Step 1: Determine Your Wrist Size
Measure your wrist below the wrist bone (where you would normally wear your bracelet) using a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper.
Note: if using a strip of paper, mark your strip with a pen where the end of the bracelet needs to be. Then measure the paper strip with a ruler. This is your wrist size.
Step 2: Select Your Size Based On Bracelet Type
The size listed with each cuff bracelet represents the total inside circumference and is a good indicator of fit, as it compares directly to your wrist size. The total inside circumference is the inside measurement of the cuff from end to end plus the measurement of the gap (the distance between the two ends of the cuff). However, there are a few additional factors you should consider as you decide the cuff bracelet size that will be a good fit for you.
How wide is the cuff?
- Less than 1” wide: I suggest subtracting a 1/4" from your wrist size
- Greater than 1” wide: Use your wrist size, no adjustment necessary
What is your fit preference?
- Snug fit: I suggest subtracting 1/4" from your wrist size
- Comfort fit: Use your wrist size, no adjustment needed
- Loose fit: I suggest adding 1/4" to your wrist size
Other factors to consider:
- Will you wear the cuff alone or with other bracelets, in front of or behind the prominent bone on your wrist?
- Do you live in a climate where there may be fluctuations in the size of your wrist?
- If you have an existing cuff that fits you well, you can measure that directly as an alternative approach (be sure to consider the width of the cuff as noted above).
¾” wide cuff, snug fit preference, wrist measurement = 6 ¾”
- The cuff is less than 1” wide, so you would subtract ¼” from your wrist size (wrist size now = 6 ½”)
- Snug Fit preference suggests subtracting ¼” from your wrist size (wrist size now = 6 ¼”)
- In this case, a cuff size of around 6 ¼” should be a good fit
1 ¼” wide cuff, loose fit preference, wrist measurement = 6 ¾”
- The cuff is wider than 1”, so no adjustment is needed
- Loose Fit preference suggests adding ¼” to your wrist size (wrist size now = 7”)
- In this case, a cuff size of around 7” should be a good fit
- Close your fingers together, bringing your thumb and little finger together (as though you would be putting on a bangle).
- Using a strip of paper or tape measure, measure around the closed hand at the widest point, pulling the tape snug against the skin. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark the paper with a pen, then measure the strip with a ruler. This is the circumference of your hand.
- Find the hand circumference on the table below. If you purchase a bracelet with this measurement, the bangle will have an average fit. For a looser fit, choose a bangle that is a bit larger than your hand circumference.
- Converting Circumference to inside Diameter (Size)
- 7 1/2" is approx. 2 1/4" diameter
- 7 3/4" is approx. 2 3/8" diameter
- 8 " is approx. 2 1/2" diameter (this is a standard size)
- 8 1/4" is approx 2 5/8" diameter
- 8 1/2" is approx. 2 3/4" diameter
Bracelets With A Closure (Toggle, Clasp, Hook)
- Snug fit: add 1/4" to 1/2" to your wrist size
- Comfort fit: add 3/4" to 1" to your wrist size
- Loose fit: add 1-1/4" to your wrist size
If you have a favorite necklace you always wear, measure the length of that necklace. In addition, here is a chart that shows various necklace lengths:
- 14" - Collar - Tightly around the neck
- 16" - Choker - Tightly against base of throat
- 18" - Princess - On the collarbone
- 20-24" - Matinee - between the collarbone and bust
Note: If you have a wide neck and are considering shorter lengths, you may need to go up 2".