Tennis Bracelets: For the Win

With the 2014 US Open in full swing, just a short train ride away from us in NYC, we’re taking a moment to look back at an infamous incident from the 1987 competition.

Tennis champ Chris Evert noticed mid-match that she had lost her diamond line bracelet. Game play was paused so she could hunt for it on the court. Even since, this style has been referred to as a “tennis bracelet,” with Evert even lending her name to a custom jewelry collection at one point. 

However, diamond line or “eternity” bracelets date back to the early 20th century. Given the minimalist style and effortless wearability of these pieces, it comes as no surprise that there are some fabulous examples from the Art Deco movement, since it celebrated geometric design and clean lines in particular.

Check out some fabulous line bracelets from the Gray & Davis archive. We love the sapphire accents, another Art Deco favorite! 

From the Gray & Davis archive: Art Deco diamond line bracelet, Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelets.

From the Gray & Davis archive: Art Deco diamond line bracelet, Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelets.

Given the incredible attention to detail that jewelers gave their (now vintage) pieces, they often came with a safety clasp, something Evert’s bracelet lacked. It’s a feature we recommend both on and off the court.