Wesselton River

Elegant vintage tennis bracelet with 4.75 ct diamonds in white gold, 1950s

Do you know why they call bracelets like this one "tennis bracelets"? It's thanks to an incident during a tennis match at the US Open. Here, Chris Evert lost her diamond-studded Rivière bracelet during a match and the match was stopped specifically so that she could retrieve her beloved piece of jewellery. This was the birth of the tennis bracelet, which has gone down in jewelry history under this term since the tennis event in 1987. Of course, tennis bracelets existed even before the tennis match in 1987, they were especially popular at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, however, they were still very appropriately called rivière bracelets. The French word "rivière" means "river" and describes the "flowing" appearance of this piece of jewellery. Because the individually set gemstones are held in place by moveably mounted elements, a tennis bracelet adapts beautifully to the shape of the wrist. According to the cuts of the diamonds, this fine example dates from the 1950s of the 20th century. No less than 28 precious brilliant-cut diamonds of radiant white color are set in high-carat white gold and brought together in an elegant design. Each of the square chain elements is flexibly connected to the next, making the bracelet wonderfully soft and easy to wear on the wrist. The precious gemstone set with a total weight of approximately 4.75 carats radiates a firework of flashing light reflections in its expressive settings. Only brilliant cut diamonds in a colour spectrum ranging from top Wesselton to Wesselton have been used. The result is simple and noble understatement, timeless and therefore absolutely wearable every day. A wonderful, precious piece that enchants with the richness of its features and will be a wonderful eye-catcher on any wrist!

The term "Top Wesselton" was introduced in reference to a diamond mine named Wesselton, where a particularly large number of fine white diamonds were found. The mine itself was named after J. J. Wessels Senior, the owner of the Benaaudheidfonein Farm, where the Wesselton Mine originated in 1890 as a result of diamond discoveries. The mine, which was active until 2005, was located in South Africa, near the border between the Cape Colony and the Orange River Colony. In 1891, the mine was taken over by the De Beers diamond group. The diamonds of the Wesselton Mine are characterized by their exceptionally good quality and their freedom from inclusions to the greatest possible extent. As in the case of the Top Wesselton, the other names such as River are derived from the places of origin of the diamonds so named. River-quality gemstones have been found primarily in alluvial deposits - that is, in rivers (source: Renesim).

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.