How to Measure Your Wrist for Bracelet Size?
Ordering bracelets is MUCH easier if you know your correct wrist size. When you order a bracelet you want to fit it properly!
These simple instructions tell you how to measure your wrist properly so you can be sure your bracelets will fit right.
Using a flexible measuring tape*, Measure just above (towards elbow) the wrist bone, then add 1/4" to 1 " (1/2" is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. That is the size bracelet you would wear.
*Tip: If you don't have a tape measure handy, use a strip of paper or thin string, and mark it where it overlaps on your wrist. Then lay the strip flat to measure up to the mark using any ruler.
Why it's important to use a flat tape measure or small string or strip of paper?
With bracelets the actual length is not what is a concern, it's the inner circumference when latched shut. That's because the beads themselves take up space on the inside circumference. That makes making the inside measurement smaller than the length when laid out flat. What is needed to actually wear a bracelet or anklet is for the inner measurements to match the outer circumference of your wrist or ankle. That's why it is important use a tape measure, strip of paper, or small string -- it's not bulky, so the inner circumference is virtually the same as the lengthy when laid flat.
Using bulky things to measure (like large beaded bracelets and thick chains, etc.) causes the problem. The length when laid flat not being the same as the inner circumference when worn.
For these there is a specific tool for measuring the inner circumference of a bracelet.