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    Diamond tennis bracelets are a classical and elegant piece of jewellery that is appropriate to be worn with any style from casual daywear to evening glamour.  Sparkling beautifully yet modest, classic but still fashionable, a diamond tennis bracelets makes a very simple yet striking addition to any outfit.

    Originally called line bracelets or in-line bracelets, the term ‘tennis bracelet’ originated after the 1987 US open tennis tournament when famous ladies tennis champion Chris Evert’s diamond bracelet broke during her match.  Evert asked match officials to stop play in order that she could find her diamond bracelet and this search was watched by millions of television viewers worldwide. From this famous incident the name ‘Tennis Bracelet’ was born. It describes a flexible bracelet made of metal, generally gold, which is set with a row of exquisite small diamonds around the whole band.  The bracelet falls close to the wrist making it very comfortable to wear and totally secure,

    We offer diamond tennis bracelets in several widths that will perfectly suit your wrist size and of course complement your personal style and taste. Once you have chosen your diamond tennis bracelet it is vital that you care for this piece of jewellery correctly to ensure that not only does it retain its stunning appearance, but that the diamonds within your bracelet are protected from potential harm which can not only effect their appearance but can significantly de-value them. Here are some useful tips as an after-care guide for your diamond tennis bracelet:


    Precious metals that are used for jewellery making are relatively soft; a characteristic which allows it to be designed into different shapes and forms. However, whilst many metals used in making jewellery are often mixed with other harder metals in order to make them more durable and to retain their form, they are still susceptible to being scratched or even damaged during use or even incorrect storage.

    Wearing your tennis bracelet during activities such as playing intensive sports, hard manual work, undertaking housework or even holding keys, will undoubtedly make your bracelet susceptible to unsightly scratching and damage.  Whilst diamonds are famed as being extremely durable and hard, the tips or ends of various diamond shapes are susceptible to damage and therefore need to be protected from hard knocks, blows or falls which may manage to harm the outer veneer of the diamonds.   Try avoiding the activities which will cause your diamond tennis bracelet and other pieces of jewellery harm!

    Diamonds which are exposed to extreme changes in temperature e.g. from hot to cold and vice versa, can undergo serious harm through the process of thermal shock, and these situations should be avoided at all costs.

    To protect the beauty of your diamond tennis bracelet always keep it separate from other items of jewellery when being stored.  The vast majority of materials are not hard enough to damage diamonds, but the one thing which certainly can damage them is another diamond as they too have their vulnerable spots! Therefore each piece of diamond jewellery that you own should be put away in its own box or compartment in your jewellery box. Ideally you should store items within a leather, cloth or padded pouch, and wrap each piece in tissue paper before placing in the pouch for extra protection. Before putting your tennis bracelet away always wipe it with a soft cloth to remove oils that accumulate from your contact with your skin


    Diamonds can easily be damaged by contact with chemicals. Therefore it is a good idea to keep your diamonds away from all chemicals, especially strong ones.  Even if the diamonds may be able to withstand contact with these chemicals, the settings that they have been placed within may sustain damage, affecting the beauty and of course the security and safety of your diamond tennis bracelet.

    The most common way to come in contact with chemicals on a daily basis is during cleaning your home. Therefore when you do the housework always remove your tennis bracelet to avoid contact.  The precious metals used in the settings of your bracelet are also sensitive to harsh chemicals and corrosives.  Chlorine, bleach and strong household cleaning and gardening products can cause damage by either affecting the smoothness of the surface or even causing the metal to slightly corrode and become worn.

    Always remove your tennis bracelet while you shower and if you use a swimming pool or hot tub then always remove your bracelet as additionally contact with chlorine bleach can also dull its appearance. It is always best to apply perfumes, creams, or make up to your skin before putting on your tennis bracelet as if applied directly, and then it stays there, it can be harmful.


    One of the most important pieces of after-care advice that we can give is to ensure that you take precautions to ensure you do not lost any diamonds from your tennis bracelet as the main threat to any diamond is that of losing it!

    To ensure that the diamonds within your tennis bracelet stay safe and sound pay particular attention to the condition of the housing of these gemstones. Prongs are be crafted to be hard wearing but by their nature can be still somewhat fragile.  If the setting of your diamonds is harmed then this could lead to the loss of a diamond. Be aware that everyday activities such as dish washing, opening/knocking into doors, typing on your PC etc., can lead to damage so try to prevent scraping or banging against your tennis bracelet.

    Over time and with wear a setting can naturally become loose or weakened which can cause a diamond to fall out of your tennis bracelet unnoticed. To avoid loss of the precious diamonds from your bracelet, we strongly recommend that you check all the settings regularly to ensure that they are not bent or weakened. If you do notice any damage or wear and tear immediately consult a professional jeweller such as the team here at Rêve Diamonds to carry out any necessary repairs.


    When in use your diamond tennis bracelet will naturally come into regular contact with dirt and grime from both the natural oils of our skins, makeup, perfume and other environmental factors.  It is vital that you regularly wash your diamond tennis bracelet to remove this build-up of harmful dirt and grime.

    Simply washing your tennis bracelet in a small bowl of warm soapy water or other gentle degreasing solution brushing very gently with a soft clean brush to remove any remaining will undoubtedly help your diamond tennis bracelet to retain its natural beauty and sparkle.  Always remember once clean to dry the bracelet with a lint free cloth and then polish the metal over with the same cloth to produce a dazzling shine.


    To keep your diamond tennis bracelet looking at its very best, or if you suspect that the diamonds are coming loose or the settings are damaged, we strongly recommend that you take your bracelet to a professional jeweller such as Rêve Diamonds to be checked, repaired (if necessary) and professionally cleaned.  You should never attempt to try to fix any damage to your bracelet at home, especially when the damaged part is the setting for a precious gem or diamond as this could cause irrevocable harm to the piece.

    When the rhodium plating used for white gold wears away from your tennis bracelet, a professional jeweller can replace this through a process called ‘plating’ or ‘re-dipping’  Slight scratches on a platinum surface may create a “patina” of wear, a satin like film on its surface, which some prefer for its unique, platinum look, or can be polished by a jeweller to recover its shine.

    Following our simple after-care guide, keeping your diamond tennis bracelet out of harmful situations, taking it to a professional jeweller for regular checking and repairs when necessary are the most important way of ensuring that your diamond tennis bracelet will last forever.


    How To Buy an Engagement Ring - Our short Guide

    If you are planning to buy a diamond engagement ring there are a number of things to consider before you make a purchase. We have put together this guide to advise you through the process and help you make the perfect choice.

    Learn about diamonds:

    To begin shopping for a diamond, you need to have a basic understanding of how diamonds are classified. Remember that diamonds are evaluated according to the four ‘Cs’. These are: carat, colour, clarity and cut. By understanding these qualities you can determine which traits are most important to you.

    To get a quick guide to diamonds you can visit our DIAMOND EDUCATION page, but if you are serious about purchasing the perfect ring then we will talk you through all the information you require.


    We recommend a diamond ring which has the following:

    • GIA certified stone
    • colour grade of D – G
    • clarity grade of VS1 – SI2 Those that are completely eye clean are the most desirable. Some SI1-SI2 diamonds are completely Eye Clean. A SI2 diamond can look exactly like an IF to the naked eye but we advise you to view them under 10x magnification.
    • fluorescence grade of None
    • Cut , Polish and Symmetry grades of Excellent to Very Good (all diamond shapes except round cut do not have a cut grade, only polish and symmetry grades) 

    What should I avoid when buying a diamond?

    We would advise buying a diamond engagement ring that has a G (or higher) colour as diamonds under the D-G colour range tend to appear yellow. We also suggest that you avoid round cut diamonds with a cut grade below ‘very good’ as these diamonds can appear duller than those graded ‘very good’ or excellent.

    Bear in mind that round brilliant cut diamonds are more expensive than most popular fancy cut diamond shapes with similar carat colour clarity and cut grades as they have a diifferent and higher price list per carat.

    We would advise buying an oversized diamond as they look a lot closer to the next size up but are still priced according to the lower size price. For example, a 0.60ct diamond will be priced according to the 0.50-0.69 price list but will actually look like a 0.70ct. A 1.2ct will look more like a 1.5ct but can cost much less as it is on the 1ct-1.49ct price list.

    Oversizes may trade at 5% to 15% premiums over similar quality straight size but still will be cheaper than the next size up for the same colour and clarity

    Oversizes are: (0.4-0.49), (0.60-0.69), (0.80-0.89), (0.96-0.99), (1.20-1.49), (1.60-1.99), (2.50+), (3.20+) and (5.50+)

    Diamond prices jump significantly at the carat and half-carat mark. Purchasing just shy of those weights can save a significant amount of money and the slight size difference will go unnoticed.

    How much should I spend on a diamond engagement ring?

    How much you spend on an engagement ring is a personal matter. Traditionally, the amount one spends on the purchase should be equal to one to two months' salary. However, recent trends show a move away from this tradition. Everyone has a different budget, and it is a good idea to keep a price range in mind. Set a budget that works for you and stick with it. It may sound like common sense, but there is a lot of ridiculous noise out there about spending three months salary on a ring. That’s all marketing. Don’t fall for it.

    Buy direct & save money:

    Retailers can mark up a new diamond ring by up to 100%, so If you are really on the hunt for a good deal then you may want to consider cutting out the middle man. Like us, there are a number of reputable diamond merchants trying to break with the traditional supply chain of the diamond industry. We sell engagement rings to customers directly and are therefore able to cut costs.

    The best thing about buying wholesale is that you can use the money you save to buy an even bigger diamond.

    Buying an unset diamond:

    Buying an unset diamond is a great idea. You can buy an unset diamond directly from a diamond dealer or manufacturer. If you choose the diamond first and have the setting made later you will have a lot of choice in terms of design. You would also have the option of consulting your soon to be fiancée about the style and design. You may even want to include her in selecting the style and finer details of the ring. This will ensure that you do not purchase an engagement ring that is unsuitable, or not to her taste.

    Give her what she wants:

    To get an idea of the ring styles she likes, take notice of any jewellery that she wears. Does she prefer modern or traditional? Does she favour white gold, yellow gold or platinum? Have these preferences in mind when you set out to shop. If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can't go wrong.

    What suits her?

    If she hasn't made it easy for you by voicing an opinion on the subject (or admiring someone else's engagement ring), here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shape:

    She will be wearing this ring every day throughout your married life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear. If you're uncertain about her shape preference, it is a good idea to stick to the classics. Classic designs have become ‘classics’ because they appeal to most people, most of the time

    Shapes with fewer facets, such as emerald or square, require higher clarity. The fewer the facets, the more visible any inclusions will be. Certain shapes pair more successfully with other gems in multi-stone rings. Round, oval and marquise shapes work well with other gems, where as pear and heart shapes are more challenging

    Taste in shape is often reflected in other tastes a woman has. If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it's likely she'll react well to the same aesthetic in emerald or square shapes. If she leans towards the traditional, a round shape is likely to please her. If she has a bohemian style she may favour more unusual shapes like trilliant or marquise.

    Which ring setting?

    While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, most rings fall into one of these basic categories:

    Solitaire Diamond Ring:

    A solitaire is a single stone. The solitaire is still the most popular choice of engagement ring. The head secures the diamond and prongs allow the diamond to catch the light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.

    Four Claw Raised Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring ina Box.jpg

    You can find more solitaire engagement rings designs here

    Diamond Set - Side Stones:

    Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or colour. Popular side stone settings include 'channel', which protects stones by keeping them flush, and 'bar-channel', which allows light to enter the side stones.

    Pear shaped Diamond Engagement Ring Tapered Band Pave Setting in a Box.jpg

    You can find more diamond set side stone engagement rings designs here

    Halo Setting

    The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

    As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she is an active type, look for lower profile, less ornate, sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she likes glamour, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile, more intricate ring detailing or a unique motif.

    Oval Cut Halo Micro Setting in a Box

    You can find more halo engagement rings designs here

    Ring sizes for women:

    Visit our ring size chart page, download the ring size chart PDF file via this link and print it on an A4 page. Just look in her jewellery box and find a ring that she rarely wears and simply place it on one of the rings on the file to discover her ring size.

    For accurate sizing the grey line should be seen to be on the inside of the ring.

    Another way to do it is if she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweller can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size. If she does not wear rings you can use the guide below to estimate her size.

    If you buying a ring for yourself the easiest way to get an accurate finger measurement is to order one of our free ring sizers. To order your free ring sizer please send a message via our Contact Us page

    Ring Sizes in the U.K and Ireland:

    Ring sizes for women typically range from size G to R. The most commonly purchased ring sizes range from size K to N. Size M is the most popular ring size.

    Ring sizes for men typically range from size P to Z. The most commonly purchased ring sizes range from size R to U. Size T is the most popular ring size.

    U.K USA / CND Diameter (mm) Circumference (mm)
    F 3.0 13.92 43.65
    G 3.5 14.31 44.90
    H 4.0 14.70 46.20
    I 4.5 15.09 47.45
    J 5 15.87 48.70
    K 5.5 15.9 49.95
    L 6.0 16.26 51.25
    M 6.50 16.65 52.45
    N 7.0 17.04 53.70
    O 7.5 17.45 55.00
    P 8.0 17.86 56.25
    Q 8.5 18.27 57.50
    R 9.0 18.68 58.75
    S 9.5 19.09 60.00
    T 10.0 19.50 61.25
    U 10.5 19.91 62.50
    V 11 20.32 63.75
    W 11.5 20.73 65.00
    X 12 21.14 66.30
    Y 12.5 21.55 67.50
    Z 13 21.96 68.75

    Treating a piece of diamond jewellery with the utmost care will ensure that your precious gems will maintain their beauty and sparkle to last a lifetime.  It is even more important that if this piece of jewellery is a diamond ring that you take suitable care of this precious stone.  The reason for this is that whilst diamonds are famed for being one of the most durable of stones, diamond rings can soon attract dirt due to factors such as the oils on our hands, the dirt on surfaces and items that we touch, and the hand creams and lotions that we use whilst wearing the ring.  Allowing dirt to collect on your diamond ring can make this virtually indestructible gemstone very quickly lose its natural beauty and sparkle.

    You should always treat your diamond ring with great care. For instance always remove it when you are washing dishes or undertaking other household cleaning jobs.  Always store your diamond ring in a jewellery box to avoid it being damaged or chipped which will not lonely spoil its appearance but will affect its value. Looking after your diamond ring will not only reduce its exposure to dirt but will help to limit the possibility that the stone could become loose which can lead to dirt getting in to the setting, and increase the risk of the diamond coming away from the setting  completely.

    Understanding how to correctly care for and clean your diamond ring can prolong the sparkling appearance of your precious jewellery and protect your investment.  The professional team at Rêve Diamonds strongly advise that if your diamond ring is of a particularly high value, or if you suspect that the diamond is at all loose or coming loose, or if you are simply not confident about cleaning your diamond ring then professional cleaning by a reputable jeweller is the best option.

    A professional jeweller will power steam your diamond ring removing the build-up of dirt, oils and grime that will have occurred during wear so restoring your ring to its natural sparkling once more. A jeweller will also check the ring to see if any repairs are required or if the stone is loose. Rêve Diamonds recommend that your diamond ring is cleaned at least every six months, and checked annually for wear or damage. This will help to keep your diamond ring in the very best condition and always looking its best.

    However if you do wish to clean diamond ring yourself in between visits to your jeweller to maintain its beauty, here are some expert tips from Rêve Diamonds on how to clean a diamond ring:


    Take a close look at your diamondring. Check that the claws are all in place and that the diamond is not chipped or moving in its setting.   If you do notice any damage to the diamond, the setting, or the claws look thin, it is vital that you take your diamond ring straight to a reputable jeweller and under any circumstances DO NOT attempt to clean your diamond ring just in case the stone is dislodged, or worse still lost, during the cleaning process.


    Before attempting to clean your diamond ring please remember that you need to have a very gentle touch.  Some settings are by their nature fragile. For example, antique diamond rings with older claws or a ring where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank can be very delicate. Diamond rings should NEVER be vigorously scrubbed only cleaned with a soft toothbrush bought new for this purpose, or a sable paint-brush. After rinsing your diamond ring with water, dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.


    You should never use abrasive cleaning solutions such as household cleaners or toothpaste or chlorine bleach for cleaning your diamond ring.  Abrasives will scratch gold and other metals and chemicals can damage the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings.


    The best way to clean your diamond ring is to soak it in a bowl containing a gentle degreasing solution, such as warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap or washing up liquid.  Remove your diamond ring from the cleaning solution and using your soft, clean brush VERY GENTLY remove any dirt that remains.  If possible ensure that you gently clean the hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which will tend to collect the most oil and dirt being in contact direct with the skin. Rinse in warm water and repeat until you are happy you have removed all the dirt from your diamond ring.  It is vital that you  DO NOT apply too much pressure when brushing so that you do not damage the gem settings, dislodge the diamond, or scratch the metal.  Once clean dry the diamond ring with a lint free cloth, ideally one designed for polishing gold or platinum, then rub the metal over with the same metal cleaning cloth to produce a dazzling shine.


    Ultrasonic cleaners are available that will clean diamonds by sending low frequency sound waves vibrating through a solution to remove dirt and grime. These machines are relatively inexpensive BUT they should be used with caution. As many diamonds naturally have flaws or inclusions the sound waves passed from the ultrasonic cleaner can cause damage to these flaws emphasising them, or worst case scenario, causing the gemstone to crack.  A diamond with a high level of flaws is more at risk of damage when using an ultrasonic cleaner.  Ultrasonic cleaners can also cause stones to shake loose from their settings or chip the girdles of diamonds that are set next to each other. Coloured diamonds should NEVER be cleaned in this way as it may cause the hue to change or diminish. Also avoid ultrasonic cleaning if the diamond has been treated by fracture filling.


    You may notice when cleaning your diamond ring that if it is made from white gold that the back may over time begin to appear dull or show tinges of yellowing on the surface.  Do not worry, this is a natural process that occurs when the rhodium on the surface of white gold begins to wear off and the original yellow gold will then start to emerge on the surface.  The shine and brightness of your white gold diamond ring can be restored to its original glory by the process termed ‘rhodium plating’ or ‘dipping’.

    Rhodium plating will not only enhance the reflectivity and lustre of white gold, but also enhance the sparkle of the diamonds in your ring so that they appear clearer and more brilliant. In addition, rhodium plating will enhance the life and durability of white gold jewellery and make it less susceptible to corrosion and damage.  Rhodium plating is an electroplating procedure whereby a microscopic layer of rhodium is plated over the original 14k or 18k white gold. This process can only be undertaken by an experienced jeweller such as the professional team at Rêve Diamonds who offer this service.

    If you are not wearing your diamond ring daily, rhodium plating may not be required for years. However, for engagement rings and wedding bands that are used on a daily basis, Rêve Diamonds advise that you have your diamond ring inspected and cleaned regularly and that rhodium plating may be recommended as often as every six months to maintain a bright and characteristic white finish.

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