Posted on Fri, Aug. 30, 2002
A glittering gift for Serena
WILLIAMS' TENNIS BRACELET HAS NINE CARATS OF DIAMONDS
NEW YORK - Serena Williams, the top seed at the U.S. Open, already shines on the tennis court, but thanks to a gift from Harry Winston, she'll be able to shine wherever she goes.
The jewelry company created a special tennis bracelet for Williams to wear on and off the court during the tournament at the U.S. Tennis Center.
The nine-carat diamond bracelet is a floral cluster with a wider row of jewels than the traditional tennis bracelet, which typically has only one carat of diamonds, explains Carol Brodie Gelles, spokeswoman for Harry Winston. Williams' bracelet also was made larger to accommodate her 7 1/2-inch wrist.
A $29,000 version of the bracelet will be sold in Harry Winston stores.
Williams is a fan of Winston, often wearing the jeweler's diamonds to red-carpet events, says Brodie Gelles. ``With the Open coming up, we said, `Let's give Serena an award.' By far, she is the best-styled tennis player out there,'' she says.
Brodie Gelles says the tennis bracelet, which is now one of the most popular pieces of jewelry, got its start on the wrist of Chris Evert. Evert wore a diamond bracelet during the U.S. Open, and it fell off while she was playing. It has been called the ``tennis bracelet'' since then.
Williams' bracelet has an extra safety catch.