Buying a Diamond Tennis Bracelet: What You Should Know
There are few bracelets as iconic as the diamond tennis bracelet. This type of bracelet is known for its elegance, versatility, class, and luxury. Like a black dress, pearl earrings, or classic sportscar—the tennis bracelet simply remains in style, every year, every season.
The tennis bracelet is especially in style now, having gained popularity in 2020 and gaining even more interest in 2021. Listed by Vogue magazine as one of the best pieces of jewelry to invest in this year, it’s no wonder why the diamond tennis bracelet is popular with fashion-forward celebrities around the world.
Its durability and adaptable styling make the tennis bracelet popular with Serena Williams on and off the court. She frequently pairs it with a diamond watch and diamond necklace - jewelry we feel passionate about - so it’s no surprise she’s one of our famous customers.
Investing in a diamond tennis bracelet is no insignificant ordeal. Buying a diamond tennis bracelet is something that you will enjoy for years to come. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the real deal and the best quality. Here’s a useful guide for how to buy a diamond tennis bracelet that fits your style preferences, and how to save money.
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- What Is A Diamond Tennis Bracelet
- Places To Buy Diamond Tennis Bracelets
- How To Determine A Diamond Tennis Bracelet’s Quality
- Diamond Tennis Bracelet Gift Guide
- Tennis Bracelet Sizing
What is a Diamond Tennis Bracelet?
What exactly is a diamond tennis bracelet, and what makes it so special? A diamond tennis bracelet is a flexible bracelet, usually made with gold, sterling silver, or platinum metal featuring one or multiple rows of diamonds.
The classic diamond tennis bracelet is the most basic design; it contains a series of identical diamonds of the same proportions (carat, cut, color, and clarity) that are set in a line, side-by-side, to form a complete circle of gems. Now, thanks to its return to popularity, 2021 has introduced many different styles of tennis bracelets, which we will get into later in the guide.
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Why Is It Called a Tennis Bracelet?
Where does the diamond tennis bracelet get its name? Is the tennis bracelet meant for tennis players? The diamond tennis bracelet has existed for quite a while, but it didn’t get its name until the 1980s. The tennis bracelet got its name thanks to 1980s tennis star Chrissie Evert.
Chris Evert was fond of her diamond bracelet; she consistently wore this piece of stunning diamond jewelry during tennis matches. (It might sound unusual to wear a luxurious diamond bracelet while playing a sport, but the tennis bracelet is one of the most durable types of diamond jewelry.) The bracelet was a good-luck charm.
So when Evert noticed that her tennis bracelet wasn’t on her wrist, she stopped playing to announce that she dropped her bracelet! The officials paused the match for her so she could find her beloved diamond bracelet.
Ever since that moment, bracelets like the one Chrissie wore - featuring an inline array of diamonds—have been called tennis bracelets. The world watched as the match was put on hold, waiting for her to find her bracelet. When she put it back on, people noticed the brilliance and elegance of the diamond bracelet, which caused it to surge in popularity in the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Today, many celebrities, including other tennis players, frequently wear diamond tennis bracelets as one of their favorite go-to accessories. (Tennis, a sport well-connected to aesthetics, has influenced other areas of style and design as well).
Places To Buy Diamond Tennis Bracelets
Back in the 1980s, to buy a diamond tennis bracelet, you’d walk into a high-end brick-and-mortar store. Today, you can still shop for tennis bracelets in-store - a good place to buy a diamond tennis bracelet would be in New York City’s Diamond District, where our ItsHot store is located.
However, not everyone lives near the Diamond District, and brick-and-mortar jewelry stores don’t always have the best selections or deals on diamond tennis bracelets. Shopping online is the best place to buy cheaper diamond tennis bracelets, specific to your style interests.
Shopping for diamond tennis bracelets on sale online is a great way to compare prices. Online, it’s easy to compare prices and styles of diamond tennis bracelets side-by-side, so you can make the best decision when it comes to metal type, diamond cuts, carats, and color. To make finding the best diamond tennis bracelet for you even easier, shopping online allows you to filter your search by carat, metal, and price range.
That said, not all online jewelry stores are equal. Many stores don’t provide options to select your color of gold (rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold), or other precious metal for jewelry, such as sterling silver or platinum diamond tennis bracelets. Furthermore, not every store keeps up with the latest styles and customer demands.
Here at ItsHot, we provide a vast array of beautiful diamond tennis bracelets for the best prices. We have 20 years of professional experience manufacturing diamond jewelry, so you’ll be able to access the finest tennis bracelets from NYC’s Diamond District without having to leave your home.
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How to Determine a Diamond Tennis Bracelet’s Quality
With some types of jewelry, it makes sense to opt for costume jewelry. If you need a necklace that matches your prom dress, for example, you don’t need to invest in something that will last a long time and work for many outfits.
With a diamond tennis bracelet, however, buying a quality piece is important. The diamond tennis bracelet is meant to last a long time - it’s supposed to be durable and versatile. Its flexible design means that you can wear a tennis bracelet every day, to work, or on special occasions. So, how do you determine if a tennis bracelet is a high quality? Here’s what to look for when buying diamond tennis bracelet.
Diamond tennis bracelets are known for their elegance and beautiful appearance. They’re considered a luxury item - even though you can buy cheap real diamond tennis bracelets, even the most affordable options should meet certain quality standards due to their characteristic real diamonds.
You wouldn’t want to place real diamonds in a cheap metal, such as silver-plated nickel. The best metals for quality diamond tennis bracelets are gold, platinum, and sterling silver. These should be real - not plated, not filled, not fake.
Most real diamond tennis bracelets that are set in gold will be made of at least 10K gold or higher. Whether white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold, tennis bracelets should have some stamp or hallmark that tells you the gold’s purity. There are several ways to tell if gold is real.
- Look for a Hallmark: A hallmark is a small stamp on gold jewelry that indicates the gold’s karat weight. Depending on the location, there can be different hallmarks.
- In the U.S.A., the hallmark describes gold purity out of 24 (i.e. 10k, 18k, etc.). In Europe, the number will be a decimal percentage (1.00 would be pure gold, .916 would be 22K, .75 would be 18K, .417 is 10K, etc).
- Some manufacturers produce fake gold with hallmarks, so it’s not always a definitive test—if the bracelet seems lightweight or cheap in design, or if the website seems suspicious, it might not be real gold.
- Look for a Letter Mark: If the gold tennis bracelet has the letters GP, GF, or GEP stamped or engraved onto it, it is not real solid gold. GP means gold plated, GF means gold-filled, and GEP means gold electroplate.
- Gold plating and gold-filled is real gold, but it’s often thin and far less valuable, so an unusually cheap price could be an indicator. It’s not considered true gold.
- Hollow gold, on the other hand, refers to real gold that has been hollowed out to make jewelry more lightweight. It costs less than solid gold, but it’s real gold nevertheless.
If you’re buying a gold diamond tennis bracelet, you’ll want to make sure the seller provides details as to the gold karat weight and if it’s solid or hollow. If you want to save money on a diamond tennis bracelet, opt for sterling silver tennis bracelets instead of gold-plated or other metals.
Real platinum diamond bracelets are quite heavy - they feel and look luxurious. Unlike gold and sterling silver, platinum hallmarks are not regulated in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Because of this, it can be difficult to tell if the platinum tennis bracelet you’re buying is a real platinum diamond tennis bracelet. Here’s how to identify real platinum from fake.
- Look for a stamp or hallmark. Although platinum isn’t as well-regulated as gold when it comes to marks, platinum from the U.K. should have specific hallmarks.
- Platinum that’s over 50% pure may have a hallmark designating so.
- If it says “platinum” on it, it’s likely real platinum in the range of 90%-95% pure. This is one of the ways used to designate real platinum in the U.S.
- Test it with a magnet. Platinum, like silver and gold, is not magnetic. If a magnet attracts your diamond tennis bracelet, it’s not real platinum. If it has a magnetic pull, it may be other metals, such as white gold plating over nickel. It’s probably not worth much, and the diamonds may be fake as well.
- Feel the Weight. Though platinum may appear similar to white gold and sterling silver, a good way to tell the difference between platinum and other precious metals is by weight. Platinum jewelry is twice as dense as gold, giving it a much heavier, more solid feel.
- Some other metals are also heavy, so it’s not necessarily platinum. But if it’s labeled as platinum and feels lightweight, you have reason to doubt its authenticity.
Any online store selling real platinum diamond tennis bracelets should provide good information about the bracelet, in terms of the metal and its diamonds. If the only information provided is that it’s “platinum,” it might be a knock-off tennis bracelet. Be wary of stores that offer really cheap platinum tennis bracelets - they could be scammers, and the store may disappear after you buy a bracelet that you never receive.
Real sterling silver is a good choice of metal if you’re shopping for affordable diamond tennis bracelets. “Sterling” means that the fine silver content is 92.5% pure. Real diamond tennis bracelets are typically made from sterling silver. Silver-plate and silver-filled jewelry is much cheaper and of lower quality. Sterling silver has specific marks to tell you it’s real silver.
- Look for a hallmark/stamp. Real sterling silver should always be stamped as 925 or .925. European sterling has a hallmark symbol stamped on it as well—a small picture such as a lion, anchor, leopard head, etc. It will also have a letter.
- If the silver is marked as “800”, it’s not sterling silver but it could still be real silver. This is referred to as a fineness mark and it means that the jewelry is composed of 80% pure silver. 92.5% silver, or sterling, is the most common, but countries outside of the U.S. or U.K. produce other types.
- If it’s marked as EP, EPNS, SP, SF, or something similar, this means that the bracelet is silver-plated or silver-filled. It’s not real sterling silver, but there’s a chance it could have real diamonds, although the diamonds are likely to be low-quality.
- Test it with a magnet. Silver - like other precious metals—is not magnetic. If a magnet is attracted to a silver diamond tennis bracelet in the store, it’s not real silver. Silver-plated jewelry can be magnetic because the metal under the plating may be magnetic, such as nickel.
Sterling silver jewelry is classic and timeless, although it requires care to reduce tarnish.
If the diamonds of a tennis bracelet are low-quality or fake, it takes away from the whole purpose of a diamond tennis bracelet. These bracelets are meant to be brilliant and eye-catching, so the quality of diamonds is important.
Something to consider when buying a diamond tennis bracelet is the total carat weight of the diamonds, as well as the individual carats of each diamond. A one-carat diamond weighs 200 mg.
Diamond carats refer to the weight of diamonds, rather than the size of the diamond. Higher-carat diamonds will be larger, but the cut of a diamond can affect its dimensions, so some 1-carat diamonds may look smaller than 0.8-carat diamonds if they’re cut in a flatter, longer shape.
- Typically, the higher the carat weight of an individual diamond, the bigger its size on the bracelet.
- Total carat weight refers to the sum of each of the diamonds’ carat weights. This gives you an idea of the total diamond carats for a diamond earring that has multiple diamonds.
Consider how big you want the individual diamonds of the tennis bracelet to be, and calculate the total carat weight. You don’t want to buy a diamond tennis bracelet that says 1-carat in reference to its total carat weight if you were expecting each diamond to be 1-carat.
The clarity of the diamonds in a tennis bracelet are part of the diamonds’ grade—which affects its value and sales price.
Absolutely clear diamonds are rare and therefore are most expensive—however, diamonds with lower clarity grades, such as VS1 and VS2, contain inclusions that you can’t see with the naked eye, so they make a great choice for an affordable diamond tennis bracelet that is just as beautiful.
Here’s the scale for measuring the clarity of diamond earrings:
- FL, IF means flawless, with no internal or external flaws. These diamonds are rare.
- VVS1, VVS2 means very very slightly included. It is very difficult to see inclusions even under a 10x magnification. These diamonds are considered of excellent quality.
- VS1, VS2 means very slightly included. The inclusions are not visible to the unaided eye, and barely visible under 10x magnification.
- SI1, SI2 means slightly included. Inclusions are not typically visible to the unaided eye, although they are visible under a 10x magnification. These diamonds provide a very good diamond value; most of the diamonds used in jewelry items carried by ItsHot.com are SI clarity and some are vs clarity.
- I clarity means that there are slight inclusions to the diamond that are visible to the Unaided Eye.
We recommend buying VS1, VS2 or higher clarity grade diamond tennis bracelets. If you’re not as picky, SI1 is also a good choice to save money.
Diamonds come in about 10 main shapes. These will affect the price of a diamond tennis bracelet as well as its style and overall appearance.
- Different diamond shapes can appear in different sizes for the same carat, which is good to know if you want larger-looking diamonds without paying for higher carat diamonds.
- Some shapes sparkle more than others, such as the round cut and oval cut, which is good to know if you value a diamond’s brilliance over its size.
- Some diamond shapes cost more than others. This is because certain diamond shapes take a higher level of skill to cut, and may lose more of the raw diamond than other shapes.
- The round cut is more expensive than a cushion-cut, for example, because when cutting a diamond into a cushion shape, less of the diamond is shaved off.
Color is an important grade for a diamond, and diamonds with better color grades will mean that the tennis bracelet is more valuable. Diamonds are graded on a color scale from D to Z, which indicates how much of a tint is noticeable in the diamond.
D is the highest color grade, indicating a completely clear diamond without any yellow or brown tint. A diamond with a color grade of Z has a noticeable yellow or brown tint to it. Here are the color grades of a diamond in more detail:
- D, E, and F – colorless diamonds (all appear colorless to the untrained eye)
- G, H, I, and J – near-colorless (most common diamond choices; they still appear colorless to the eye)
- K, L, M – faint (these diamonds have a slightly visible tint)
- N, O P, Q, R – very light (a more noticeable tint)
- S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z – light (brown or yellow tint is very noticeable)
When choosing a quality diamond tennis bracelet, opt for color grades of G, H, I, J, D, E, and F. If you’re looking for a cheap diamond tennis bracelet, and decide to buy diamonds with a visible tint, opt for yellow gold or rose gold settings to make the diamonds appear clearer.
There are also fancy-colored diamond tennis bracelets, which are graded on a different color scale. Some colors of diamonds are very rare, so this can affect the value of a tennis bracelet.
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Diamond Tennis Bracelet Styles
Diamond tennis bracelets are really in style in 2021, so in the past year, many innovations have been introduced to give the classic tennis bracelet a modern flair. Here are some of the most popular different styles of tennis bracelets:
- Bezel-Set Diamond Tennis Bracelets
- Multi-Colored Diamond Tennis Bracelets
- Black Diamond Tennis Bracelets
- Unique Designer Tennis Bracelets
- Men’s Diamond Bracelets
- Stackable Diamond Bracelets
- Sapphire Diamond Bracelets
These are the most popular styles of tennis bracelets for 2021. Different types of tennis bracelets add a new and unique flair to the timeless tradition. Some tennis bracelets have diamonds in different sizes, cuts, and shapes, as well as different settings, such as prong-set cluster diamonds, or 3 rows of diamonds.
As the tennis bracelet continues to grow in popularity, there are likely to be new developments in tennis bracelet styles, such as other colored gemstone tennis bracelets, and new shapes and designs.
Diamond Tennis Bracelet Gift Guide
Diamond tennis bracelets make a great jewelry gift for men and women in 2021. But figuring out when to give one as a gift, and to whom, can be tricky. Here’s our tennis bracelet gift guide to choose the perfect diamond tennis bracelet gift for your loved ones.
When to buy diamond tennis bracelets? Which holidays?
Tennis bracelets make for beautiful and meaningful gifts for men and women of different ages throughout the year. Their classic design and popularity makes tennis bracelets a popular inheritance piece to be passed down generations as family heirlooms, investments, and keepsakes.
A diamond tennis bracelet is a great jewelry gift idea for any of these occasions:
- Birthday gift (for anyone who likes jewelry of any age)
- Valentine’s Day gift (for a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, husband or wife)
- Wedding day gift (for spouse, mother, mother-in-law gift, grandmother)
- Gift for the birth of a child (for the mother or for the baby to wear when he/she is older)
- Academic achievement, personal achievement, exciting milestone
- Graduation gift (for men or women, college graduation gift)
- Retirement gift (for grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, spouse)
- Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, other major holidays
- Wedding anniversary (i.e. 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th, 30th, 50th, etc)
Diamond tennis bracelets are one of the most popular jewelry wedding gifts right now, but they’re also gaining popularity as other gifts for romantic interests, parents, children, grandparents, and other family members.
They’re the perfect jewelry gift because they’re popular for men and women, and their classic, durable design means they never go out of style. They’re easy to wear with any outfit, and make a great piece of jewelry to wear to weddings, ceremonies, graduations, dinners, and other special events.
For whom is a tennis bracelet a good gift?
Tennis bracelets make a good gift for a girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, spouse, athlete, student, business employee, dancer, server, designer, artist, mother, father, or pretty much anyone who likes jewelry. You can’t go wrong with a classic diamond tennis bracelet, and a more modern design of tennis bracelet is great for younger generations.
Fashion-forward men of any age can wear a tennis bracelet - men’s jewelry is becoming more popular than ever. A diamond tennis bracelet is an especially good gift for a young man or teenage boy, but you’ll want to shop men’s styles or unisex tennis bracelets.
In terms of gifts for women, any woman who wears fine jewelry will have a use for a diamond tennis bracelet. It’s really easy to style and it will last for years. It’s perfect for daily wear, or for special occasions as a lasting memory in photos.
Tennis Bracelet Sizing
How do you determine your size in a tennis bracelet? In general, bracelet sizes don’t matter as much as ring sizes or necklace lengths, but it’s important to consider the size of a tennis bracelet for small wrists or large wrists especially.
One of the easiest ways to find the right size for a diamond tennis bracelet is to measure the person’s wrist. If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can wrap a piece of string around their wrist, then cut it to measure its size later.
Once you have the measurement of the person’s wrist, make sure you add between 1/2 an inch and 1 inch to your measurement to calculate bracelet size. For example, if the wrist measures five inches, consider a 5.5 inch or 6 inch bracelet.
What size tennis bracelet should I get as a gift if I don’t know their size?
If you’re purchasing the tennis bracelet as a gift and you don’t know the person’s wrist measurement, start by using the average bracelet size as a starting place.
- The most popular bracelet size for women is 7 to 7.5 inches.
- The most popular bracelet size for men is 7.5–8.5 inches.
If you think the person you’re giving the bracelet gift to has smaller or larger wrists than the average person, adjust up or down accordingly, judging by a half-inch.
Tennis bracelets are often easy to adjust by removing a link to shorten the bracelet’s chain, so it’s not as important to get the size of a tennis bracelet exactly right as it is with other bracelet types. This is why it’s such a good gift for weddings, birthdays, and other holidays for someone whose jewelry sizes you don’t know.