WHAT IS A TENNIS BRACELET?
What Is A Tennis Bracelet?
Originally called line diamond bracelets, tennis bracelets have seen consistent growth in demand in the last few decades, and remain a great choice for both casual and formal wear. It is composed of a thin, precious metal chain adorned with diamonds of a consistent size and style, creating a sleek and elegant look. Tennis bracelets are a popular gift for important birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other special occasions.
The origin of the new name is quite the story: during the 1987 US Open, professional tennis player Chris Evert requested that officials pause her game in order for her to find her bracelet, which had fallen off during the previous point. The missing George Badawi diamond bracelet was eventually recovered, the clasp had broken during play, and Evert later called the piece her “tennis bracelet” in a post-game interview. Thus, demand for the style skyrocketed, and its nickname was born.
How To Wear A Tennis Bracelet?
Because of the value of the bracelets, and of course the infamous Evert incident, tennis bracelets now use a double locking mechanism; a standard clasp, and a safety clasp for extra security. and they are reasonably simple to put on. Slide the pin at one end into the slot at the other end of the chain, then fasten the safety clip into place to lock the bracelet shut.
In terms of wearability, like most bracelets, it should be loose enough to sit comfortably on the wrist without being so loose that it can easily fall off. A general rule of thumb is that you should only be able to fit one finger in between the bracelet and your wrist.
While tennis bracelets are seen as a symbol of glamour and are beautifully elegant pieces, you shouldn’t be afraid to wear them day-to-day either; after all, they get their name from being worn for a tennis match. Adding a tennis bracelet to a casual outfit can immediately level up your look and add a touch of glamour to an otherwise simple outfit.
It has also become popular in recent years to wear a tennis bracelet with a watch. Combining the two on the same wrist has become something of a fashion statement, and creates an elegant yet relaxed look; it’s best practice to wear the watch higher up the arm than the bracelet and to ensure that the diamonds or gemstones on your bracelet fit well with any on the watch. Many people wear their tennis bracelets on the opposite wrist to the hand they write with; this means that the bracelet is likely to receive less wear and tear on the arm that is used less.
How To Resize A Tennis Bracelet?
Since tennis bracelets are comprised of links, it is relatively simple to either lengthen or shorten the chain, in much the same way a watch might be adjusted; a professional jeweller can either add or remove links to suit the size you need. If you’re unsure what size you might need, we would recommend sizing up; taking links away to shorten a chain is an easy and affordable job for a jeweller, but in order to lengthen a chain, you would need to purchase additional links, so be sure to overestimate your size if you’re unsure.
To gauge the right size, measure the circumference of your wrist and add between half an inch and an inch, to give enough room for the bracelet to sit comfortably. The average bracelet size is about 7-7.5 inches, so if you’re buying the bracelet as a gift and can’t measure the recipient's wrist, start there if you’re unsure.
If you do need to remove any links to ensure a perfect fit, it is best to take your bracelet to a professional and trusted jeweller to receive the best quality work. Abelini offers a repair service for a small fee for any work that is not covered by our warranty.
How To Open A Tennis Bracelet?
Just like putting them on, tennis bracelets are simple to take off once you know the right method. All you have to do is lift up the safety clasp until it is loose, then apply some pressure to the push button on the side of the clasp until you can gently pull the two ends apart.
How To Fix A Broken Tennis Bracelet?
Once again, any work that needs doing should be undertaken by a trained professional in order to protect the quality of your bracelet. At Abelini, our jewellery is covered by our manufacturing warranty for a lifetime if there is a fault or defect.
Your jewellery is more likely to break if it is inauthentic. If you’re buying your diamond tennis bracelet from a reputable seller, then there should be no doubt as to its authenticity. However, if you are unsure of the quality of your bracelet, it is best practice to take it to a trusted and established jeweller in order to assess its quality.
How To Buy A Tennis Bracelet?
Tennis bracelets are the perfect addition to your jewellery collection, upgrading your look instantly; whether you’re in evening wear, a day-to-day outfit, or even playing tennis. So whether you’re treating someone special to the perfect gift or you’re browsing for yourself, Abelini’s three decades of experience means that we’re on hand to find the perfect fit.
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