Summer is nearing its very end, which means bye-bye bangle season and time to slip into some new wrist candy. By their very nature, tennis bracelets are meant for wear where bangles just won’t do.
The history of the term “tennis bracelet” is interesting, and quite literal. Prior to 1987, tennis bracelets were commonly called “inline bracelets,” a term coined by their structure, which featured diamonds lined up tightly next to one another. During the U.S. Open in 1987, though, women’s tennis star Chris Evert requested that officials pause her match because her diamond bracelet had fallen off mid-play. She requested time to search for her bracelet, and from that point on, the term “tennis bracelet” was coined.
Tennis is one of the few sports where it is fairly common for athletes to sport jewelry (no pun intended). According to Livestrong.com, “The form of a tennis or an eternity bracelet makes it ideal for sporty women whose active lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to the wearing of bangles or heavy jewelry.” Tennis bracelets are typically lightweight and flexible, making them less likely to be damaged during vigorous activity.
There’s a few lessons we can learn from Evert’s U.S. Open blunder. First, if you do wear a tennis bracelet during an athletic event (or any time you’re at risk of losing it, really), make sure the bracelet has a safety clasp. Another alternative to risking losing a precious piece of jewelry that can cost thousands of dollars is to opt for a more affordable sterling silver and cubic zirconia tennis bracelet. Modern tennis bracelets come in a variety of gemstone colors, sizes, and designs, appropriate for every occasion from everyday to formal wear- and even, if you ask Chris Evert, sportswear.