Understated yet instantly recognisable to jewellery aficionados, a linked band of pavé diamonds laced around the wrist signifies a certain status – on or off the court. The tennis bracelet is a staple in any fine jewellery collection, as is its slightly less famous sister, the tennis necklace. Classic pieces, they make marvellously tasteful gifts, and are almost always prefixed with the word “timeless”. Tennis bracelets are often worn stacked in multiples, a trend that started in the ’20s when the design first became popular – although back then it was known as an eternity bracelet. ?
It wasn’t until much later that the “tennis” moniker was introduced, a development that – according to a story oft-referenced in jewellery circles and elsewhere online – can be traced back to when 18-time Grand Slam winner (and three-time Wimbledon champ) Chris Evert lost her diamond bracelet during the 1987 US Open, and insisted on dramatically stopping play until it was found. “I?never got one free?tennis bracelet, by the way, and I?feel like I?kind of had something to do with it [the name]!” she told AOL in 2018. “I just dropped my bracelet on centre court at the US Open, and that’s when they called it the tennis bracelet.”