The Ultimate Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide

Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide:

Our Top Recommended Vendors:
James Allen:
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Bracelets Used in Video:
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Hey there, it’s Ira and Mike, the Diamond Pros. Today we’ll be talking about a great piece of jewelry if you’re considering buying your loved one a meaningful significant gift – the tennis bracelet.

People often wonder why in the world diamond bracelets are called “tennis bracelets” of all things. The answer is that in the 1987 US Open, top player Chris Evert’s diamond bracelet went flying off her wrist in the middle of a match. She paused play while everyone on the court stopped to look for her bracelet. Since then, the diamond bracelet adopted the name Tennis Bracelet.

There are a few important things to keep in mind when buying one of these stunning pieces of jewelry. The first, and probably most important, is the question of where to buy the tennis bracelet. The reason this is so critical is because a tennis bracelet is made up of many smaller diamonds – too small to get certified on their own. Since that’s the case, trusting the vendor is all you have to rely on. Thankfully, though, there are fantastic vendors out there like James Allen and Blue Nile that have high quality diamonds and have an amazing selection.

You’ll also need to decide what color and type of metal you’ll want with your tennis bracelet. If you want color, your options are yellow or rose gold. If you want white, you can choose either platinum or white gold. The color is a matter of personal preference or style. In terms of the purity of the gold, going lower (like 14k gold vs 18k gold) will be less pure, but it will be stronger and cheaper. We also typically recommend White gold over platinum as it’s a much better value.

The next thing to choose is the setting style. Here you have 3 basic options: prong, channel, or bezel. This refers to how the diamonds are actually held onto the bracelet. Here you can see what a prong set bracelet looks like. Little metal prongs hold the diamonds. With channel set bracelets, the diamonds are set in a row, or channel, on the bracelet and are only gripped on their sides. Bezel set bracelets are where each diamond is set individually with the metal surrounding the girdle of the diamond.

And finally, you’ll need to figure out what length bracelet you need. The best thing to do is actually measure the future recipient’s wrist either using a flexible measuring tape or by using a piece of string and laying it down next to a ruler. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’s not like fitting a ring.

This has been Ira and Mike the Diamond Pros. Thanks for watching!