The Timeless Elegance of the Tennis Bracelet: A Dazzling Journey Through History

The Timeless Elegance of the Tennis Bracelet: A Dazzling Journey Through History

2023 Coco Graff Tennis Bracelet HistoryWhen it comes to jewelry, few pieces possess the enduring allure and elegance of the tennis bracelet. This iconic accessory has graced the wrists of fashion-conscious individuals for decades, transcending time and trends. But do you know the fascinating history behind this classic piece? Join us on a journey through time as we explore the origins and evolution of the tennis bracelet, a true symbol of timeless beauty.

The Birth of the Tennis Bracelet:

The tennis bracelet's story begins not on the tennis court, as you might expect, but during the 1987 U.S. Open Women's Singles Championship. Renowned tennis player Chris Evert was wearing a stunning diamond bracelet from her collection during a match. However, what started as an innocent fashion choice soon led to an unexpected and iconic moment in the history of jewelry.

During a particularly intense rally, Chris Evert's diamond bracelet clasp snapped, causing her to stop the game and search for her lost diamonds. The match was temporarily halted while she collected her precious gems. This incident quickly garnered media attention, and the bracelet came to be known as the "tennis bracelet." Ironically, the very incident that interrupted a tennis match gave birth to a new jewelry classic, reminiscent of the recent triumph the U.S. Open where the young sensation Coco Gauff secured her first Grand Slam singles title at the tender age of 19, a testament to the power of determination and timeless elegance in the world of sports and fashion.

The Tennis Bracelet’s Evolution:

Stacked Le Vian Tennis BraceletsFrom its early days, this piece of jewelry has undergone numerous transformations to suit changing fashion tastes and materials. During the art deco era of the 1920’s, tennis bracelets were called line bracelets and  generally consisted of square-cut diamond stones fit closely together in a row. They were affectionately nicknamed “service stripes,” harkening to the decorations worn by the military to denote a certain amount of time spent in service; in the context of jewelry, they were often given on wedding anniversaries and symbolized successful “tours of duty.” This whimsical reference added a touch of charm to these exquisite pieces.


During this era, well-heeled women and glamorous Hollywood stars piled these line bracelets on their wrists, creating a seriously extravagant arm party. The tennis bracelet became a symbol of opulence and sophistication, layered with other diamond bracelets to achieve a dazzling and luxurious look.

Le Vian, known for its exquisite jewelry creations, has played a significant role in redefining the tennis bracelet, combining classic elegance with modern aesthetics. Today, you can find tennis bracelets adorned with a dazzling array of colored gemstones, from vibrant sapphires and emeralds to the rich, chocolatey hues of Le Vian's signature Chocolate Diamonds®. Our designs pay homage to the timeless allure of the original while embracing contemporary trends, ensuring that your Le Vian tennis bracelet is a statement of both heritage and style.

Timeless Elegance and Versatility:

Stack of Modern Le Vian Tennis BraceletsOne of the enduring qualities of the tennis bracelet is its remarkable versatility. It effortlessly complements both casual and formal attire, making it a must-have piece for any jewelry collection. Whether you're attending a black-tie event or dressing up a casual outfit, a tennis bracelet adds a touch of sophistication and sparkle to your ensemble.

Furthermore, its timeless design ensures that it remains in style year after year, making it an excellent investment piece. As trends come and go, the tennis bracelet remains a constant symbol of grace and beauty.

The history of the tennis bracelet is a testament to the enduring appeal of classic jewelry. From its unexpected origins on the tennis court to its evolution into a stunning accessory available in various gemstones and designs, the tennis bracelet has captured the hearts of jewelry enthusiasts around the world. At Le Vian, we are proud to continue the legacy of this iconic piece, crafting tennis bracelets that radiate timeless elegance and luxury. Whether you wear one adorned with diamonds or a burst of colorful gemstones, the tennis bracelet will forever hold its place as a symbol of refined sophistication.