A tennis bracelet is an iconic piece of fashionable high-end jewelry, and having at least one such bracelet would be a dream for you. This bracelet is the perfect accessory that works with any style, from formal to casual styles, and the best part is that this gorgeous accessory also boasts an incredible flash and brilliance, even as it maintains its subtlety and classiness.
But then there are fakes on the market; these could be silver or white-gold plated and embellished with cheap cubic zirconia stones. So, how do you tell the real from the real tennis bracelets (diamond line bracelets)?
Well, this article shares the inside scoop on all matters tennis bracelets – fake or genuine! So, let’s dive right in!
What is a real tennis bracelet made of?
A tennis bracelet is a unique accessory that oozes elegance, class, and sophistication. Although there are raging debates about the origin of the name tennis bracelet, a good number of people believe that the line diamond bracelet got its name from a tennis player who always had this line diamond bracelet on during matches – Chris Evert – and in one of the matches, she lost her diamond bracelet.
Subsequently, Evert would ask the match officials to pause the game as she searched for her tennis bracelet – a piece of jewelry that she’d always worn – all this as spectators and journalists watched. Her prowess on the field had her dubbed The Ice Maiden, but she also turned into a notable fashion icon thanks to her preference for the diamond eternity/ line bracelet, which would be called the tennis bracelet after the events of that day on the tennis court. Jewelers then went on to call the line diamond bracelet the tennis bracelet, and the name stuck (since 1987).
So, what’s a real tennis bracelet made of?
The best tennis bracelets are made of small diamond pieces and, in other cases, small pieces of precious gemstones which are connected to each other by a high-quality but thin chain made of precious metal(s). you can watch the video above. The tennis bracelet is, therefore, a high-end piece of jewelry, and besides diamonds or other expensive gemstones, it’s made of 14k/ 18k gold, sterling silver (925), or platinum. Last time, we also discussed why the tennis bracelet is so expensive? So, read here!
As mentioned above, before the accident by the tennis player, the tennis bracelet was called line diamond bracelet – this name is still used today, albeit occasionally.
What is a fake tennis bracelet made of?
Unlike authentic tennis bracelets that are made of genuine gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, or sapphires, which are set on precious metals like 18k or 18k gold, platinum, or sterling silver, fake tennis bracelets are made of poor quality materials that scratch quite easily.
When new, fake, and real tennis bracelets are almost indistinguishable, but a keen eye would notice some inconsistencies, especially with the fake bracelets. In most cases, the fake bracelet is made of cheap cubic zirconia or even Swarovski zirconia stones.
The fake tennis bracelets are mostly plated with white-colored metals like white gold, sterling silver, or even platinum, and a small scratch on the inside would reveal a different/ colored metal like copper or brass underneath. Note that the use of cheap materials for the fake tennis bracelets means that the cost of a cheap tennis bracelet is considerably lower than the cost of a genuine tennis bracelet made of platinum or 18k white gold and actual diamonds.
What’s the difference between the fake and the real tennis bracelet?
The three main features that would help you differentiate between the fake and the real tennis bracelets are the material, durability, and the market price. So, let’s look at each of these factors individually.
The first thing that would help you differentiate between a fake and a real tennis bracelet would be the materials used to make the bracelet. Generally, the real tennis bracelet is made of high-quality, long-lasting, and expensive materials that make the tennis bracelet durable and worth the investment in the long run.
Most of the time, the real tennis bracelets are crafted using elegant and high-value metals like solid 14k or 19k gold, sterling silver, or platinum. Then there are the genuine diamonds, emeralds, rubies, or sapphires that are set on the metal chain. The links/ clasps are also made of these high-quality metals, meaning you wouldn’t see a different color of metal underneath the white if you scratched the white metal off.
This is not the case with the fake tennis bracelets, though. Often, the fake tennis bracelets are made of cheaper metals like copper or brass as the base metals, which are then plated with white metals like 18k white gold, sterling silver, or platinum. The stones used are also cheap, and in place of diamonds or even CZ, you may find that they are made of cheap glass or crystals.
- Market Price
Thanks to the use of cheap, low-quality materials, the fake tennis bracelets are very cheap, and they cost only a fraction of what the real tennis bracelets cost.
So, if you don’t have any other way of determining the quality of the tennis bracelet, just check the price.
If it is ridiculously cheap, it means that the bracelet is fake. Also, the high price tag of real tennis bracelets means that you should trust reputable diamond sellers only when buying the tennis bracelets, and not the little-known online store whose deals seem too good to be true – they often are.
Because the real tennis bracelets are made of diamonds that boasts a hardness level of 10 on the Mohs scale, and high-quality metals like platinum, sterling silver, or 18k/14k gold (white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold), and because such jewelry is crafted masterfully, the real tennis bracelet is quite durable, and it would last years before you notice scratches or signs of tarnishing – especially since you will not wear a diamond bracelet all the time.
The fake tennis bracelets, on the other hand, will not last long. Essentially, the fake bracelet would be made of cheap and fake materials that wear out rather fast. In most cases, the fakes will scratch easily, revealing a base metal made of a different (color-wise) metal, and in most cases, the stones would start falling out within months or weeks, even with careful use.
Tarnishing and overall color change of the different parts of the fake tennis bracelet would also be evident from the fake pieces, and this would be noticeable within weeks, even if you wear that bracelet occasionally.
Pros and cons of the real tennis bracelet
- The tennis bracelet is durable and lasts long
- It’s a good investment
- It’s quite versatile, and you could wear the bracelet with casual or formal wear.
- It’s elegant, and a timeless classic
- It’s expensive
- Some fakes look just like the real thing
Pros and cons of a fake tennis bracelet
- It looks like the real thing, initially
- Breaks apart or tarnishes too soon
- High risk of allergies and irritated skin
How can you tell if your diamond tennis bracelet is real or fake?
- The Breath Test
Breath on the bracelet (the stones); if the bracelet is made of actual diamonds, the fog will lift almost instantly, but if it’s a fake, the fog will not disappear within seconds/.
- Scratches Test
If the stones have scratches, that bracelet isn’t a real line diamond bracelet. While real diamonds would chip under pressure, diamonds are very durable, and they do not scratch, which is why only fake stones and fake tennis bracelets will, over time, have scratches on them. The only caveat is that this test doesn’t work on new tennis bracelets, whether fake or genuine, because the fake stones look real when new.
- Get diamond testers
These are devices that can detect diamonds, or rather the realness of stone marketed or sold as diamonds. These testers make use of electrical impulses or heat to test for real diamonds, but the testers that check the electrical conductivity of the diamonds are often more accurate because diamonds’ electrical conductivity is specific, unlike the thermal (heat conductivity), which could be confused to that of the moissanite stone. What this means is that you may have to take the diamond bracelet to the jewelers, where an accurate test would be done. You may also ask the jeweler to test for moissanite, just to be certain.
Fake tennis bracelets are cheap, they wear out and break rather quickly, and the stones would have scratches after some time, unlike the real tennis bracelets made of diamonds and precious stones that are durable, resulting in an overall expensive piece of jewelry.
If yours is made of real diamonds, there won’t be any scratches on the stone months or years on, but you’d notice a sharp decline in the appearance of the bracelet if it is a fake.
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