As someone who loves jewelry so much, you’ll probably wonder why I wrote this article. Well, the first time I collected jewelry I developed an obsession for earrings. And since earrings do not require sizing, I hoarded all types from hoops to studs to chandeliers. If you look at my earring collection you’ll think I’ve gone into earring collection overdrive. Well, maybe I have. With the market constantly upgrading their styles I just had to keep up with the trend.
After my earrings obsession, I turned to rings. Similarly, I hoarded, shopped and collected as many rings as I can. Some of them I sold to friends, families and strangers but some I kept for myself most especially the timeless pieces. After rings, I jumped into bracelets. With my other arm bare, I just had to add more.
But that’s when I got a bit confused because choosing bracelets aren’t as easy as shopping for earrings. You have to know the correct size of your wrist so the bracelet can fit properly and look beautiful when worn. An ill-fitting bracelet defeats the purpose of why you have it in the first place. When shopping for bracelets your primary concern has to be this, your bracelet must fit your wrist properly.
The following are basic instructions that will teach you how to measure your wrist the right way so you can ensure that the bracelets you buy will fit you perfectly.
When you start measuring for your bracelets, measure it snugly where your wrist is widest. Use a soft tape measure to check for the size of your wrist just right below the wrist bone. Below the wrist bone is the space between your wrist bone and your hand. This measurement is the actual size of your wrist, which means this is not the size of your bracelet.
With this baseline calculation adds about ¼ inches to 1 inch to your wrist size. This is your estimated bracelet size. The more inches you add to your wrist size the more your jewelry bracelet will hang from your wrist and hand.
With the use of a flexible and soft measuring tape measure the area just above your wrist bone, add about ¼ inch up to 1 inch (1/2 inch is the average) depending on how snug you like your bracelets to feel. This is the bracelet size you should be wearing.
Here’s a tip that might come in handy: Assuming you don’t have a measuring tape at home, you can use a thin strip of paper or a thin string and mark the area where it overlaps your wrist. Lay that thin strip on a flat surface and measure it up to the mark you left with a ruler.
What is the importance of using a flat tape measure or a strip of paper?
When it comes to bracelets, the actual length isn’t the primary concern. It’s more on the internal circumference when clasped shut. The reason for this is very basic, most bracelets are made of tiny/huge beads and the beads take up a lot of space on the inner circumference. This results in the inside measurement being smaller compared to the length when it’s laid out flat.
What you really need to actually wear an anklet or a bracelet is to get the inner measurements and have it match the outer circumference of your ankle or wrist. This is the reason why it is very important to use a measuring tape or a strip of paper or even just a small string that isn’t denser or thick so that the inner circumference can be visualized as the same as the length when being laid flat.
When you use bulky objects to measure your wrist like thick chains or beaded bracelets then it can cause a problem for you. The length of this, when laid flat, will not be the same as the inner circumference once worn.