September 16, 2002
Tennis Bracelets Bounce Back
Three days before the recent U.S. Open tennis tournament began in New York City, Serena Williams was the guest of honor at Harry Winston's Fifth Ave. jewelry salon. Williams was presented with a diamond-and-platinum bracelet containing 248 stones valued at $29,000.
She kept the bracelet on her left wrist throughout the Open, including the night she defeated her sister, Venus, to win the 2002 women's title.
Williams' love for diamonds and tennis is reminiscent of Chris Evert, who started the tennis bracelet trend when she dropped her diamond line bracelet on the court at a 1984 U. S. Open match and stopped play to look for it. Williams is at the forefront of a revival of the famous bracelet, seen recently on the wrists of Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez, reports The New York Times "Sunday Styles" section.
Kwiat, the New York City diamond company that made the bracelet the Diamond Information Center presented to Evert when she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995, recently introduced a filigree-engraved version of this famous piece. Several other well-known jewelers are also introducing new versions of the bracelet, including Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari.