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Game, Set, Bling: Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open held at the Roland-Garros tennis complex in Paris is known for its challenging red clay courts. The sport has long been known for its white outfits as classic as its namesake, the diamond tennis bracelet, yet just as tennis has evolved so has its looks….and its inspo.

Read on to find out how you can shine as bright as the La Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers’ Trophy).

Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 

Tennis legend and winner of multiple French Opens, champion Chris Evert is credited with popularizing the modern-day tennis bracelet. The accepted story is that in 1987 at the US Open, during a long volley, her diamond bracelet broke and flew across the court. Ever since they say, it has been known as the tennis bracelet.

While a fitting anecdote, it’s not quite true. The style has been around since the 1920s and the name since the 1970s. However, Evert certainly skyrocketed its popularity and familiarity, thanks to sporting one as she rose through the ranks to become an internationally known tennis star.

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 
Chris Evert wearing a tennis bracelet while she faces service from Martina Navratilova in the 1978 Wimbledon Final
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Beyond the court, it is no wonder tennis bracelets and necklaces have fast become a staple of fashion. A simple yet elegant, and timeless design, these pieces are made up of a string of diamonds in your chosen metal (platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold).

From royals to celebs, these diamonds can be seen everywhere! Perfectly appropriate for a black tie event yet just as stylish with a pair of jeans, there’s nothing diamond tennis bracelets (or necklaces) don’t go with! In fact, many brides sport this classic look on their wedding day.

No matter what style you sport on your special day, a diamond tennis bracelet will add those perfect sparkling touches. See below and go to JamesAllen.com for more options!

More Than Just Red Dirt

There are four types of tennis courts: fresh grass, artificial grass, hard courts, and clay. A clay court has multiple layers: thick gravel, crushed gravel, coal residue, crushed white limestone, and finally, red brick dust. It is this final layer that gives the courts of Roland-Garros their famous red color.

Clay is considered the most difficult surface to play on. While grass allows for fast tennis, the dirt of red clay courts is heavier, causing a slower, more tactical game. Likened to a game of chess, every move on a clay court carries that much more importance. One shot can affect the outcome four to five moves later!

Clay is also favorable to players who have a terrific topspin, a spectacular slice, or a dazzling drop shot. Players who master such skills often get to lift the Roland-Garros trophy as champion.

Want to style the color of these hallowed courts? Go for gemstones with red rubies or get yourself gorgeous garnets. Prefer a diamond? Choose a fancy red colored diamond! The gemstones from the fancy dark group are especially perfect. See below for inspo!

Who Was Roland Garros?

Roland-Garros is not only the tennis complex where the French Open takes place, its name is synonymous with the Grand Slam itself. Named after French aviator Roland Garros, the complex was built in 1928, originally for French players to defend their titles in the Davis Cup.

You might assume Garros was a tennis champion himself, or at least a tennis aficionado, even a great fan, but in fact, he was none of these things. Garros was an athlete in just about every sport besides tennis! So who was its namesake?

Roland Garros

In 1909, Garros went to an air show and it was love at first sight. Garros went on to buy a plane, become a self-taught pilot, was the first to complete multiple daring flights, and finally, became a war hero.

Not enough to have taught himself how to fly, Garros invented the first on-board machine gun in planes. A technology the Germans were able to co-opt to their advantage when he was shot down and captured without time to destroy his invention. 

After escaping captivity, his health, including his sight, severely deteriorated, but Garros insisted on getting back in the cockpit. A decision that proved fatal as he was killed in battle in 1918. Years later, a university friend of Garros who was President of the Stade Français, successfully campaigned to have the tennis complex named after his old friend.

The complex’s logo is identifiable to even the most novice tennis fan, and its colors are not random. The green represents the lush trees and lawns around the courts, the white lettering is for the colors of the complex, and red-brown center marks the famous clay courts.

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Stars To Watch

The French Open is where the stars of tennis from all over the world come to shine. This challenging court brings out the best of the best. This year’s tournament is no exception, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Naomi Osaka who are just a few of the familiar names.

Rising stars to watch are Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and American Coco Gauff. Both are young, powerful, and considered to be dangerously talented. Alcaraz, who went pro at 18 and is the youngest player at 19 years old to reach the Madrid Open semi finals, beating fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz went on to win the entire tournament.

With his whole career ahead of him and a streak as hot as fire, you will not want to take your eye off this young champion.

Right alongside Alcaraz is Coco Gauff. The American is the youngest ranked player at just 18 years old, she is ranked #10 for singles and #15 for doubles, all before she can legally have a drink! Gauff is most famous for beating tennis great Venus Williams when she was just 15 years old!

Gauff is ready to set the tennis world on fire, inspiring young girls everywhere! Want to feel like a champion? Or looking for the perfect gift for your future champion? Check out these options below!

The French Open is the premiere tournament on clay courts. In a complex named after a war hero, riddled with current and future tennis stars, it is a Grand Slam not to be missed! Whether you want to shine as bright as these tennis stars, luxuriate in the beauty of a tennis bracelet (or necklace!), or are looking for a championship-level gift, James Allen has what you need.

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Sarah Chin

Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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The Super Sparkles Of LVI

Super Bowl rings are known for their opulent use of diamonds and gemstones. The rings feature the winning team’s name, the year, and the Super Bowl number. This year’s game featured the Cincinnati Bengals meeting the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals have not won a Super Bowl in years and the Rams have never won one in their new hometown (they won once in 2000 when they were the St. Louis Rams)….both teams were looking to make history and rock that championship bling.

The Super Sparkles Of LVI 

All That Glitters…

Upsetting a division champion, breaking a multi-game losing streak, the Bengals and Rams were an unlikely pairing for Super Bowl LVI. Leaving us only our imaginations to guess how much and what bling will be used for the championship ring.

The NFL contributes between $5,000 to $7,000 per ring, but the average ring costs six to ten times that amount. The winning team covers the remaining costs and it is yet unknown how much the winners will spend, and thus, how many diamonds and gemstones will be used.

All Super Bowl rings have diamonds and gems, but which gems are anyone’s guess. Some teams stick to diamonds only, while most have gemstones reflecting their team’s colors. The blue and yellow of the Rams, and the orange, black, and white of the Bengals are reflected in blue sapphires, yellow citrine, and of course diamonds.

Want to rock the colors of the Rams? Check out the pieces below:

Prefer to rock the colors of the Bengals? Go for these pieces!

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This Bling Is Brought To You By…..

The Super Bowl is a contest to see who is the best of the best! A dream of then-Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi, the big game is a contest between the division champions of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

Since its inception, the majority of Super Bowl rings have been designed by Jostens, but Tiffany & Co. (who also designs the Super Bowl’s Vince Lombardi trophy), as well as Balfour have also gotten in on the game. Check out this piece inspired by the infamous Lombardi trophy:

Gold Bar Pendant Necklace

14K White Gold Bar Pendant Necklace

What this year’s Championship ring will look like is still unknown. Ring design can only start now that there is a champion. Though we know from past rings that they will certainly be blindingly bling-tastic, filled with diamonds and gemstones. See the spectacular sparkles of past rings here.

Whereas merchandise was printed for both teams, with the losing team’s merch finding itself in donation bins, the ring is a different matter. Superstition abounds and only now that there is a winner will design get input from the winning team. 

Design and production will take about three months, after which the rings are presented in a private ceremony. Platinum is sometimes used, but gold is normally the metal of choice for this championship glitz. The number of diamonds and gemstones used is determined in the design, but it is safe to say the shine is so bright, you might need shades when looking at it.

Everyone Wants To Be Champion

All the work, the training, the games, injuries, and recovery, are all part of the emotional rollercoaster that is football. The journey to finally receiving a Super Bowl ring is a long and winding road and anything less than victory, can simply feel like heartbreak.

Owning a genuine Super Bowl ring is highly sought after, and not just by the champions. For example, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gifted one of his Super Bowl rings, either accidentally or purposefully, depending on whose story you believe, to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the ring and the game are not the only stars of the Super Bowl. The halftime show is just as much a part of the experience. This year’s show featured artists Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar.

Blige, Dre, Snoop, Eminem, and Lamar brought their powerhouse vocals, smooth rhymes, and commanding performances, marked by their unique styles.

Mary is frequently seen sporting classic gold hoops.  Get your own pair and feel as powerful as this music icon:

Intertwined Oval Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Intertwined Oval Hoop Earrings

Snoop can be seen sporting all sorts of pieces, fitting his eccentric personality. Get your own version of Snoop’s ice here:

Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

Eminem keeps his shine classic and can often be seen wearing a gold chain. Grab your own version here:

Paper Clip Chain Necklace

14K Yellow Gold 3.9mm Paper Clip Chain Necklace

Super Proposals

Receiving the ring that marks the ultimate achievement in football is a moment that cannot be matched. Yet a few athletes, and even fans, have tried. Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, took this incredible moment of professional performance and added a moment of personal bliss. The day he got his Super Bowl ring, he also gave a precious ring. 

Following the ceremony where the Chiefs received their rings, Mahomes surprised his long-time girlfriend with a ring of her own, proposing in an opulent surprise ceremony. She of course said yes!

Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Also entering the romantic Super Bowl proposal arena was linebacker for the New York Giants Greg Jones.  After beating the Patriots, Jones proposed to his college sweetheart, but Jones couldn’t wait for the ring ceremony.

During the joyful chaos of the on field celebrations, he got down on one knee and proposed, bringing his longtime girlfriend Many Piechowski to tears. Check out this ring that will bring your partner to (happy) tears too!

Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

While you may not be able to play in the Super Bowl, you can up the ante by popping the question with a ring worthy of a Super Bowl-size proposal. Check out these options!

While most people are not NFL Champions, you can at least sparkle like one! Whether sporting a bling-tastic ring or fine jewelry with gemstones dedicated to your favorite team, James Allen is here to help give you that Super Bowl sparkle.

Check out celebrity and athlete engagement rings and looks here:

Sofia VergaraHailey Bieber * 2020 Oscars * Royal Engagements * Pippa Middleton * Miranda Kerr * NBA Inspired * MLB Inspired * Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, & More!

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Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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