The Appeal of the Tennis Bracelet

I’ve always loved tennis bracelets, but I’ve thought the term was odd.  After all, you’re not going to throw on diamonds and jewels to go play tennis, are you?

I mean, some people might, but those of us who live in the real world and who try to get by on real-world paychecks aren’t likely to glam up for a day on the courts.

Then again, perhaps royalty does that.

tennis braceletWhile the simple, elegant, stone-laden bracelet that we call a “tennis bracelet” has been around for decades, if not longer, he term “tennis bracelet” is a relatively new one.  Reportedly, it dates from the mid-1980s, when professional tennis player Chris Evert, who did have the finances to wear diamonds while playing, stopped in the middle of a match to pick up her bracelet, which had fallen off of her wrist during play.

Apparently, someone took note of that otherwise, not-noteworthy event and applied the name “tennis bracelet” to that particular type of jewelry.   The name stuck, and from that day forward, the term has been used to describe any simple bracelet that has gemstones in a line.

The beauty of a tennis bracelet is that it really can be worn for virtually any occasion, be it casual or formal.  You can wear it with jeans or you can wear it with an evening gown, and no one is likely to criticize you for it.  In all likelihood, they’ll just ask you where you got it.

As tennis bracelets have been around for a long time, “where you got it” can vary widely.  Of course, you can run down to Tiffany if you like, and they’d be happy to sell you one that costs a fortune.  If that’s your thing, by all means, you go, girl!

You can also find them at your local antique shop or antique mall, and sometimes you can find a variety of them.  If you’re into costume or paste jewelry, you’ll likely find older versions that suit your taste, and the best part is that they aren’t likely to cost you a fortune.

Most older tennis bracelets are sterling and have glass or some other type of faux stone in them, so it’s quite possible to find beautiful examples for prices that won’t break your bank.

If you’re the type that just wants to buy but you don’t want to spend all day looking, you’d be surprised at how many affordable vintage tennis bracelets can be had at eBay.  I was rather shocked myself to see that you can find a lot of attractive ones for less than $50.

Of course, you can spend a lot more if you’d like to have some real-life bling in your bracelet.  After all, real diamonds do attract attention more than glass or amethyst.  If you want to get a diamond-laden tennis bracelet, you can easily spend five figures or more, even if buying a vintage one.

Regardless of whether you’re buying a tennis bracelet with real gemstones or the faux variety, they’re fun and fashionable and something that you can wear any time of year.  If you buy one, be sure to wear it!