Brief History

Wearing bracelets as jewelry is believed to go back about 7,000 years.   The word "bracelet" is derived from the Greek word "brachile", which means "of the arm". 

 

Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, and their ability to refract light makes them sparkle like no other substance on earth.  Incorporating diamonds into jewelry appears to have started in Ancient India about 3,000 years ago.

Bracelets were worn in Ancient, Greece, and Rome although these were not diamond bracelets.

During the Middle Ages diamonds and gemstones started to become incorporated into the royal jewelry of kings and queens.  European innovation continued into the 1800's with charms.

The subsequent Art Deco and Edwardian eras of jewelry started to incorporate modern diamond chain link bracelets as mainstream.  It is believed to be around 1920 in which the "diamond line bracelet" was first manufactured.  This is today's modern diamond bracelet, or "tennis bracelet".

 

By the 1960's diamond bracelets were becoming even more mainstream.​

American tennis legend Chris Evert played tennis wearing a diamond bracelet in the 1970's and 1980's, which was uncommon.  During a match at the US Open apparently Chris Evert's diamond bracelet's clasp broke, and her bracelet popped off.  The match was stopped until the diamond bracelet was recovered off of the court.  Hence, the term "tennis bracelet" was coined for the diamond bracelet.

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