Diamond Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 in Guides.

white gold diamond tennis bracelet

When you think of a fine jewelry staple, chances are diamond tennis bracelets are one of the first items that come to mind. Sometimes referred to as diamond line bracelets, tennis bracelets feature a row of diamonds connected by precious metal. They’re stylish, sophisticated, timeless, and versatile. They can be worn with jeans or with an elegant gown. They’re also one of the more significant jewelry purchases you’re likely ever going to make so it’s a good idea to know all of your options before buying one. Here’s everything you should keep in mind when picking out a diamond tennis bracelet.

What metal would you prefer? For diamond bracelets, we recommend going with either platinum or gold (white, yellow, or rose). Whichever metal you decide on pretty much comes down to personal preference. Platinum is the most durable and will protect your diamonds the best, but will cost the most. Sterling silver will be the most affordable option, but won’t protect your diamonds as well as platinum or gold. That’s why we only recommend this metal when the diamonds are small and there aren’t a lot of them. Gold is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a durable metal that won’t cost as much as platinum.

What size diamonds would you like? Diamonds that are very large in size can appear showy while diamonds that are small can appear insignificant and lack sparkle. It’s a good idea to find a size somewhere in between the two extremes, one that will fit within your budget. Another thing to consider is whether or not you want all of the diamonds to be uniform in size.

descending size diamond tennis bracelet

Descending Size Diamond Bracelet

What level of quality do you want your diamonds to be? Size, or carat weight, tends to be the primary consideration when it comes to the 4 C’s, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other diamond quality factors. As with size, the quality of diamonds you’ll be able to get in a tennis bracelet will primarily be determined by your budget. The most valuable and sought after tennis bracelets feature diamonds that are colorless, have little to no inclusions, and have excellent cuts. In most cases, it’s okay to sacrifice a bit on quality since the differences from one quality level to the next aren’t that noticeable in diamond tennis bracelets. And if you’re looking to save even more money, consider going with a yellow gold or rose gold diamond bracelet, where you’ll be able to get away with warmer colored diamonds more easily than you would in a colorless setting.

What diamond shape do you like the most? Most women prefer tennis bracelets that are set with round, brilliant cut diamonds, but there are other options available as well, including square princess cut diamonds and rectangular emerald cut diamonds.

princess cut diamond tennis bracelet

Princess Cut Diamond Bracelet

What’s your ideal style? There are a lot of different variations of the diamond tennis bracelet. It’s a good idea to research all of the different styles available so you can get a better sense of what you do and do not like.

diamond tennis bracelet

How do you want the diamonds set? Prong set, channel set, and bezel set are the three most popular types of diamond bracelet settings. With a prong setting, three or four pieces of metal hold each diamond in place. Channel settings have a line of metal on both the top and bottom that hold the diamonds in place. In bezel set diamond bracelets, metal completely surrounds each diamond. Prong set diamond bracelets tend to have the most sparkle, as more light is able to enter and leave the diamond, while bezel set tennis bracelets offer the most diamond protection.

prong set diamond tennis bracelet

Prong Set Diamond Bracelet

channel set diamond tennis bracelet

Channel Set Diamond Bracelet

bezel set diamond tennis bracelet

Bezel Set Diamond Bracelet

How many rows of diamonds do you want? Diamond tennis bracelets can have just one row of diamonds or they can have several. If you prefer a more delicate look, go with one row. If you’re looking for more of a statement jewelry piece, consider two or more rows of diamonds.

three row diamond tennis bracelet

Three Row Diamond Bracelet

Do you want other gemstones set in your bracelet? If you’d like something with a little more color, consider alternating sapphires, rubies, or emeralds with the diamonds.

sapphire and diamond bracelet

Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet

Do you prefer a bangle or bracelet? Diamond bangles offer a more contemporary look and are easier to put on and take off. Diamond bracelets are more traditional and will require slightly more effort to put on and remove.

white gold diamond bangle bracelet

Diamond Bangle

What length should you get? The standard diamond bracelet is seven inches long. However, depending on your wrist size, you may need a smaller or larger size. We recommend getting a bracelet that is long enough to fit around your wrist and leave enough space to fit a finger in between the bracelet and your wrist. Anything tighter or looser than that can feel uncomfortable.

Where should you buy a tennis bracelet? Because tennis bracelets have a lot of diamonds, you’re going to want to make sure you purchase the bracelet from a reputable source, one that can expertly match up and properly secure all of the diamonds and ensure that all of the gemstones are free from chips and cracks. You should only purchase a diamond tennis bracelet from a jewelry store you trust, one that will stand behind the quality of their jewelry and will be there for you in case you ever need a repair, checkup, or courtesy cleaning.

Click here to see our current selection of diamond tennis bracelets. Contact us at 414-276-2457 or info@kloiberjewelers.com for pricing on any of the diamond tennis bracelets shown in this guide.