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Tennis Necklaces Are the Year's Biggest Jewelry Trend—These Are the 9 Best

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If we're talking about fashion investments, it's all about the jewelry—and one of the most classic designs is now one of the biggest trends for 2022. From rap references to Sarah Jessica Parker rocking the rocks while filming the new Sex and the City, culture has spoken: The diamond tennis necklace is the accessory trend of the season. 

"A tennis necklace will never go out of style. It's a classic. The simple fact that it's made of diamonds plays a massive role in this timelessness," says Laura Mirabent, CEO and founder of Gold Lovin Girl. "Diamonds are the most popular gemstone and, overall, the most sought after—not to mention a tennis necklace is technically colorless, so it goes with anything."

The style actually has roots in athleisure—it has been around since the 1920s but got associated with the sport during the 1987 US Open when tennis player Chris Evert's diamond bracelet broke. She demanded that they pause the match, so that she could scour the court for the strand of diamonds, referring to it as her "tennis bracelet." The tennis necklace was adapted from the bracelet as a longer version to be worn around the neck. (Bonus tip: you can wrap your tennis necklace around your wrist to create a double wrap tennis bracelet).

Mirabent credits celebrities and influencers for making the style trendy recently. Celebrities like Haley Bieber, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Thorne are as likely to wear the strand of diamonds with a gown on the red carpet as with a hoodie or sweater. And the style is not limited to one gender—plenty of men like Drake and Pharrell regularly wear the ice over their T-shirts and hoodies. There's just something about seeing the glint and glimmer of a sparkly necklace from beneath a crew neck that screams chic. 

"There is a big misconception that a tennis necklace can only be worn with a dress or a fancy event, but I love wearing mine with my blue jeans," says Mirabent. "I think it is fun to layer a tennis necklace, and I layer mine with a heavy gold choker, but I have also been known to wear multiple stacked tennis necklaces. My motto is there's no such thing as too much when it comes to diamonds."

Now I know what you're thinking: A string of diamonds is very pricey. But don't worry—you don't need to remortgage your house to wear the look. Faux diamond tennis necklaces are just as chic and look more authentic than ever. If you are ready to invest in a piece you can wear for years to come and pass down through the generations, check out our favorite tennis necklaces below (scroll to the end if you're looking to splurge).

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tennis-necklace-Lili Claspe Reese Tennis Necklace

1 Lili Claspe Reese Tennis Necklace

$150, liliclaspe.com

For a delicate design you can wear daily, we love this necklace from Lili Claspe. Whether you learn towards understated jewelry or are just dipping your toes into the tennis trend, this is a great place to start. With its 15.5-inch chain and bezel cubic zirconia accents, it's a subtle take on the dazzling design. 

tennis-necklace-The M Jewelers of NY Full Iced Out Necklace

2 The M Jewelers of NY Full Iced Out Necklace

$187, revolve.com

For those that prefer silver jewelry, this design from M Jewelers of NY does the trick. Sterling silver cases crystals in this 16-inch chain. Reviewers say the piece feels high quality and sturdy, so it's less likely to move around while wearing. Watch those diamonds drip, not flip.

tennis-necklace-Craftd London Tennis Chain

3 Craftd London Tennis Chain

$140, craftdlondon.com

If you are the type of person who puts on a chain and never wants to take it off, then this number from Craftd London is for you. Made from stainless steel and rhodium, it's designed to withstand water, heat, and sweat without tarnishing or turning your neck green. Whether you are doing laps in the pool or squats in the gym, you can still rock your bling.

tennis-necklace-Crislu Round Graduated Tennis Necklace

4 Crislu Round Graduated Tennis Necklace

$298, bloomingdales.com

There's something that looks especially regal about this sterling silver tennis necklace. The graduated design and pointed setting make the strand of round-cut cubic zirconia extra glamorous (plus, it's less likely to flip with the heaviest jewel in the center). Pair it with a low-cut dress for an elegant look.

tennis-necklace-Kate Spade Shimmy Tennis Necklace

5 Kate Spade Shimmy Tennis Necklace

$128, katespade.com

Can't live without color? Kate Spade infuses the classic tennis necklace with some youthful glee with its colorful designs. Choose from all green or a rainbow medley—either whimsical style makes a bold enough statement to wear alone or layer with other necklaces and chains. 

tennis-necklace-Genevive-Double-Row-Tennis-Necklace

6 Genevive Double Row Tennis Necklace

$349, nordstrom.com

Sometimes, more is more. For those who want some major bling, this double strand tennis necklace will have heads turning and jaws dropping. Sterling silver and rhodium encase two rows of cubic zirconia for an extra opulent look.

tennis-necklace-Baublebar Bennett Tennis Necklace

7 Baublebar Bennett Tennis Necklace

$98, baublebar.com

If you want to enjoy the glitz of a tennis necklace but don't want to completely break the bank, snap up Baublebar's version. The crystals sit on 18K gold vermeil, so the necklace is made of quality materials that will last and won't turn your neck green. Consider this your training wheels into the tennis necklace trend—you can experiment with layering and styling before investing in real diamonds (if you so choose).

tennis-necklace-Gem Jewelers Co Chloe Graduated Diamond Tennis Necklace

8 Gem Jewelers Co. Chloe - Graduated Diamond Tennis Necklace

$4926, gemjeweleresco.com

Being lightweight, tennis necklaces are prone to flipping while wearing, hiding the strand of diamonds from view. With its graduated design, the Chloe necklace by Gem Jewelers Co. was created to avoid this issue. The largest diamond is in the middle of the necklace, creating an anchor that prevents flipping. Joseph Abitbol, CEO of Gem Jewelers Co., says the bestselling style also features an illusion setting, which makes the diamonds look bigger than they actually are. More bling for your buck—what's not to love?

tennis-necklace-Lattelier Diamonds Tennis Choker Necklace

9 Lattelier Diamonds Tennis Choker Necklace

$1450, lattelierstore.com

Think of this piece as a step up from your simple gold chain. You can wear the versatile design with anything—from hoodies to dresses—and layer with just about any other necklace. Although this one is a splurge, each diamond is extremely high clarity (SI 1-2) and processed with 78 edges to make them sparkle.