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Arm Candy: Gorgeous Diamonds to Dress Up Your Wrist!

by Kat Morrow

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Any movement of a wrist adorned with diamonds displays a dancing of brilliant light which catches many an eye! They are simply joyful to wear!  

The ultimate arm candy is a diamond tennis bracelet and is a great gift idea for that woman who seemingly has it all! Not only is a tennis bracelet an incredible addition to any jewelry collection; it’s classic, timeless, and can be worn with anything from jeans to an evening gown—or even while on the tennis court.

Because that’s exactly where the name originated. 

The style has been around since the 1920s and was named the eternity bracelet until Chris Evert wore one on the tennis court while climbing the ranks to become the number one world tennis player in the 1970s and 1980s. She actually stopped her match during the US open in 1978 to find her bracelet when it broke and fell off her wrist. From that point on, the eternity bracelet became known as the tennis bracelet and the name stuck.

Diamonds and The 4 C’s

Similar to diamond stud earrings, the diamonds in a tennis bracelet do not have to be as high quality you’d want in an engagement ring. This means you can get more for your money! 

Just like your diamond stud earrings, people will view your bracelet from a distance. While you can skimp on clarity and color, don’t skimp on the cut—a good cut is what makes a diamond sparkle. Even if people do pull your hand closer to get a better look, the diamonds will catch the light and glisten to impress.

Carat Selection

Carat size is personal choice and mainly comes down to your budget. They can start from one-quarter carat to 10 carats total weight and up!  

Another thing to keep in mind is there is a rainbow of diamond colors to choose from. While crystal clear diamonds are beautiful for tennis bracelets, it might be fun to look at blue diamonds, yellow diamonds, or salt and pepper.  You can even mix the diamonds with colored gemstones like emerald, ruby & sapphire. The choices are endless!

Clasp Types

You want to keep the bracelet safely secured on your wrist so clasp design is critical. The three main clasp types to consider which are the most secure for tennis bracelets are the box clasp, hidden clasp, and lobster clasp.

The box clasp has a tongue and a box. The tongue is squeezed and fits securely into the box as it locks into place. The design is simple and discreet. You can also have a safety chain added for additional safety.

The hidden clasp is just that, hidden. It’s a triple folding clasp that you can’t see from the outside of the bracelet. The bracelet looks seamless, and the mechanism sits on your wrist behind the diamonds.

The lobster clasp. These secure clasps are spring loaded fasteners which look like a lobster claw where the arm stays closed until the lever is pushed.

Metal Color & Fit

Stick with white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum for tennis bracelets. While silver is a beautiful metal, it’s not ideal for tennis bracelets as it tends to tarnish quickly plus silver is a very soft metal and won’t hold the diamonds in place as securely.  

You may have a metal color you already gravitate toward, but if you don’t, I recommend selecting a color which looks good with your skin tone. As a rule of thumb, platinum and white gold have cool tones, yellow gold has a warm tone, and rose gold has a neutral tone.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match metal colors. It’s ok to wear both yellow and white gold pieces together.  

Fitting your bracelet is extremely important. You don’t want it to be too tight that you can’t move your wrist, and you surely don’t want it to be too large that it slips off. A good rule-of-thumb is you should be able to slip one finger in between your wrist and the bracelet. Most women prefer it to drape very slightly onto the top of the hand.  

So tennis player or not, I LOVE discovering and sourcing unique tennis bracelets for my clients. Contact me so we can find a bracelet to fit the personality and style you dream of.   

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