How Do I Find My Bracelet Size?

Written By Allie Perry January 19, 2023

How do I know what bracelet size I need?

I hear this question all the time! Different style bracelets require different measurements, but don’t worry- the answer is really easy to figure out!

The easiest way to find your bracelet size is to take your favorite bracelet and measure it!  Flexible bracelets can be laid out on the table and measured end to end.  

Note: If your bracelet has the type of clasp where one part of the clasp fits inside the opposite part of the clap, be sure not to include that little bit of length that will be inside the clasp when it’s closed.

If you’re trying to measure an existing bangle or cuff bracelet, it’s easiest to use a flexible tape measure or strip of paper. If the bangle you want is listed with a total length, simply fit your tape or paper inside the bangle or cuff so it sits flush with no gaps.  Mark where the ends meet and take note of the measurement. If the bangle is listed with a diameter measurement, take one measurement arcoss the width in the bracelet, starting and ending on the inside edge of the bangle.

How do I measure my wrist for a link bracelet?

Let’s start with link or chain style bracelets.  This includes tennis bracelets, charm bracelets, and most other flexible bracelets.

Step 1: Measure Your Wrist

The fastest way to determine your wrist size is by measuring your wrist with a flexible measuring tape. Wrap the measuring tape around the circumference of your wrist, just above the wrist bone. Make sure it's snug but not too tight. Take note of the measurement where the tape overlaps. If you don’t have a flexible measuring tape, you can use a thin strip of paper or a piece of string! If you're using paper or string, mark the point where it overlaps and then measure it against a ruler.

Step 2: Add Some Extra Length for a Comfortable Fit

Once you have your wrist measurement, it's essential to add some extra length for comfort. For a snug fit, add 1/4 to 1/2 inch to your wrist measurement. For a comfort fit, add 3/4 to 1 inch. And f you prefer a looser fit, you can add up to 1 inch. This additional length will ensure that the bracelet is not too tight or too loose. 

Note: When adding extra length, make sure the new measurement isn’t so large the bracelet will slip off of your wrist.

Step 3: Consider the Type of Bracelet

Different types of bracelets may require different sizing considerations. For example:

  • Beaded Bracelets: Consider the size of the beads when determining the bracelet size. Larger beads will require a larger bracelet size.
  • Chain Bracelets: Factor in the thickness of the chain links for a comfortable fit.
  • Cuff Bracelets: Measure the widest part of your wrist as cuff bracelets are generally adjustable.

Step 4: Check Sizing Charts

Many jewelry brands provide sizing charts to help you find the right bracelet size, and they may differ slightly from brand to brand. These charts often correlate wrist measurements with standard bracelet sizes. Check the brand's website or contact their customer service for specific sizing information.

When I list bracelets on Allie Perry Designs, I always have the cat length listed in the description so you don’t have to worry about converting a measurement to a size.  I find it eliminates guess work!

Step 5: Try Before You Buy

If possible, try on the bracelet before making a purchase. This is especially important if you're buying from a physical store. Ensure that the bracelet fits comfortably and doesn't slide off or dig into your wrist. If you’re shopping online and can’t try before you buy, make sure you know the return policies where you’re shopping!

Step 6: Adjustable Bracelets

Opt for adjustable bracelets if you're unsure of your exact size. Adjustable bracelets usually have extension chains or sliding knots, allowing you to customize the fit to your liking.

How do I measure my wrist for a bangle bracelet?

If you’re looking to find your bangle bracelet size, you need to measure your hand and wrist a little bit differently.

Step 1: Hold Your Hand Correctly

Bring all of your fingertips together as though you’re going to put on a bangle.  Make sure your thumb and pinky finger are touching.

Step 2: Measure Your Hand

If you’re using a flexible tape measure, measure around your closed hand at the widest point (generally be somewhere even with your knuckles) and take note of the measurement. If you're using paper or string, mark the point where it overlaps and then measure it against a ruler.

Note: You don’t need to add any extra length for bangle bracelets.  The goal is for the bangle to slide snugly over your hand and sit comfortably on your wrist without sliding off.

Step 3: Convert Circumference to Diameter

The measurement you just found is the circumference of your hand, but you may need to convert that to a diameter measurement. You can use this chart below as a starting point:

7 1/2” circumference is approximately 2 3/8” in diameter, and generally considered a size small.

8 1/4” circumference is approximately 2 5/8” in diameter, and generally considered a size medium.

8 5/8” circumference is approximately 2 3/4” in diameter, and generally considered a size large.

You’ll still want to check your size against the sizing charts wherever you’re shopping, in case the sizes differ from online charts or other retailers. 

Be sure to take measurements on both hands! Our hands and wrists can be two different sizes, so you want to make sure you’re measuring whatever wrist will be wearing your new bracelet!

Now that you know your perfect size, you’re ready to go shopping

Feel free to reach out if you need help finding your size.

 

                                                     

Allie is the owner and goldsmith behind Allie Perry Designs.

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