An 18ct Yellow Gold and Round Brilliant Diamond ‘Tennis’ Line Necklace

A classic ‘Tennis’ 18ct gold and diamond line riviere necklace by Cartier c.2006, the necklace of tapering form composed of one hundred and nineteen graduated round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 16.50cts in total, all claw set in 18ct yellow gold to a concealed tongue and box clasp with safety. The diamond line necklace, like the tennis bracelet, is a classic and timeless piece of jewellery that works with anything and everything and will elevate any outfit.

Further Details

Gemstones119 x round brilliant cut diamonds weighing a combined total of 16.5cts
Centre diamond is 0.95ct E colour VVS1 clarity with GIA certificate
Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed Cartier, numbered and with French assay marks
Weight description30 grams
Dimensions16" / 40.6cm long
6.4mm wide at centre front tapering to 3.3mm wide at centre back
Periodcirca 2006
NotesComes with original Cartier certificate

Directors Notes

The tennis necklace is an extension of the more widely known tennis bracelet, the same design of a single row of diamonds around the wrist but this time made for the neck. The style itself has been around since the 1920s when women’s fashion allowed bracelets to take centre stage in a way they hadn’t before. The coining of the term ‘tennis bracelet’ to describe this line of diamonds is attributed to the tennis star Chris Evert who regularly wore diamond jewellery on court. During a match in 1978, the diamond line bracelet she was wearing fell off and play had to be paused to allow her to look for it. Henceforth the name ‘tennis bracelet’ became widely used to describe bracelets (and later necklaces) of this classic design.


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When Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) opened his small jewellery store in Paris in 1847, he couldn’t have imagined that 170 years later his name would be synonymous worldwide with some of the finest jewellery ever created.  

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