How to Size a Bracelet

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Bracelets are a fantastic and expressive accessory that can help accentuate any outfit or style you’re trying to pull off. They come in a massive array of types, sizes, and styles, making them a highly versatile tool that anyone would be happy to include in their collection of fine jewelry. But it’s essential to be comfortable, as well as stylish, so bracelet lovers should take a few extra moments to determine their optimal bracelet sizing before adding another bangle, bolo, charm, or cuff to their collection of stellar wrist jewelry. Please keep reading to learn more information about the easy process of measuring your bracelet size. And once you’re done, please also feel free to check out the fabulous selection of artisan-designed, handcrafted bracelets and other jewelry proudly presented by the creative experts at LaCkore Couture today!

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Measuring Your Wrist For Bracelet Sizing in Three Easy Steps

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The process of measuring your wrist to determine the optimal bracelet size for your body is a fast and easy one that should only take a couple of minutes, leaving you plenty of time to find some stellar pieces either in person or online. All you’ll need for the process is a flexible measuring tape, or a strip of paper, a pen, and a ruler

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Step 1: Measure

Carefully measure your wrist using your flexible tape measure just below your wrist bone, where you’d typically wear your bracelets. If you don’t happen to own a flexible measuring tape, you can just as easily use a strip of paper that can then be marked with a pen and measured with an ordinary ruler.

Step 2: Record and Compare

Once you’ve got the measurements for your wrist size, you’re all set to go shopping for some new bling. Just keep your wrist measurements in mind or write them down in case you need to refer to a bracelet measurement chart, which you’re most likely to encounter if you’re buying your jewelry online. Some websites will provide you will a highly detailed chart describing wrist sizes and corresponding bracelet sizes. However, many other websites, like LaCkore Couture, have simplified the process by offering basic sizing options, like “Small/Medium” or “Large/Extra Large.” 


The LaCkore Couture bracelet sizing guide.

The differences between these sizing options depend on the kind of bracelet you’re looking to buy. More specific measurements can be exceedingly helpful if you’re looking at rigid, inflexible, or unstretchable bracelets that will need to be the correct size to fit properly. At the same time, general sizing options are best for stretchy bracelets that don’t have to rely on specific sizing requirements to fit correctly. If you end up buying a bracelet that doesn’t fit right, several shops and online stores offer exchanges to help ensure you’ll end up with a properly-fitted product that you’ll be proud to wear. 

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Snug Vs. Loose Fitting Bracelets 

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Some people prefer to have their bracelets fit nice and snug around their wrists, while others prefer more loose-fitting bracelets that can move a bit up and down their arms. If your preference is for tighter, more form-fitting bracelets, try to get one in a size that is as close to your wrist size as possible. However, if you’d prefer looser bracelets, take your wrist measurements and add some length to achieve a more flattering fit. Three basic sizes can be applied to bracelets, and it’s essential to consider which ones you’d prefer for your jewelry, especially if you’re looking at non-flexible bracelets.

Snug Fit

Snug-fitting bracelets are tighter around your wrist and will tend to remain in place when you move, rather than sliding up and down your arm. A snug fit can be achieved by getting a bracelet that’s close to your wrist measurement size, though you can also add between ¼ to ½ inches to its length for a slightly loose but still snug fit.


To find your comfort-fit size for bracelets, all you need to do is add between ¾ to 1 inch of length to your wrist measurements. This should help you locate a bracelet with the perfect balance between snug and loose, meaning the bracelet should be able to move slightly along your arm, but not too much.

Loose Fit

To get a loose-fitting bracelet, take your wrist measurements and add up to 1 ¼ inch to its length. It’s crucial to ensure that any loose-fitting bracelet you decide to get can remain attached to your wrist without falling off, so be careful that whichever bracelet you choose isn’t so loose that it can’t stay on. This may not be necessary if you’re looking into stretchy bracelets that don’t require exact measurements for a decent fit. Still, it’ll be essential for any non-stretchy bracelets you may be thinking about buying.

However, please remember that you don’t need to pick loose or tight bracelets consistently unless you significantly prefer one over the other. Mixing and matching bracelet sizes can be a fun way to make your style more unique! And please remember that no matter which sizes and styles of bracelets you prefer, there is no correct answer when selecting the jewelry you love. All that really matters is that you like it and what it does for your sense of style! 

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How to Measure Your Wrist for a Bangle

Measuring your wrist for a bangle is a little different because the bangle doesn’t stretch or open with a clasp. You need to get your hand through the bangle comfortably, but you don’t want it to slip off. To measure your wrist for a bangle:

  1. Bring your fingers together with an open palm. Cross your thumb over your palm until it touches your little finger.
  2. Measure your hand circumference. Wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your hand to get the circumference.
  3. Use this size chart to figure out your bangle size. You’ll want to size up from your hand measurement circumference:
  • Women’s Size Small Bangle: 7.5 inches/ 18.9 cm
  • Women’s Size Medium Bangle: 8.25 inches/ 20.9 cm
  • Women’s Size Large Bangle: 8.5 inches/ 21.9 cm

How Should a Bracelet Fit on Your Wrist?

bracelet should always fit comfortably on your wrist. So depending on the style, you may need different fits. Bangles are generally loose, while cuffs should fit snugly. But even these bracelets shouldn’t be too tight or fall off your wrist on their own.

As a general rule of thumb: You need to be able to stick one to two fingers between the bracelet and your wrist. This is the easiest way to measure whether the bracelet will fit comfortably.

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What is the Average Woman’s Wrist?

Don’t feel like measuring your wrist and would rather use an average to determine your bracelet size? We understand that. Here are the average women’s wrist size circumferences:

  • X-small wrist: 5 – 5.5 in/ 12 – 14 cm
  • Small wrist: 5.5 – 6.5 in/ 14 – 17 cm
  • Medium wrist: 6.5 – 7.5 in/ 17 – 19 cm
  • Large wrist: 7.5 – 8.5 in/ 19 – 21 cm

This will give you a general measurement. But if you have tiny wrists or thicker wrists, plan accordingly.

What is the Average Size for a Bracelet?

Now, not all bracelets come in sizes. So how do you know what size a bracelet will be? Most bracelets are fit for the average wrist, which is a medium wrist circumference. Jewelry designers follow the industry-standard sizing because it is pretty universal:

  • Industry Bracelet Size for a Woman: 7 in
  • Industry Bracelet Size for a Man: 8 in

How Do I Measure My Girlfriend’s Wrist Size and Still Keep the Bracelet a Surprise?

Are you shopping for your girlfriend and aren’t sure how to measure her wrist size without being caught? No worries. We can help. You’ll want to try one of these suggestions:

  • Measure one of her existing bracelets. You’ll want to pick a bracelet that is comparable in style.
  • Use the average bracelet size for women based on your girlfriend’s size. If she’s petite, you’ll want an x-small or small. An average size woman will be small or medium. A tall woman will need a medium to a large bracelet.
  • Buy extenders or an adjustable bracelet. This way, your girlfriend can customize the circumference of the bracelet.

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If you’d like to learn even more on how to properly size your jewelry to help you select the best pieces for your growing collection, please consider checking out the range of stellar resources proudly presented by the artisan jewelry experts at LaCkore Couture. Also, feel free to check out the massive selection of gorgeous necklaces, earrings, rings, and other handcrafted pieces currently available on their website. 

Are you searching for a stellar new source of beautiful, artisan-crafted jewelry to help you express the truth of your inner beauty? Take a look at the range of top-quality products presented by the experts at LaCkore Couture today to learn more about what each of their pieces can do for your sense of style.