If you’re thinking of buying a tennis bracelet, then you must’ve come across the same problem we all do. How much is a tennis bracelet? In this article, we have compiled the answers you need in one place!
So how much is a tennis bracelet? The cost of a diamond tennis bracelet varies between $1,000 to $100,000. A 10cttw G-H VS gold tennis bracelet will cost you $33,000, whereas a 2cttw G-H VS gold tennis bracelet will cost you $3,500. The price of a tennis bracelet is based on the type of metal, the types of diamonds, and most importantly, the quality/size of the diamonds.
To ease your search, here is our advice on what to look for and what factors effect the price.
What is the price of a Tennis Bracelet based on?
The price of a Tennis Bracelet is based on the type of metal, and the quality as well as the number of diamonds used in the tennis bracelet.
The most popular metals are yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and platinum. The rarer the metal, the higher, will be the price. For instance, a platinum tennis bracelet is relatively more expensive than white gold. A Platinum 8 ct tennis bracelet costs about $8,500, whereas the same 8 ct bracelet in Rose Gold costs around $7,500. All the golds; yellow, rose, & white, cost about the same.
If you want the look of Platinum but not the price, then white gold or silver look almost the same and are much cheaper. If you like the look of 14K Yellow gold but not the price, then look for a lower Karat of Gold, (See What’s the difference between 14K, 18K, and 24K Gold Jewelry. Which is better?), a lower Karat gold will be cheaper, look identical to 14K Gold, and it actually stronger because it has added alloys that make it harder.
The quality and size of a the individual diamonds determine the price of a diamond tennis bracelet. If you’re looking for a flawless diamond tennis bracelet, then the price can be well over $100,000. If you want something cheaper, then you can buy a tennis bracelet with lower quality diamonds for as low as $1,000.
The Cut: A well-cut sparkling diamond, will make your bracelet look brighter from every angle, but will cost more. Cheaper diamonds will have poor light reflection.
The Clarity: A higher diamond clarity will cost more. A flawless diamond would be the most expensive since it has no inclusions or surface blemishes. A diamond with lowe clarity will have inclusions or surface blemishes, but it will cost less. The most common clarity ratings for tennis bracelets are VS1-VS2 (Best Quality) and SI1-SI2 (Best Value).
Diamond clarity is classified in the following grades from Most Expensive to Least.
- Flawless (FL) – Very Expensive
- Internally Flawless (IF)
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1) and (VVS2)
- Very Slightly Included (VS1) and (VS2) – We Recommend VS1 & VS2
- Slightly Included (SI1) and (SI2) – Best Value
- Included (I1), (I2), and (I3) – Bad Quality, Don’t Buy These!
The Color: The closer the diamond is to being colorless, the higher it will cost. The color quality of a diamond is assessed using a 23 color grading scale, which ranges from D to Z. The most common color ratings for tennis bracelets are H-I (Best Value) and F-G (Best Quality)
Here are the Diamond colors from Most Expensive to Least.
- D-F: Colorless
- G-J: Near Colorless
- K-M Faint
- N-R Very Light
- S-Z Light
Example Costs: An Internally Flawless (IF), D-grade one-carat diamond costs around $15,000. But a Slightly Included (SI2), D-grade one-carat diamond costs around $4,200.
The Carat Weight: The higher the carat size, the higher will be the price of the diamond will be. There are some cases where a bigger carat sized diamond with lower cut, color and clarity values can actually cost less than a smaller diamond with higher cut, color and clarity values. For example, a five-carat diamond with an “S” grade will be far less expensive than a one-carat “D” grade diamond. The most common carat weights for tennis bracelets are 2ct to 10ct.
Lab-Created Diamonds: If you really want to save money on a tennis bracelet, then go with a lab-created diamond. They are organically the same as Earth-Created diamonds, but far cheaper. Take a look at this cost comparison at James Allen, in some cases, you can save 50% by going Lab-Created!
The Number of Diamonds: When you’re buying a tennis bracelet, you’ll see the diamonds measured in Total Carat Weight which is the sum of all the diamonds added up. If the total carat weight is higher, there will be less diamonds since they are bigger and it takes less of them to travel around your wrist. Most tennis bracelets are 7 Inches, so if you need a shorter bracelet, then the cost should be less since less diamonds will be needed.
You’ll find that most tennis bracelet manufacturers use smaller carat diamonds with lower clarity and color, which is okay. When the diamonds are so small, you can get away with lower quality diamonds since their imperfections are really hard to see with the naked eye.
So in short, the following factors affect the price:
- Type of metal
- Rarity of metal
- Quality of diamonds
- Type of diamonds
- Quantity of diamonds
What are the different Tennis Bracelet styles available?
Prong Link Setting: A prong setting features two, three, or four prong baskets per diamond. The metal prongs allow enough light to go through the diamonds which enable them to shine from all angles. The baskets also hold the diamonds in securely.
Channel Setting: A channel setting features two rows of a thin metal that holds the diamonds in the middle, securely. This protects the diamonds from outside sources and enhances its sparkle.
Bezel/Half-Bezel Setting: A bezel setting features a circle mount or small bars on either side. These hold diamonds separate from each other and in-place. It is an ideal choice for most people.
The cost of a prong link settings, channel settings, and bezel settings are all about the same.
Tennis bracelets are available from $1,000 and can go up to $100,000 and beyond. The price of these bracelets depends upon factors such as the type of metal, the strength of metal, the number of diamonds, and the size of diamonds.