Tennis necklace and bracelet are a new trend But what does it have to do with tennis?

August 17, 2021

Fashion enthusiasts and celebrities are wearing again these sparkling pieces that were a big jewellery trend in the ’80s. We’ve been spotting more and more the classic tennis necklace and bracelet on Instagram and in the streets. But what is a tennis bracelet? Or a tennis necklace?

A tennis necklace and bracelet are the kinds of classic and minimalist jewellery that grandmothers, mothers and daughters love to wear. This explains why they are a trend now and will keep re-emerging again and again over the years.

What is a tennis bracelet or necklace?

Also called line diamond or eternity necklace, a tennis necklace and bracelet is a continuous strand of diamonds that encircles the wrist or neck completely.

The elegant and timeless piece of jewellery usually has diamonds set in either white gold or platinum. Still, you can also find them in yellow or rose gold, and even in silver.

The diamonds or zirconia can be all the same size and cut or be graduated in size, having a larger gem in the centre. A tennis necklace can even come with diamonds in different cuts, like Angeline Jolie’s Opera-long necklace and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s choker. 

Blake Lively wearing a Lorraine Schwartz tennis necklace at Cannes Film Festival

Blake Lively wearing a Lorraine Schwartz tennis necklace at Cannes Film Festival.

Photo @lorraineschwartz.

What does it have to do with tennis?

The classic jewellery design got its name from an incident in the late ‘70s. During a heated tennis match at the 1978 US Open, the diamond bracelet the American player Chris Evert was wearing fell off her wrist. She asked the officials on the court to stop the game until she found her George Bedewi bracelet. In an interview following the game, Evert called the line bracelet set with diamonds she had lost “my tennis bracelet”, coining there and then the iconic name.

Who wears tennis bracelets and necklaces?

Although the dazzling jewellery piece is made with diamonds, it can be quite dainty and discreet thus worn by women of all ages, day or night. However, at red carpet events, we usually see celebrities donning pieces with more significant gems for a dramatic effect. Sarah Jessica Parker, for example, wears very often her crystal bracelets by Fenton-Fallon. Actress Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) sparkled with a bold tennis necklace.

Laura Harrier wearing a Bulgari tennis necklace with impressive diamonds.

Laura Harrier wearing a Bulgari necklace.

Photo @lauraharrier

How to wear tennis jewellery?

Tennis jewellery is versatile enough to look fab with anything, from an LBD to a suit. Additionally, it elevates any outfit and looks effortlessly chic with a white T-shirt and jeans. Pair a tennis bracelet with your watch for a cool look. You can also try more than one bracelet; a white and a champagne diamond bands, for example, together with your Rolex will look sporty yet über-chic. Otherwise, wear your tennis bracelet by itself as Meghan Markle did at Prince Charles’ birthday.

The necklaces and bracelets are stackable, so don’t be shy and wear several together. More is more, so mix your tennis necklace with many gold chains and pearls.

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Title photo: Model Coco Rocha at amfAR’s Gala Cannes event at the Hotel du Cap d’Antibes, wearing a diamond tennis necklace from Chopard. @shutterstock