My taste has come a long way from coveting 25-cent, stretchy rhinestone bracelets in bowling alley candy and prize machines. But I can’t afford the drool-inducing diamond dreams!
What lover of sparkle wouldn’t desire 18 kt rose gold arm candy with more than 5 ct of diamonds or an 18kt white gold stunner with a minimum of 10 cts of VS2 diamonds? A girl can stare inappropriately.
Line bracelets – also known as “tennis bracelets” after the tennis star Chris Evert who wore one during matches in the 80s – are as classic and essential as stud earrings. Though they can be crafted with any metal and stone combination, bracelets made with diamonds set in white metal are the most aspirational.
Recently, I noticed a shopper with a line bracelet so stunning, I grabbed her wrist and asked, “Where did you get that?!” She responded, “Kohl’s.” Since then, I’ve made it my personal mission to find an affordable line bracelet that will make a stranger want to yank my arm – gently, please! Here are a few of my picks:
Jean Dousset Absolute™ Round and Asscher-Cut Sterling Silver Line Bracelet ($199.90): Available in 6.75 and 7.5″. HSN’s branded Absolute diamond simulant set in sterling. Up to 20 cts.!
AAA Cubic Zirconia Bracelet ($44.99): Available in 6.75 or 7.5″. Swiss cubic zirconia set in white-gold-plated copper. Classic style!
Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Adjustable Lariat Tennis Bracelet ($40.00): One size fits most, Rounds set in rhodium-plated sterling silver.
Stainless Steel Princess Cut Crystal Tennis Bracelet ($57.25): Available in 6.75, 7.25, or 8″. Semi bezel-set, princess-cut set in yellow or white-colored stainless steel.
Crystal Quartz 82.50ctw Sterling Silver Bracelet ($189.99): Size 7″. Square cushion cut crystal quartz set in sterling silver is 1/2″ wide!
Cover photo by Maria Panayiotou