Gold CZ Tennis Bracelets
Tennis Bracelets – Did you actually think the tennis bracelet was something to be worn while playing tennis? Sports jewelry, maybe? Well, in some respects you’re right. There’s a history to the tennis bracelet, which I will tell you in a moment.
Tennis bracelets are also known as in-line bracelets, and they are simply gold, white gold or silver bracelets that feature a symmetrical pattern of stones that are, well, in-laid. Most expensive bracelets are set with diamonds, or diamonds alternating with other colored gems. More recently the most popular type of tennis bracelet and the more affordable for the average woman is the silver or gold CZ tennis bracelet, with the synthetic cubic zirconia, diamond look-alike stones.
The reason they are called tennis bracelets actually has something to do with the tennis game as well. Apparently, according to most of the things I’ve read online about them, it has something to do with Chris Evert and her performance during the 1987 U.S. Open tennis match. While playing, apparently her diamond in-laid bracelet broke and they had to stop the game while she picked up her diamonds. From the telling of it, I’m not sure if all the diamonds actually came off her bracelet or if the snap broke and it simply came off all still in one piece.
In any case, this caused no small stir amongst the thousands of viewers watching the tennis match, and thus that particular type of bracelet became fashionably known as the ‘tennis bracelet’. Apparently, it also caused a real surge in the interest in that particular piece of jewelry, and thus the reason why you can find many different types of gold CZ tennis bracelets. Of course, they’re not only made out of gold but can be platinum or silver as well.
Generally, cubic zirconia tennis bracelets are cheaper than their diamond cousins, although I did notice 14K gold cubic zirconia bracelets for sale at Macey’s for $800! Many other listings, however, put them in the $30 to $50 price range. A lot of the variation in price has to do with the actual design of the bracelet too. Diamond tennis bracelets, run more to the tune of $2,000 to $5,000.
I would be perfectly fine with a silver or gold CZ tennis bracelet myself, and I think personally I stand a much better chance of getting one than of anyone buying me diamonds, at least not yet! I really do like the tennis bracelets, always have. I think they’re nicer than the charm bracelets that are also very popular these days; a bit more classy in my opinion. Of course, I’m sure not everyone shares my opinion. But if you are interested in a classic style bracelet to be sure to check out the range of tennis bracelets on sale.
Affordable Gold CZ Tennis Bracelets
While most women would love to own a 14ct gold diamond tennis bracelet, few women can afford the luxury these days! However, there is an alternative that is well within the price range of most, and that is a silver or gold CZ tennis bracelet! The cost of gold CZ tennis bracelets is much less, in most cases than tennis bracelets set with real diamonds.
For those of you who may not know what cubic zirconia stones are, simply put they are a synthesized stone, first commercially produced in 1976, that very closely resemble naturally formed diamonds. They match them in so many ways that it is sometimes difficult for the untrained eye to tell the difference.
If you are buying an engagement ring, well, it is probably important that you buy a genuine diamond. But when it comes to other jewelry, such as a tennis bracelet, it is often perfectly acceptable to buy a cubic zirconia tennis bracelet.
For all intents and purposes, they look much the same as a diamond tennis bracelet, with the one difference that is quickly noticed being the cost. Other differences, that a trained eye can see, are things such as whether it flashes color (fire) or light (brilliance) with diamonds having more brilliance and less fire than cubic zirconia stones. They’re also colorless, where a real diamond is rarely totally colorless and if it is, it costs a packet! Also, cubic zirconia stones are very hard, but not quite as hard as a diamond–still that is not something that an average jewelry buyer could tell.
Think about it though. If you are buying a tennis bracelet, why invest such a lot of money (up to $5000) for a diamond set bracelet, when you could have a look-alike bracelet, which would suit your needs and still look classy and elegant for hundreds of dollars instead of thousands?
They are not cheap jewelry, even if you buy gold tennis bracelets, but they aren’t as extravagantly priced as the all-diamond variety. Of course, if you are very rich, or a famous sportswoman, maybe you could afford a diamond tennis bracelet. If not, you really wouldn’t go wrong with the tennis bracelets!
Are Gold CZ Tennis Bracelets Safe to Wear For Sports?
Many people like to wear some form of jewelry when they play sports, but not all jewelry is safe to wear. In some instances, it can actually cause bodily damage, such as when an earring gets caught and ripped out, tearing the ear during a game of basketball, for example. In other instances, it’s just not practical to wear jewelry as it gets caught and broken. Gold tennis bracelets, however, are some of the safer jewelry to wear while playing sports, aside from rings which are perhaps the safest jewelry of all to wear.
Cubic Zirconia bracelets fit snug against the wrist in most instances, and unlike some other charm style bracelets with dangling charms and beads, tennis bracelets are made in such a way that the stones are inlaid in a flat style. This type of bracelet, until recently, was referred to as the in-line bracelet as the stones are all set in line with one another. While they may not be recommended for more strenuous sports, like basketball as an example, they are usually fine to wear for tennis, badminton, swimming, track, and other such noncontact sports.
One problem you may face with your tennis bracelet is that the snap may give way. It is important to keep an eye on the snaps themselves, as they can become worn and thus not close as firmly, or they may just pop right open. The best thing to do, if you’re going to wear tennis bracelets while playing sports, is to fit it with a safety chain. This chain should be short enough that even if the snap comes to open the bracelet will not easily slide off your wrist.
If you are planning on wearing your tennis bracelet while playing sports, you may want to set aside your diamond tennis bracelet and instead choose the cheaper, yet still very nice cubic zirconia bracelet. If anything should happen to your bracelet, the loss to your pocketbook would be a good deal less with tennis bracelets as they are not as costly to buy as the ‘real deal’ diamond tennis bracelet.
Chris Evert realized this during the 1987 US Open Tennis Tournament. It was during this match that her diamond in-line bracelet broke, and the game was halted while she picked up her diamond bracelet from the tennis court. This was when this style of the bracelet was labeled as the ‘tennis bracelet’. Naturally, a lot of interest in this style of the bracelet was also revived, thus making it a fashion bracelet.
But unless you are able and willing to part with diamonds, you probably should only wear gold CZ tennis bracelets whilst playing sports, or engaging in any activities that could result in either a lost or broken bracelet!
The Perfect Diamond Tennis Bracelet
Bracelets have always been popular with the rich, but none more so than the diamond tennis bracelet – and for good reason. Tennis bracelets come in exquisite styles and carry a very elegant presence that very effectively conveys the implicit notion that a wearer is a person of taste. The name “tennis bracelet” has little or nothing to do with the sport, and simply refers to a bracelet that has diamonds set in a symmetrical pattern. The style itself probably originates with the exclusive boutique French jewelry design houses that rose to popularity in the 19th century. Interestingly, tennis diamond bracelets are one of the few styles that are compatible with both sexes (although women generally wear slimmer designs than men). Today, diamond tennis bracelets are almost exclusively the domain of the very rich, due to the exclusivity granted them by their high price.
This price buys a lot of guarantees, however. For one thing, the craftsmanship is as close to perfect as you can get. The diamonds are securely seated so that the prongs/crown is unlikely to come off even with everyday wear (although actually playing tennis while wearing a bracelet is still not recommended). Furthermore, the level of variation within tennis bracelet designs is absolutely staggering. There are slim bracelets that carry hundreds of stunningly beautiful small stones, or thick bracelets that carry a small number of exquisitely huge diamonds. There are tennis bracelets with links, chains, or ball-and-socket joints. The upper limit on price is largely dictated by the number of stones set into the bracelet, and the more expensive bracelets can be in the range of hundreds of thousands of Dollars.
One of the first decisions when shopping for tennis bracelets is the metal you want it to be made of. As you can well imagine, the bracelets run the gamut of precious metals, from rose gold to palladium. Of course, the classic will always be the gold diamond tennis bracelet, which just reeks of “old money”. These fabulous pieces create a fantastic contrast between the gold and the diamonds and do an excellent job showcasing the interplay of light between the two. A diamond gold tennis bracelet will make your wrist dazzle, no question about it.
For the person seeking a slightly less flashy and slightly more muted look, white gold is probably the answer. A diamond white gold tennis bracelet still provides a fantastic luster but not the sort of overly ostentatious sparkle of gold. Interestingly, white gold bracelets are actually more expensive than yellow gold bracelets for exactly this reason – they cater to a more stylish and sophisticated crowd.
A fantastic alternative is the rose gold (also known as pink gold or Russian gold) bracelet. The interplay of light between the diamonds and the rose gold provides an effect that somewhat resembles a fiery sunset. A very individualistic choice rose gold bracelets are rather uncommon and are sure to attract a fantastic amount of attention.
The next choice, of course, is the size and amount of the diamonds. Generally, the choice is between a smaller number of large diamonds and a larger number of small diamonds. It is generally agreed that there are no savings to be found here – quality diamonds are always expensive. However, it is perhaps important to note that a larger number of small diamonds usually provides a more dazzling effect than a smaller number of large diamonds, particularly since the diamonds will usually be evenly spaced, so as to create an equal visual effect around the entire circumference of the diamond. When shopping around for tennis bracelets, keep this in mind.
Which Stone Cut for your Gold CZ Tennis Bracelets?
A cubic zirconia is cut and shaped in much the same way as a diamond, so knowing what the right cut your gold CZ tennis bracelets stone should be isn’t going to be that difficult. All you have to do is compare the cuts to typical diamond cuts and then base your decision on what would look best in your tennis bracelet.
Ever wondered why stones are cut the way they are? For diamonds and for cubic zirconia stones, the correct term for the popular rounded shaped is the round brilliant cut. The bottom of the jewel is a cone shape, while the top of the jewel is cut with a round face-up shape. Of course, the jewel isn’t smooth and round, exactly, but it has small facets cut into the design. This design is what causes any jewel to sparkle, the light refracting off each of the facets.
The most favored cut for a gold CZ tennis bracelet remains the round brilliant cut. They sparkle and are absolutely dazzling! Typically the cubic zirconia stone is set in either a round mold or a square mold. It fits perfectly in either shape.
Another favorite cut when it comes to the cubic zirconia stone set into a tennis bracelet is the Princess cut. Generally speaking, square or rectangular cuts just don’t shine the same as the round brilliant cut. Because of this, the Princess cut was specifically designed to get the max shine and sparkle from the rather boring square or rectangular cuts and it is now the second most popular cut for the cubic zirconia. The Princess cut has a square or rectangular top, while the bottom of the stone is a cone shape. The sides are faceted, and again the goal is brilliance and sparkles! Usually, though, even with gold CZ tennis bracelets, the princess cut stones are generally a bit cheaper than the Round Brilliant.
Of course, you are not limited to these classic cuts though, with your cubic zirconia bracelets. To the contrary, these days you can find stones cut in rectangular, oval, triangular or even heart shapes!
As the tennis bracelet is fashion jewelry, they are not limited to stones cut only one way or the other. A quick look online, at some of the online stores carrying gold CZ tennis bracelets, will show you the plethora of styles available these days. There’s definitely sure to be something just right for you.