dainty gold chain bracelets to channel your inner diva.
Make sure your tennis bracelet fits a little loose, giving you about one finger of room between your wrist and the bracelet and take your wrist size into consideration. For smaller wrists and slender arms opt for a delicately designed bracelet with smaller diamonds and for larger wrists or arms choose bolder bracelet styles with larger stones.
And if bracelets are not your style or your heart desires more, Liali has an entire Tennis inspired collection labelled Tennis Love with matching necklace and earrings in white, yellow and rose gold. Combine all the pieces for an effortlessly classic look or choose your favorite piece for a simple understated style.