Tennis jewelry is a staple in many wardrobes because it’s both beautiful and versatile. It is minimalistic elegance at its best.
Here’s a look at what it is, how it got its name, and some ideas for how you might wear it.
What is Tennis Jewelry?
Tennis jewelry appears to be one seamless piece because it’s made up of a single line of gemstones set closely together. The gemstones are identical in size and shape. Real diamonds are an especially popular choice, and you may have heard the term “tennis bracelet” specifically. But you can also buy necklaces and earrings.
Tennis jewelry is considered “fine jewelry” and these closely set gemstones are often held in place by 14K gold. There are, of course, options to customize your pieces and even commission a one-of-a-kind piece.
The Story Behind the Name
You may be wondering: Why the word “tennis”? The story goes that during the 1987 U.S. Open, professional tennis player Chris Evert lost her designer diamond bracelet during a match. The clasp broke, and the match had to be paused so she could search for her beloved accessory. This event put the “diamond line” type of bracelet in the spotlight, and after that people started calling it a "tennis bracelet."
Over time, tennis jewelry has expanded to include necklaces and earrings.
How to Wear It
The beauty of tennis jewelry is that it’s so versatile. Here are some ideas:
Elevating Everyday Elegance
- Casual Chic: Pair a classic diamond tennis bracelet with your favorite watch for a sophisticated daytime look. This combination works so well with a simple blouse and jeans.
- Layered Luxe: Don't hesitate to mix and match your tennis bracelet with other bracelets or bangles for a layered look. Combine different textures and metals to add depth and interest to your wrist. This approach works well with both casual outfits and more dressed-up looks.
Sophisticated Evening Styles
- Statement Neckline: Complement a tennis necklace with a V-neck or scoop-neck evening gown to create a stunning focal point. The necklace adds a beautiful touch without overpowering your overall look.
- Glamorous Stack: For a more glamorous evening look, stack multiple tennis bracelets on one wrist. You could pair a classic diamond tennis bracelet with others that feature colored gemstones.
- Sleek and Simple: A single tennis bracelet or necklace can be the perfect accessory for the minimalist. Its simplicity and elegance make a statement on its own.
- Earthy Elegance: For those who prefer a subtler hint of luxury, consider tennis earrings. Diamond studs or small hoops can complement any outfit, from casual to formal, adding just the right amount of sparkle without overwhelming your look.
Bridal and Special Occasions
- Bridal Beauty: Tennis jewelry is a stunning choice for brides. A tennis bracelet can add a touch of timeless elegance to your wedding day ensemble, especially when paired with matching tennis earrings.
- Anniversary Accents: Celebrating a milestone? A tennis bracelet or necklace is a meaningful gift that symbolizes enduring love.
Caring for Your Tennis Jewelry
To ensure your tennis jewelry remains as stunning as the day you bought it, regular maintenance is key. We recommend:
- Regular cleaning with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oils and dirt.
- Professional cleaning and inspection once a year to ensure the clasps and settings are secure.
- Storing your tennis jewelry in a separate pouch or box to prevent scratches.
Discover Fine Tennis Jewelry at JBJ
We invite you to explore our pieces in the boutique studio in Walnut Creek, California. Or browse our studio offerings online. Whether you want to commemorate a special occasion or simply add a touch of elegance to your jewelry collection, you our tennis jewelry will captivate and charm.