Tennis season is on, so it’s a perfect time to look at the tennis bracelet – a great piece of jewellery that comes with a great story.
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During the 1987 U.S. Tennis Championships, tennis champion Chris Evert’s diamond line bracelet fell off her wrist while playing a match. The match was abruptly suspended until her beloved bracelet was found. When asked about it in an interview, she called the missing piece of jewellery her “tennis bracelet,” and so the iconic name was born.
The bracelet Evert was wearing during the match was a line bracelet set with diamonds made by noted jewelry designer George Bedewi. Traditionally featuring diamonds, this style of bracelet can also be set with colored stones or a combination of diamonds and colored stones. Thanks to Evert’s incident that brought it into the national spotlight, sales of the bracelet exploded and became forever known as the tennis bracelet.
Nearly 30 years have passed since Evert’s unforgettable on-court incident, and the tennis bracelet is still a fashion accessory and a classic of jewellery.