Did you know that the diamond bracelet has a funny twist of history to it? It's not often that
the name of a piece of jewelry is altered due to an accident.
But such is the case with diamond bracelets. They got somewhat of name change when Tennis star Chris Evert was
wearing an expensive diamond bracelet featuring an inline string of individually-set diamonds. At some point during
the match, the clasp snapped and she lost her brilliant piece of jewelry.
Chris asked the officials to stop the match until the jewelry could be found. Since that
event-filled, day, bracelets featuring an inline array of diamonds have been called tennis bracelets every
since. Ok, enough of the history lesson for now.
Diamond bracelets are popular accessories, especially for formal occasions, due to their
sparkle and luster. Individual diamonds (or reasonable facsimiles) are placed in square settings and then strung
into a bracelet held together by a clasp. The settings and support wiring may be constructed from silver or
other quality jewelry metal. The individual settings allow tennis bracelets to move comfortably while worn.
Diamond Bracelet Safety
An important element of a well-constructed diamond bracelet is the safety latch. The clasp of
a typical such bracelet depends on a springy metal latch meshing securely with a hook. Over time, this clasp
style can become less reliable. Therefore, jewelry designers include a secondary security measure in these
bracelets. The two most common styles of safety latches are chains and “figure eights.”
The chain safety latch connects from one small stud to another on the other side of the main
clasp. If the main clasp fails, the chain should hold the bracelet intact until it can be repaired. The figure
eight safety latch is a small double loop of metal. One loop snaps over a small post on one side of the main
clasp, while the other loop snaps over a similar post on the opposite side.
Even if the main clasp separates, the figure eight loops will keep tennis bracelets from
separating from the owner’s wrist. You don’t want to have an incident such as the one encountered by Chris
Evert. Think about how you would feel if you lost an expensive bracelet.
Your bracelet should be custom fitted for maximum security and comfort. Bracelets that fit too
loosely can easily become snagged and pulled. Overly snug tennis bracelets can chafe the skin and become
stretched to the point of breakage. The ideal fit allows one finger to pass easily between the bracelet and
The Diamond Bracelet Then and Now
The idea of wearing something around the wrist or upper arm dates back to 5000 BC in ancient
Egypt. Throughout various cultures, bracelets were worn for good
fortune, to denote status, to provide protection from evil spirits and more currently to promote awareness of
Numerous styles of bracelets surface, come in and go out of style. Today, you will find
bracelets made from different metals with diamonds embedded into them. These bracelets made of gold, silver or
Platinum, have diamonds using the most beautiful designs and loveliest combinations.
Source: Vicente Ross, http://DiamondExperts.biz/