How to Measure Your Bracelet Size
While many people know that the Ancient Egyptians wore gold bracelets since 5000 B.C., few know that early humans wore bracelets many, many years prior. The oldest bracelet ever found was discovered in Siberia’s Altai Mountains.
The stone bracelet is made of chlorite, and it shines a brilliant deep shade of green by firelight. Based on its design, archaeologists believe that it featured a leather strap that held a heavy charm attached to the bracelet. The bracelet was likely worn on the right wrist and is believed to have been worn only on special occasions by an elite woman.
This bracelet was a small open-bangle style of bracelet, meaning that it could fit a variety of small wrist sizes. Determining other bracelet sizes is not as straightforward. Because bracelets continue to remain an important fashion accessory and meaningful gift, knowing how to measure bracelet size is important so that you can wear it without it being too tight or loose.
Here’s our bracelet size guide and bracelet size charts to help you determine bracelet size for yourself, or for determining someone else’s wrist size for gift purposes.
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How to Measure Wrist Size for Bracelet
Before buying a bracelet for yourself, you’ll first want to figure out your wrist size. Of course, this means you’ll need to measure your wrist.
- Take a string, a piece of fabric, or a of strip of paper, and wrap it around your wrist below the wrist bone.
- (If you own a bracelet gauge or a flexible measuring tape, you may also use those.)
- If using a string, a piece of fabric, or a piece of paper, mark the strip with a pen or marker on the part of the string that completes wrapping around your wrist.
- Measure the strip with a ruler. This is your wrist size.
Remember, this is how to measure wrist size for bracelet minimum sizing. You obviously don’t want to get a bracelet that is as tight as your wrist, otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to put it on (unless it’s really flexible).
To find what size bracelet to get for your wrist size, increase your wrist measurement by the increment of how much looser you’d like your bracelet to be. We will go over how to figure out your bracelet size in the section below.
How to Figure Out Your Bracelet Size
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Once you have your wrist size, you’ll want to add on a ¼ inch to 1 ¼ inches to figure out what size bracelet to get. Here’s a guide to figuring out how much to add to your wrist size to choose a properly fitting bracelet.
- For a snug fit,: add ¼ inches to ½ inches.
- For a comfort fit: add ¾ inches to 1 inch extra.
- For a loose fit: add 1 one inch to 1 ¼ inches.
You should be able to fit two fingers comfortably between the bracelet and your wrist for a comfort fit. If you like a tighter bracelet or a looser fitting bracelet, you can size up or down. Some people prefer to only fit one finger between the bracelet and wrist, others prefer more space between the bracelet and their wrist.
Bracelet Size Chart
Here’s a picture of a bracelet size chart for the different types of bracelet size fits according to your wrist measurement.
|Tight Wrist Measure MM
|Tight Wrist Measurement (Inches)
|Bracelet Length (Inches)
|Use for Women, Men, and Children Bracelet Sizes
|129.5 MM–139.7 MM
|5.1 –5.5 IN
|Child 6–8 Years
|Tween 9–13 Years
|7 .5 IN
|Women Medium Men’s Small
|Women Large Men’s Medium
|Women X-Large Men’s Medium
|208.2 MM - 215.9 MM
|8.2 IN - 8.5 IN
|Women X-Large Men’s Large
|216 MM - 228.6 MM
|8.5 IN - 9 IN
|9.5 IN - 10 IN Anklet
If your wrist size fluctuates (water retention, weight lifting, etc) you may wish to choose a bracelet that has a chain with several lengths you can adjust it to.The type of clasp and the overall flexibility of the bracelet may play a role in how tight or how loose you want your bracelet to be. Some types of clasps may be hard to remove if the bracelet is a tight fit.
How to Figure Out Bangle Bracelet Size
If you’re looking at getting a bangle bracelet, a solid metal cuff bracelet, or any other kind of non-adjustable bracelet, you’ll want to follow the steps for determining bangle bracelet size. Figuring out bangle bracelet size is different than adjustable bracelets because it must fit over your hand for you to put it on.
How to measure wrist for bangle bracelet:
- Close your fingers, by bringing your thumb and pinky finger together (as if you were putting on a bangle bracelet over your hand).
- Wrap a cut strip of paper or a measuring tape around your closed hand at its widest point.
- Pull the paper strip or measuring tape snug against the widest point of your hand.
- If you’re using a strip of paper, mark it with a pen where it touches the end of the strip.
- Measure where the strip of paper is marked with a ruler or measuring tape. This is the circumference size of your wrist/hand for a bracelet.
Once you have your hand circumference measurement, check the bangle size chart below.
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Bangle Bracelet Size Chart
When choosing a bangle bracelet size, you want to choose a bangle bracelet with a diameter at least ¼ inch larger than the diameter shown below, to fit over your hand.
|Bangle Size Recommendation
|2 .27 IN
|Women’s Small or Men’s X-Small
|Women’s Medium or Men’s Small
|2 .75 IN
|Wome’s X-Large or Men’s Medium
|Women’s XXL or Men’s Large
If you’re looking for a simple guideline for converting bangle bracelet circumference to bangle diameter size, use the following chart:
|Bangle Circumference (inches)
For example, a size 6.75 bracelet is a wrist circumference of 6.25" (6 ¼”); a size 7.25 bracelet is a 6.75" (6 ¾") wrist circumference.If you find bracelets with a more specific size (rather than small, medium, large, etc), you can find your size by converting the numeric size into a wrist circumference by subtracting 0.5 inches from the bracelet size.
Figuring Out Bracelet Size for a Gift
From soldiers during WWII who brought back mementos for their wives to use as charms on a bracelet, to the family heirloom bracelets mothers give to their daughters—bracelets today make a great meaningful gift for a girlfriend, boyfriend, daughter, wife, etc because they still have a lot of meaning in addition to their aesthetic appeal.
Gemstone bracelets are a particularly unique bracelet gift—you can choose the person’s favorite color gemstone or their birthstone bracelet. But how do you figure out what size bracelet to get for a girlfriend? Or what size bracelet to get for a man?
If you’re purchasing a diamond tennis bracelet, gold bangle, or charm bracelet as a gift and you don’t know the person’s wrist measurement, start by using the average bracelet size for men and women as a starting place.
- The average bracelet size for women is 7 to 7.5 inches.
- The average bracelet size for men is 7.5–8.5 inches.
If you think the person you’re giving the bracelet gift to has smaller or larger wrists than the average person, adjust up or down accordingly, judging by a half-inch.
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Bracelet Size Chart for Children
If you’re buying a bracelet for a child, and you’re wondering what size bracelet to get a 1-year old, newborn, or toddler, here are the average bracelet sizes for children:
|Average Bracelet Size
|Newborn – 6 Months
|Child 6–12 Months
|Child 12 Months–1 year old
|Child 2–5 Years
Tips for Choosing a Bracelet
Some bracelets, such as tennis bracelets and gold chain bracelets, are often easy to adjust by removing a link to shorten the bracelet’s chain, so it’s not as important to get the size of a tennis bracelet exactly right as it is with other bracelet types. This is why if you’re looking for a gift to get for a girlfriend or boyfriend, or for your wife for your wedding anniversary, a chain bracelet is a good choice.
Whether you’re looking for a bracelet for small wrists, large wrists, or medium bracelet sizes—you want to make sure you’re shopping somewhere that clearly outlines bracelet sizes.
- It’s a good idea to shop online. If you shop an online store that manufactures bracelets, such as ItsHot.com, you save money by cutting out the cost of the middleman. Retail stores that don’t manufacture their own bracelets provide an up-charge on bracelet prices to profit over the price they paid for the bracelets.
- Choose a precious metal bracelet, such as sterling silver bracelets, gold bracelets, and platinum bracelets. Precious metals are easier to resize than other types of metal bracelets.
- Consider customizing your own bracelet for a truly unique bracelet with a specific size.
When buying a bracelet as a gift or for yourself, it’s important to consider the cost and quality. You will save money in the long run if you buy men’s and women’s diamond bracelets that are not only quality-made but put together with expertise.
Buying a bracelet that’s built to last will make size adjustments and repairs easy. You shouldn’t have to buy a new bracelet if your wrist size change.
Returns and Gifts Made Easy
Bracelets make a wonderful gift—for yourself or a loved one. As an added plus, here at ItsHot we not only outline clearly the bracelet’s size measurements but add an additional gift box/pouch, so you don’t have to purchase your own.
To help decide what style of bracelet is right for you or a loved one, shop around. Check out our newest styles of diamond bracelets or our top 5 gold bracelet styles post to figure out what style of bracelet you like best.
We offer a customer-first approach that includes a 1-year warranty and 30-day money-back returns, making it easy to return your bracelet if it doesn’t fit. For the best bracelets in real gold, platinum, sterling silver for the best prices, check out our women’s bracelets and men’s bracelets.
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Denis Stepansky is a founder of ItsHot, a diamond jewelry and watches store based in NYC. He has been in the jewelry business for about 20 years and owns such high-end jewelry brands as Luccello and Luxurman. As a jewelry expert, he has citations on well-known magazines and newspapers like Insider and Daily Mail.
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