How to Measure a Bracelet Size

by Kathy Gleason ; Updated September 28, 2017

It's easy to figure out your bracelet size.

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Measuring the size bracelet you need is easy and requires very little equipment. If you buy a bracelet in a store, you can just try it on, but when ordering online it's very important to know what size bracelet to buy. If you don't want to measure yourself, you can also go to a local jewelry store and ask to have your wrists sized. Part of your correct bracelet size is personal preference, whether you like your bracelets to fit loosely or tightly.

Locate a flexible tape measure, such as one used by sewers or knitters. A stiff metal one will not be nearly as accurate for this type of measurement.

Wrap the tape measure around your wrist just above the wrist bone. Above your wrist bone is the side closer to your elbow.

Add anywhere from 1/4 to 1 inch to the measurement you read off the tape measure. How much extra to add depends on how close fitting you like your bracelets. About 1/2 inch is average.


  • If you can't find a flexible tape measure and only have a stiff tape measure or a ruler, wrap a piece of yarn or thread around your wrist instead, making knots at each end to indicate where your wrist measurement begins and ends. Then measure the string against the ruler or tape measure.

    Use a bracelet you already have that's the right size and measure the inside length to determine your ideal bracelet size

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About the Author

Kathy Gleason is a freelance writer living in rural northern New Jersey who has been writing professionally since 2010. She is a graduate of The Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Before leaving her massage therapy career to start a family, Gleason specialized in Swedish style, pregnancy and sports massage.