How to Measure Your Wrist for a Bracelet

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We've all been there, standing in a boutique or perusing a website, our eyes twinkle like diamonds as they lock onto a bracelet so gorgeous it could make the Hope Diamond feel less hopeful. 

You're ready to grab it for yourself or as a sparkling surprise for someone special. 

But then, the crucial question arises: "What's the perfect size for my wrist or their wrist?"

We’ll let you in on an insider secret - it doesn't have to be as daunting as finding a needle in a haystack or a diamond in a quartz mine, for that matter! 

We’re rolling out the red carpet for the art of measuring your wrist for a bracelet so you can shop to your heart’s content.

Brace-let yourself (see what we did there?), because we’re about to navigate the sphere of bangles and bands with the precision of a master jeweler.

Because after all, that’s who we are!

So, brace yourselves (we can’t stop - sorry!), grab your measuring tape (or a piece of string - you'll see why), and let's dive wrist-first into this sparkling sea of knowledge. 

By the end of this short excursion, you’ll have all the information you need to find that perfect fit - the Cinderella slipper of bracelets. 

And just like Cinderella, you'll be ready for the ball - or the boardroom, brunch, or wherever else your fabulous life leads you!

Different Methods of Measuring Your Wrist

Soft Measuring Tape

Ah, the soft measuring tape – the darling of the DIY jewelry size guides- for good reason! 

It’s the Audrey Hepburn of the measurement world; elegant, accurate, and never going out of style.

Grab your soft measuring tape - if you don’t have one, fear not, a sewing kit usually harbors this treasure.

Start by wrapping the tape around your wrist, ensuring it’s snug but not as tight as a locked jewelry box.

The number where the tape intersects will be your wrist size. 

Write it down, tattoo it on your brain, or maybe just put it in your phone notes - we’ll need it later!

Strip of Paper

No measuring tape on hand? Where there’s a will, there’s a way! 

In the grand fashion of MacGyver, we adapt.

Locate a strip of paper—yes, you heard it right - a plain old strip of paper.

Anything will do, an old receipt, a piece from the printer, or that board report you’ve been putting off for a week…

Let it wrap its two-dimensional self around your wrist (it might need your guidance), marking where it overlaps.

Now, measure the marked strip of paper against a ruler, and would you look at that - you’ve got your wrist measurement! 

You've successfully converted paper into precious information. High-five!

Dental Floss

Before you think we've totally lost the plot, give us a minute. Dental floss is not just for dazzling smiles but also dazzling wrists. 

Pull out a piece of minty fresh dental floss, though flavor doesn’t matter. Use it the same way as a measuring tape or strip of paper.

After marking the overlap, lay it against a ruler.

Suddenly, that floss isn't just removing last night's popcorn, but also adding a fantastic bracelet to your collection!

Each method is a showstopper, proving you don't need a jeweler's fancy tools to measure your wrist - just a bit of everyday ingenuity!

And isn't that the core of brilliant fashion? 

Now, go forth, measure, and let the world be your runway!

How to Measure for a Non-Expandable Bracelet

Non-expandable (non-flexible) bracelets are like your favorite pair of jeans - a perfect fit makes all the difference! 

They need to be the Goldilocks of jewelry, not too tight or loose, but just right. You're halfway there once you've done your soft tape, paper strip, or floss trick.

We mean, who wouldn’t want this Gabriel Pave Two Row Diamond Bangle to fit to perfection?

Now, you should add an extra inch to your measurement to make room for comfort and the occasional indulgent dessert (we've all been there).

Imagine that extra inch as a bonus scoop of ice cream on your sundae - it gives you the comfort and wiggle room you need.

Then, when choosing your bracelet, look for the one that corresponds with your final measurement. 

Here’s a little taster of a non-expandable bracelet that might be just what you’re looking for:

Ben Garelick 14K White Gold Two Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Voila, you're the proud new owner of a non-expandable bracelet that fits like a dream and doesn’t cut off your circulation!

How to Measure for an Expandable Bracelet

Expandable or flexible bracelets, as they’re often referred to, are the rebels of the bracelet world.

They scoff in the face of precise measurements, which make life easier for all of us.

You could almost say they're the stretchy waistbands of the jewelry universe.

Oh, and guys - we haven’t forgotten about you either! Bracelets for men, or anyone, for that matter, are all the rage these days.

Your wrists might be a little wider than a woman's, but then it’s hard to find two people with the EXACT same wrist measurements anyway!

Just follow all these same tricks to find your wrist size, and off you go to buy yourself a pretty sweet new bracelet.

And if you DO find someone with the exact same wrist size, you can buy matching bracelets and be bracelet buddies like Joey and Chandler from Friends!

Take your trusty wrist measurement and add half an inch to an inch for that beautiful breathing room.

The beauty of expandable bracelets is that they’re quite forgiving - like your favorite comfort food after a tough day. They stretch and adapt to your wrist, making for an unbeatable combination of style and comfort.

We’d sure feel comfortable with this Simon G. Textured Gold and Diamond Bangle Bracelet adorned our wrist.

Round Up to the Nearest Half Inch / Full Inch After You Measure

Alright, let’s say your wrist measurement is playing hard to get and has landed on an awkward number - 6.3 inches, for instance.

No, you don’t need to go hunting for a bracelet of that exact size; that would be like trying to find a single lost earring in your messy drawer.

Instead, we round up. Stay put if your measurement is within 0.1 to 0.4 of the next size.

However, if it's 0.5 or above, go ahead and upgrade to the next half or full inch.

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Consider it your wrist's personal growth forecast or the fashion equivalent of being upgraded to first class.

By rounding up, you're ensuring comfort, style, and a bracelet that won’t try to wrestle your hand whenever you wear it. 

Happy measuring, fashion aficionados!

Braced for Perfection

So there we have it, your roadmap to the exciting territory of perfect bracelet sizing! 

We've sailed through the sea of soft measuring tapes, navigated the paper strip jungle, and even conquered the surprising terrain of dental floss measurements.

We've learned to add a comfort inch for non-expandable bracelets and to embrace the flexibility of their more rebellious expandable cousins.

We also learned when to hold our ground and when to round up our measurements like a cowboy at a rodeo. 

Now you’re equipped with all the tools you need to find that perfect fit, all from the comfort of your home.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Grab that tape, paper, or floss and get measuring! 

Your dream bracelet is out there, waiting to be perfectly fitted on your fabulous wrist. 

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby?

Not to worry - chat with our jewelry experts online 24/7, call us on (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966. Let’s find you the perfect bracelet to fit!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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