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Luxury vintage bracelet with 2.80 carat diamonds, circa 1995

Do you know why bracelets like this one are called tennis bracelets? Actually, the term tennis bracelet means a bracelet set with diamonds all around, but those with other gemstones can also be called so. Now you are surely wondering what such a bracelet has to do with tennis? 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 interrupted specifically so that she could bring her beloved piece of jewelry to safety. 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 of 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 jewelry. Because the individually set gemstones are held in place by movable elements made of precious metal, a tennis bracelet adapts very nicely to the shape of the wrist. The exquisite bracelet on display here will delight you with its splendidly sparkling setting: thirty-five brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of about 2.80 carats are set in high-carat white gold. Each of the elements is movably connected to the next, making the bracelet wonderfully soft and easy to wear on the wrist. The precious gemstone set radiates a cool firework of flashing light reflections in its bright settings. A safety clip under the lock makes it nearly impossible to lose the precious band, so it holds securely even when playing tennis. The result is simple and luxurious understatement, timeless and also wearable every day. No coincidence, therefore, that it found its way to us from Hamburg.

The term "Top Wesselton" was introduced in reference to a diamond mine named Wesselton, in which a particularly large number of diamonds in fine white were found. The mine, in turn, 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 from the Wesselton Mine are characterized by their exceptionally good quality and their freedom from inclusions to the greatest extent possible. Similar to the case of 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.