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After 127 years in business, one of the most enduring historical traits is our devotion to the classics. These are the kinds of pieces we have on our long-term “want” list and can’t wait to add to our jewelry box. Today, we’re talking about the straight line diamond bracelet, a piece seen in centuries old royal portraits and current street smart casual arm stacks.
The straight line diamond bracelet is just that – a single row, or line, of diamonds, each in its own tiny setting and linked closely to the next. We like to describe this as 55 pieces of jewelry soldered together to form a bracelet. A high degree of craftsmanship is needed to make the bracelet completely straight and flexible in order to best show the diamonds and provide the best wear. The wrist can take some bangs, just like the back of a ring, so quality in the metalwork is key here.
While these bracelets have been classics for centuries, they enjoyed a resurgence and got a new name in the early 1980’s. Chris Evert wore a “tennis bracelet” on her right wrist during a match. She hit the ball so hard, it knocked the bracelet off, so she switched it to her left wrist. Trends can happen quickly and the bracelet was an immediate hit. And this was prior to Instagram!
Any color metal and any shape diamond can be used, but the most classic seems to be white gold, round brilliant diamonds and 4-prong settings. We always have these in stock in many different diamond weights. We also have choices for those that want something a little different, such as multi-row bracelets, bezel settings, and other unique styles. If you’re thinking about adding this classic to your collection, stop by and see what catches your eye.