Princess Cut Diamond Tennis Bracelet
For active women, a princess cut diamond tennis bracelet is a logical choice to wear during sports or interacting with rough and tumble children. With all the stones in a line, this style of jewelry is simple yet elegant. This type of arm adornment is usually set in precious metal. In fact, a white gold diamond tennis bracelet makes quite an impression on those around the woman who is wearing it. With so much variety in how a stone is cut, the princess cut stone, with its square shape and long set, is an exquisite choice to showcase the brilliance of any stone while adorning a woman's arm during her busy day.
Arm jewelry can be dated back thousands of years before Christ's birth. In Egypt, scarab arm bands were worn to symbolize rebirth and fertility. They were even placed on the arms of mummies that have been found by archeologists. The term "armlet" sounds like it might describe something that is worn around the wrist, but actually it is an ancient term referring to the arm ring worn on the upper arm. Originally the term bracelet was the Latin term "brachile," which means "of the arm." This later became "barcel" in Old French. Wrist adornment has not always been just for fashion. Many cultures wear wrist ornamentation to ward off evil spirits, please a god or represent marital status. As this adornment gave way to fashion, the bracelet took on many forms. Bangles, macram and charm are all styles in which wrist jewelry has appeared in recent years. Apart from fashion purposes, wrist and arm jewelry is also worn to support important causes. Silicon wrist adornment has increased in popularity in recent years. The cause is written in words, imprinted in each strip of silicon. These have become very popular because of social awareness and due to the lower price.
Another style of wrist ornamentation is the princess cut diamond tennis bracelet. The stones are in line and cut in the square style. The name is deceiving, as the wearer does not have to participate in sports to wear this shiny piece of jewelry. Nor, does a white gold diamond tennis bracelet have anything to do with getting a ball over the net on a sporting court. This unique accessory earned its name from a mishap during a sporting event in the 1980s. A professional women's tennis player was wearing an inline precious stone piece of jewelry during a match. As she swung the racket, her accessory broke. The entire match had to be halted to allow her time to pick up the diamonds that were then scattered all over the court. From then on, a piece of wrist jewelry with all the stones lined up side-by-side was known as a tennis bracelet. Even though this tennis player's accessory was set in precious metal, the clasp was compromised and broke. There is no guarantee that a white gold diamond tennis bracelet won't break or slip off. The wearer of such a wonderful piece of jewelry should take care to choose one with a strong clasp and quality stones.
Choosing a quality piece of jewelry for the arm or wrist is a fairly easy task if the shopper remembers a few helpful tips. Women searching for a princess cut diamond tennis bracelet should buy it from a reputable precious gemstone dealer. The wise jewelry shopper should closely examine the clasp to ensure sturdiness and ability to hold under pressure. An astute jewelry buyer should take advantage of the opportunity to look at the gemstones under different lighting. She should look at the stones under morning light, evening dusk and artificial lighting. The gemstones should be brilliant and clear in all kinds of lighting. The owner will lose stones over the life of the piece. Allotting money to replace these is definitely advisable.
So many precious metals can be chosen to set the stones symmetrically in line around the wrist of its pleased owner. Yellow gold was preferred for years, but lighter metals have now eclipsed this standby metal. White gold is an alloy made from yellow gold and another white metal like palladium or nickel. This alloy is still measured in carats like the yellow counterpart. When alloyed with nickel, the metal that results is much stronger than when alloyed with palladium. For this reason, white gold diamond tennis bracelets are usually alloyed with nickel. Rhodium is sometimes painted over the top of the metal to give it the dull look that often distinguishes it from sterling silver. Precious stones can vary even more than precious metals. Cutting stones in squares is the second most popular cut, losing only to the round cut most often found in solitaires. The princess cut diamond tennis bracelet features stones that are square on top and coming to a point like a pyramid. This cut does forfeit a little bit of the brilliance found in the round shape, but it is taller and very visually striking.
With a slender make and sturdy setting, a white gold diamond tennis bracelet is an exquisite choice of jewelry for the active woman. This wrist accessory is adorned with uniquely cut square stones, striking light metal prongs and an in line, non-obtrusive style. A well inspected clasp, quality stones and sturdy prongs can give their purchaser years of enjoyment. Even as long ago as ancient Israel, wearing jewelry along arms and wrists was a sign of beauty. "And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads." (Ezekiel 23:42)
Diamond Tennis BraceletsLovely diamond tennis bracelets became popular in the late 1980s when a well-known tennis champ asked officials to stop a match at the 1987 U. S. Open. The young pro was wearing a bracelet of in-line diamonds and the clasp had broken. The televised match resumed after the bracelet was found and countless viewers went out shopping for an inline diamond bracelet to call their own. Without even meaning to, the tennis champ launched a long-lasting fad. The actual origins of this type of jewelry go much further back into the mists of history, though. At one time known as an eternity bracelet, the jewelry was a chain that had the owner's name engraved on it. Though perhaps not as popular as they were in the years following the U. S. Open match, diamond tennis bracelets continue to be a lovely gift both to give and to receive. They can have special significance when given as a tenth anniversary gift, an anniversary often associated with diamonds, because it symbolizes continued love and commitment. On the other hand, a tennis bracelet is also a nice gift when an engagement ring would be signaling too much of a commitment. In the latter instance, for couples who are dating, a diamond tennis bracelet can symbolize a future commitment to the relationship.
Depending on the quality, and authenticity, of the stones and the type of precious metal used in the design, diamond tennis bracelets range in price from tens of dollars to thousands of dollars. For the most part, the diamonds may be of less value individually than stones that would be selected to be mounted in a ring or a pair of earrings. Even so, their value will be based on what the jewelry industry calls the 4 Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The cut refers to the shape of the stone. Popular cuts include princess, marquis, and emerald. Expert gemologists are especially trained to cut a stone in such a way to enhance its brilliancy and sparkle. The color is graded from D to Z with D representing a valuable colorless stone and the latter end of the alphabet representing less valuable stones that have a yellowish or brownish tint. Clarity is also graded according to the flaws, or inclusions, in the stone. These grades are I (included); SI (slightly included); VS (very slightly included); and VVS (very, very slightly included). There are also numeric designations within those grades, such as I1 and SI2. The carat weight refers to the size of the stone. Shoppers will want to compare several diamond tennis bracelets within their price range to find the one with the best overall combination of cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Additionally, the type of precious metal used in the bracelet will affect its value. Platinum will usually be used with more expensive diamonds, though white and yellow gold are also popular choices.
Of course, not all diamond tennis bracelets are made up solely of diamonds. As the popularity of this fashion accessory increased, so did the gemstones used in the designs. Many women enjoy wearing an in-line bracelet that alternates the diamonds with their birthstone or another favorite gem, such as rubies, emeralds, or sapphires. The birthstone in-line bracelet, with or without alternating diamonds, is a beautiful birthday present. Savvy shoppers who don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a bracelet can purchase imitation jewelry. These may be made with some type of synthetic, such as cubic zirconium, instead of diamonds and sterling silver instead of gold or platinum. In combination with semi-precious stones or even colored synthetics, these pieces of jewelry are an attractive, and much less expensive, adornment. The prophet Ezekiel recorded that: "The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, . . . Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created" (Ezekiel 28:1, 13). Any or all of these stones would make lovely gemstone and diamond tennis bracelets for someone special or in honor of a special occasion.
When purchasing an in-line bracelet, fashion experts and jewelers recommend that women consider the size of their wrists when choosing a style and the carat size of the diamonds. Large diamond tennis bracelets look best on women with medium-sized or larger wrists. Women with small wrists can wear more delicate styles with diamonds of a lower carat weight. A tennis bracelet is a versatile fashion accessory that can add sparkle to formal attire, especially when accompanied with brilliant earrings. The accessory also adds dazzle to a casual outfit, even jeans and a cute top. In fact, fashion experts say that pairing this beautiful accessory with a sporty look demonstrates confidence and flair. An inline bracelet, especially one made of a precious metal and that includes genuine gems and high quality diamonds, should come with a safety clasp in addition to the standard clasp. This will protect the jewelry from getting lost should the standard clasp break. Reputable jewelers, both at retail locations and at online websites, can provide invaluable information to help customers choose from a variety of diamond tennis bracelets to find just the right design for oneself or as a gift.
The young man looked at white gold ankle bracelets that appeared by the dozens in the jewelry store showcase. His wife had hinted in no subtle terms that this particular jewelry item was what she wanted for a birthday present, and had gone so far as to draw one and leave the picture on the man's pillow four straight nights. Both had experienced many laughs over the whole thing, but there was nothing laughable about ignoring her wishes. The woman had never before been so graphic or explicit in her desires for a certain gift, so this was a big deal. Whatever else the guy did there had better be a 14K gold anklet wrapped in a beautiful box and on the nightstand within two nights.
As the man began to realize how big this mission really was, the realization came home that just looking at a jeweler's showcase would not be enough of an education to make the right decision. There were too many variables in this purchase of one of a myriad of white gold ankle bracelets. A person could make the obvious assumption that something so simple could never be filled with so many variables, but indeed this item had a number of options. And the question haunted the man, "What if the wrong choice is made?" Since his wife was so insistent, and so desirous of this particular birthday gift, the choice would have to be thoughtful, well crafted and stunning. In addition, the couple had just recently graduated from college and had been married only a year and both had entry level professional positions, so their budget was tight.
The first step in the education process to find out more about a 14K gold anklet was to understand the grades of this metal that were used in making this precious metal jewelry. The first discovery was that it is not only a very precious metal, but in its purest form, 24K, it is very, very soft, just as silver is in its purest form. In its softest form, this precious metal may be fine for exchange value, but for most jewelry pieces, the purest form is much too soft to withstand much punishment experienced by the everyday wearing experience. So there is 18K gold or seventy five percent pure, and is highly desirable in very fine pieces of jewelry. For the finest retailers in the land, 18K or even 21 K gold is the standard, although 21K is often considered too soft for jewelry. Of course, the higher the K value, the more expensive the piece will be, and most jewelry in 18 K is combined with a harder white metal such as silver, palladium or platinum to make it harder and more durable. Oftentimes, white gold pieces are coated with rhodium to make the finish harder and more scratch resistant.
Since the budget for this birthday present was under two hundred dollars, the young man discovered that 18K white gold ankle bracelets were usually more than five hundred dollars, so immediately that fine a piece of jewelry was eliminated. As the man became more educated in the makeup of a 14K gold anklet, the discovery was made that this grade of white gold was fifty eight percent pure metal and forty two percent alloys. Alloys used to make this product include, nickel, zinc, silver and palladium, all of course, white metals. So the choice was made to buy one of many white gold ankle bracelets, but finding one under two hundred dollars might prove to be tricky. His best opportunity to locate one in this particular price range was to get online and begin looking in earnest. The order had to be made by the following day and shipped overnight to arrive on time for his wife's celebration.
One of the first things the man discovered is that many of the jewelry pieces in which the man was interested came in either nine inch or ten inch lengths. Since the man's wife was always insistent that whatever she wore in jewelry, such a bracelet or a necklace be snug, the man knew that this piece would also have to be form fitting and not in the least droopy. So, the guy waited until his wife was fast asleep and then took a tape measure and measured both ankles to make sure of a custom fit. He discovered that a nine would be too small, so a ten inch 14K gold anklet would be the choice. But when the man began the online search for the right choice among hundreds of white gold anklet bracelets, he was flabbergasted at what he found. There were so many types of chains that he was dizzy. They included, cable link, Byzantine, Tiffany, wheat, gold bead, mariner, puffed mariner, triple strand, filigree, gemstone, popcorn with dangling chain, and styles that included dolphins or butterflies , circles and other objects, more akin to a charm bracelet for the ankle.
As the man tried to think of any other jewelry pieces she had, the realization came that the woman chose heavier types of jewelry for her necklaces and bracelets. The choice became a no brainer when he found a ten inch filigree 14K gold anklet in white finish that had a one tenth carat diamond heart in the middle. It was slightly more than the budget allowed; costing two hundred and forty dollars with overnight shipping and tax, but the look on her face would make it all worth it. When she opened, the smile wished for was there. When the question was asked about how the right size was known, the man just smiled. "And he said unto his disciples, 'Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for you body what ye shall put on.'" (Luke 12:22)