In fact, tennis bracelets set with a colorful array of exotic gemstones are becoming a popular choice for stylish women who don’t carry racquets to work. Styles are often set with square gems as well as rounds, for an unbroken line of color and brilliance.
The most popular designs have a single rich color, like the purple of amethyst or the wine tones of Grape Garnet. Golden citrine and lime peridot are also in demand. Cool blue topaz and Seafoam Tourmaline are the choices for those who prefer icy tones.
And if you can’t decide on a favorite color? Rainbow bracelets, a strong trend in the seventies, are also back in favor.
What should you look for in selecting a tennis bracelet? Make sure each link is sturdy, the hinge mechanism is well-made, and attached firmly to the next link. The gold or other setting metal should be a heavy enough weight to allow for wear. Remember, these tiny all-moving parts are bound to catch some abuse since your wrist is constantly moving. Settings should be smoothly polished, with no protruding prongs to catch on sweaters and knits. Each stone should be set squarely in the mounting. Gems should be closely matched in color, cut, and size.