How to Measure Your Bracelet & Bangle Size
Are you planning to order a personalized bracelet for yourself or a loved one? If so, getting the right fit is undeniably important. After all, something like a medical alert bracelet or personalized bangle is not enjoyable or effective if it doesn't fit. Therefore, knowing how to measure wrist size before placing an order is important. Take a look below at a wrist measurement guide to help you get the right bracelet size every time.
How to Measure Wrist Size for a Bracelet
So, you're wondering, what is my wrist size? There are a few simple ways to take measurements. Here is the most straightforward:
- Get a flexible measuring tape
- Pick the spot on your wrist where you want the bracelet to rest
- Wrap the measuring tape around your wrist and take note of where the tape overlaps
- Add a half-inch to the wrist circumference to get the final measurement (e.g. you measure 7 inches, your bracelet size should be 7.5 inches)
If you are uncertain if this is a good size or if it will fit comfortably, measure a piece of string the exact length and tie it around your wrist. If you see that you prefer the bracelet to be slightly tighter or looser, adjust your measurements a bit.
How to Measure Wrist Size for a Bangle Bracelet
Bangles have to be large enough to slip over the hand and knuckles. Therefore, measuring for a bangle bracelet can be a bit different:
- Make a fist with your hand, keeping your pinky and thumb touching
- Wrap a measuring tape around your fist at the widest point and hold it in a loop that fits
- Move it down to your wrist and back off over your hand
Look at your measuring tape and take note of the size of the loop. This will be the bangle size you need.
How to Measure Wrist Size Without a Tape Measure
If you do not have a flexible tape measure, you can still get a good wrist measurement. If you have a ruler or a stiff measuring instrument, simply use a string, ribbon, piece of dental floss, or shoelace to measure your wrist circumference and then measure the string. You can also find printable rulers online that may help.
Ordering a Fitted Bracelet - FAQs
Why Do I Need to Measure My Wrist?
Measuring your wrist before ordering a bracelet ensures the bracelet will fit your arm comfortably without being too tight or slipping off over your hand. Wearing an ill-fitting bracelet can pose problems. For example, a bracelet that is too tight can impede circulation to your hand and fingers or be at risk of breaking. A bracelet that is too large can easily slip off and be lost when you are up and about.
How to Tell If a Bracelet is the Right Size?
If you order a personalized bracelet or even an engraved watch, you will know that the piece fits properly with a quick evaluation. Put the bracelet on your wrist and make sure it fits comfortably. The band or chain should not bite into your skin. Instead, it should move somewhat freely around your wrist but it should not slip over your hand without being unclasped.
How Do I Know What Size Bracelet to Get as a Gift?
Maybe you are looking to gift someone an engraved men's medical alert bracelet or another personalized bracelet for her. While these are awesome gift ideas, it can be difficult to surprise someone if you have to approach them with a wrist-size chart or a measuring tape. If you want to keep the gift a surprise, it might be a good idea to simply order a bracelet that is the average wrist size. For men, this is 6.5 to 7.2 inches (16.5-18.3 cm). For women, the average wrist size is a little smaller, at 5.7 to 6.2 inches (14.6-15.7 cm). You could also go with an adjustable bracelet, such as the Black Silicone Adjustable Medical ID Bracelet or the Engravable Women's Medical Alert Stretch Bracelet.
A Final Word from ForAllGifts
Personalized bracelets can be such a treasurable addition to a jewelry collection. However, finding the right fit is ever-important. As you shop for bracelets on ForAllGifts, be sure to look at the product details where you will find the measurements of each piece of jewelry.