Tennis bracelets guide
History and background
A tennis bracelet is a bracelet that contains small diamonds or gems connected by a thin, precious metal chain. As a piece of elegant jewelry, tennis bracelets are usually made of 14K or 18K gold, or platinum. The name ‘tennis bracelet’ originates from the 1987 US Open when professional tennis player, Chris Evert, lost her diamond bracelet during a match. Evert asked the officials to pause the game to look for her bracelet—all while spectators and TV viewers watched the search. Since that day, the line diamond bracelet has been referred to as the tennis bracelet. Viewers and tennis
players alike have been inspired to wear diamond bracelets themselves.
Assessing the quality of a tennis bracelet
When it comes to determining the quality of a tennis bracelet, you’ll want to consider the metal used, along with the quality and beauty of the diamonds. Metal type and color—usually platinum, white gold, rose gold or yellow gold—is chosen primarily based on personal preference and budget. Both 14K or 18K gold are durable enough for everyday wear, as is platinum. Review our guide to platinum and gold here for more detailed information.
For the diamonds, you’ll want to look at them closely with the naked eye or high-resolution imagery. While the center diamonds of engagement rings should always be certified, the diamonds in tennis bracelets are too small to make the expense of grading the diamonds worthwhile. For example, if you were to certify 55 diamonds in a tennis bracelet, the certifications would cost almost five thousand dollars alone. Because there are no certifications for most tennis bracelet diamonds, it’s especially important to buy a tennis bracelet from a thoroughly vetted, reputable vendor. Much of what you are paying for in a tennis bracelet is craftsmanship and style.
In reviewing the diamonds, yourself, make sure they offer brilliance—meaning light reflects back to the eye, creating sparkle. You’ll also want to ensure the diamonds look eye clean (meaning they don’t have any noticeable blemishes) and that the stones look white in relation to the setting. If you’d like assistance in evaluating the diamonds of a tennis bracelet, contact us and one of our experts will help you out.
Tennis bracelet styles and settings
Styles of tennis bracelets vary. While most designs contain one row or loop of diamonds, some bracelets have two or even three rows of stones. Most tennis bracelets utilize round cut diamonds, although some styles incorporate emerald cuts or princess cuts.
Settings are usually one of three varieties: prong, channel or bezel. Each style securely holds the diamond and offers a unique look. The bracelet design you choose should be based on personal preference.
Usually 3 or 4 prongs per diamond (both options are secure).
The metal prongs hold the stone and allow light to pass through the diamond’s pavilion.
Designed with two rows of thin metal to hold the stone on either side with the stones in the middle.
Diamonds fit closely together.
Bezel (or Half Bezel)
Metal surrounds the stone, similar to a watch head. In a half bezel, metal is connected to only two sides of the stone.
How to determine sizing for a tennis bracelet
In general, bracelet sizes don’t matter as much as ring sizes do, though you still want to get as close as you can. Measuring the person’s wrist with a flexible measuring tape will produce the most accurate size. You can also wrap a piece of yarn or ribbon around the wrist then measure the length with a standard ruler. No matter which measuring tool you use, add an inch or half an inch to your measurement to calculate bracelet size. For example, if the wrist measures 6 inches, consider a 6.5- or 7-inch bracelet.
If you’re purchasing the tennis bracelet as a gift and don’t know wrist size, use 7-7.5 as a starting guide. 7-7.5 is the most popular bracelet size for women. If you think she has smaller or larger wrists than the average person, adjust up or down accordingly.
Tennis bracelets are often easily adjusted by removing a link to shorten the chain.
Diamond Pendants guide
Diamonds pendants: the fundamentals
A diamond pendant is a necklace with a central diamond that’s attached by a small loop to a jewelry chain made of precious metal (usually gold or platinum). The word ‘pendant’ comes from the Old French “pendre” and Latin word “pedere”—both meaning “to hang down.” Diamond pendants are often given as a symbol of love, specifically eternal love.
Choosing a diamond
When it comes to selecting a diamond pendant, be sure to choose a high quality, well cut stone. A diamond with a high level of fire and brilliance will sparkle far more than a poorly cut diamond (which will end up looking dull).
For pendants, use the following parameters to assess a diamond:
A diamond that is cut well maximizes the light that strikes each pavilion—reflecting it back through the diamond’s table and crown to your eye. Depending on the diamond’s shape and the certifying body, Excellent and Ideal diamonds are the best cut stones—though you’ll still need to review the diamond closely through high resolution imagery. You can also ask for help from an expert.
Most importantly, ensure the diamond looks white in relation to its setting.
Because pendants are worn directly in the line of sight, Clarity is even more important in pendant diamonds than in rings. Review the diamond carefully to ensure no blemishes and inclusions are present when looking at the stone with the naked eye. Use a vendor with incredible video technology to have a strong advantage when assessing a diamond’s Clarity. If you’d like an expert evaluation, contact us and we’ll review the diamond for you.
The shape you choose for your diamond pendant—whether it’s round, oval or heart-shaped—is primarily based on personal preference. Look at a variety of shapes to see what matches the wearer’s style the best. The most popular and timeless shape for a pendant is a round diamond.
Diamond pendant styles and settings
Several precious metals are available for your chain and pendant. You can select 14K or 18K gold as both are durable enough for everyday wear. Gold colors include yellow, rose and white—and the decision should be made with the wearer’s preferences in mind. Pendant chains also come in platinum, though the price is higher and often not necessary.
popular setting styles for pendants usually include prongs (typically four) because prongs allow the most light to enter the diamond and reflect back to the eye.
Other designs include halo settings (small stones surround the main stone)
Most importantly, be sure to purchase your diamond pendant from a reliable vendor.
How To Determine Chain Length
The length of your chain will be based primarily on personal preference and what’s offered by the vendor. Standard chain lengths range from 16 to 24 inches, with 18 inches being the most common. With a 16 inch chain, the diamond will rest above the sternum (unless the person has a thin neck, then the diamond will hang lower). With an 18 inch chain, the pendant will likely fall right about at the sternum—and a 22 or 24 inch chain usually puts the diamond lower than the sternum.Consider the person you’re buying for and their style. When in doubt, measure the chain lengths of their favorite necklaces.
Diamond earrings/studs guide
Diamond stud earrings are the perfect gift. Every woman needs them. Every woman wants a pair. They’re probably the most versatile piece of jewelry out there. She can wear them with anything, for any occasion. They’re great for casual evenings, great for work, and great for formal occasions. If you haven’t yet given your girlfriend, wife, or fiancé a pair, you can always count on this simple gift to make her very happy (and make you look like a king). If you have already given your girlfriend, wife, or fiancé a pair of diamond studs, then you can always buy her a larger pair.
Here are the steps for how to buy diamond stud earrings:
Figure out your budget.
Choose a metal type and color.
Choose a setting style.
Decide whether to build your own or buy pre-set.
If building your own, make sure your two stones match.
If buying pre-set, follow our recommendations below.
If you are buying studs that are two carat total weight or higher (1.00ct each) you will probably want to “build your own pair.” You do this by choosing specific certified diamonds that match and having them put them in the setting of your choice. When going this route, you’ll need some help making sure the two stones match, and making sure you’re not spending too much on features that will go to waste. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We will gladly look through inventory online and send you recommendations of specific stones.
When looking at stud earrings that are smaller than 2ctw, it makes more sense to purchase a pair of non-certed preset diamonds. As we explained, the exact clarity and colors don’t matter as much on stud earrings and you can get better value with non-certed diamonds in this case (the certification cost alone would add 35% to the cost of these pairs).
Here’s a general guideline of what to look for when buying studs online:
H-J is the right range for color. No need to go higher than this; you won’t be able to appreciate the very high color from the normal distance from which you look at studs on someone’s ears.
In theory, you should be able to buy a pair of studs that are graded I1 clarity without a problem. But unfortunately, since most online vendors sell their studs uncertified, it’s difficult to trust anyone selling something marked as I1.
This is far more important when it comes to studs than color or clarity is. Really the only thing you notice about studs (unless the quality is very poor) is the sparkle and the size. Therefore it’s imperative that the diamond is well cut. Not only will that make the diamond more brilliant, but you need to avoid deeply cut diamonds as they will end up looking small as well.
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