The s-link diamond tennis bracelet is both the best and the worst tennis bracelet ever made.
Best and worst?
It’s the best tennis bracelet because it made women fall in love with diamond bracelets, and jewelers sold tons of them.
The s-link started a trend that still continues today. Women could wear beautiful diamond bracelets that were popular, stylish and most of all, affordable. It opened people’s eyes to tennis bracelets with whole new looks and bold designs.
But the tennis bracelet failed…
Tennis bracelets brought failure to the diamond market, it’s what I call The s-link tragedy. S-link tennis bracelets became all the rage. They became so popular, that just about every jewelry vendor in the world started making cheap knock-offs of them.
And as the years went by, these diamond bracelets got worse and worse.
Cheaper mountings, thinner mountings, lower quality diamonds…
Ultimately it doomed the s-link bracelet.
The market was so saturated, that eventually every woman had one. When it began a 2.00 carat diamond s-link bracelet was a $2,000 investment. Then it quickly dropped down to $699 because of quality and competition. Putting in low grade diamonds did the trick.
Today I’m sure that you could probably get a 2.00 carat bracelet for under $500… That’s low grade!
And when I say low grade, I mean it:
These diamonds looked like chunks of salt and globs of glue. They had visible clouds in them and huge black carbon spots, and most were an ugly shade of yellow or brown. Plus, many were chipped or broken!
If you louped these cheap knock-offs with a microscope or a 10x jeweler’s loupe, you’d GASP at how bad these diamonds were. You’d see how badly the diamonds were set, some were crooked, and I’ve even seen some set upside down in the mounting.
A lot of them were pure junk.
It didn’t used to be like that. I’ve seen some really nice quality s-link bracelets out there. Bracelets with big carat weights and high clarity diamonds. I’ve seen some with heavy, well constructed mountings. It sure beats those crappy thin mountings in some of today’s s-link bracelets. You could pick some of them up today and they’d be so thin that you could squish them between your fingers.
So here’s some good advice:
If you see an s-link (cookie-cutter) diamond tennis bracelet in a jewelry case today, think twice…
After all, those cheaper s-links will only catch and snag your clothing anyway (RIP!). Turn your eyes and gaze to other styles and designs, like this awesome 5.00 carat princess cut diamond tennis bracelet HERE.
You’ll be happy you did.
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