It may be a TALL order to execute Chris Evert’s Grand Slam–winning backhand, but her penchant for diamond-encrusted wristwear is certainly more than achievable. Coming into vogue during the Roaring Twenties, the “eternity bracelet” was all the rage for the upper echelons of society as a gesture of everlasting love. It wasn’t until 1978 that the term “tennis bracelet” took off after Evert wore an elegant version during a match—where it proceeded to break, spilling across the court, and causing a pause so she could collect the pieces.
From parlor floor to tennis court, these gem-encrusted bracelets quickly became synonymous with the sporty and rich—including Evert’s fellow champions Serena and Venus Williams. Riffing off the classic design, our current favorite are worthy opponents for the century-old original.
Shop our Favorite Tennis Bracelets
Hepburn Diamond, Sapphire and Rose-Gold Bracelet by Anita Ko
Flicker Bracelet by Fernando Jorge
Bezel Set Diamond & Emerald Tennis Bracelet by Chris Evert x Monica Rich Kosann
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Lucy Baguette and Round Diamond Bracelet by Sethi Couture
River Bracelet Multi Sapphires by Mad Lords
Princess Midi Emerald Tennis Bracelet by Suzanne Kalan
Tiffany Victoria Tennis Bracelet in Platinum with Diamonds
Nova Bracelet by Eva Fehren
Emerald Cut Bezel Diamond Bracelet by Anita Ko
Pink Sapphire Buttercup Tennis Bracelet by Mateo