My jewellery terminology is not too shabby but every now and again I stumble over a phrase that from the colloquial use maybe I should know. Tennis Bracelet was one of these phrases. In my mind, I was thinking is it a bracelet with a tennis-themed charm? Or is the metalwork structure like the criss-cross of a tennis racket? For a while, I enjoyed silly ideas of what this might mean before I looked it up and would you know it I have owned a tennis bracelet, and I would gather that many people have and still own one.
Mine was something I bought when I was probably 12 years old from Clare's Accessorise where most girls start their love affair with jewellery before moving on to Topshop or Accessorize. I can still picture it now; God knows where it ended up, probably in my younger sister's jewellery box. It was a set of three bracelets each one a different shade of blue. I cannot see a similar bracelet on their website, but I did think of them as quite popular in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Still, I wanted to know the intriguing story of where the tennis bracelet got its name. Was this an old name or a new name and what does this bracelet have to do with tennis?