A classic beauty

Exquisite vintage tennis bracelet with 2,45 ct diamonds in white gold, around 1950

The diamond bracelet is a classic of jewellery design. In the early 20th century, these accessories, as elegant as they are casual, were so popular and sought after that the lady of the world wore several of them at once. Even in the 1930s, a jewellery catalogue could advise gentlemen looking for a gift: "It is often difficult for a gentleman to give a lady a present - let us only think of a ring! After all, one wants to surprise, so one can't ask about the size beforehand! Perhaps this is an important reason for the fact that especially such charming bracelets (...) are ordered especially much by gentlemen. Here, after all, there are no such difficulties, and the pleasure of a bracelet is certainly nothing less!" The bracelet here was made just a little later, in the years around 1950, as the cuts of the diamonds suggest. Floral engravings on the sides are still very much in the pre-war tradition. Crafted of 14-karat white gold, the band sets a whole row of equally sized brilliant-cut diamonds of uniform color and quality. A total of thirty-five diamonds with a total weight of approximately 2.45 carats have come together here - this is a simple yet beautifully sparkling tennis bracelet in select materials. You can read more about how the tennis bracelet got its name under "Learn more"!

Do you know why bracelets set with diamonds all around like this one are called tennis bracelets? It's thanks to an incident during a tennis match at the 1987 US Open. At that time, Chris Evert lost her diamond-studded Rivière bracelet during a serve. As a result, the match was interrupted so that she could put her beloved piece of jewelry back on. This was the birth of the term "tennis bracelet", which has gone down in jewellery history ever since the tennis event. But of course tennis bracelets existed even before the legendary match of 1987, because they were extremely popular at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, however, they were still very appropriately called "rivières". This French word means "river" and describes the flowing appearance of this piece of jewellery. Because the individually set diamonds are held in place by movable elements made of platinum or gold, a tennis bracelet adapts beautifully to the shape of the wrist and can actually create the impression of a sparkling flowing stream.

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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.

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