How To Measure Wrist For Bracelet? Here’s The Full Answer

Last Updated on December 30, 2023

The most common way to measure a wrist for a bracelet is to use a tape measure wrapped around where you should normally wear the bracelet.

If you do not have a tape measure, you can also use a piece of ribbon or cord and then measure its length against a ruler.

For comfort fit bracelets, it is best to add a little bit of extra room when measuring your wrist for about two centimeters. This will ensure that the bracelet does not feel too tight on your wrist and can be easily taken off if needed.

If you have any questions or would like help finding the perfect bracelet for your wrist, scroll down to the bottom of this page as we answer the following questions:

  • How do I measure my wrist size?
  • How to measure the wrist for the bracelet without measuring tape?
  • What is the average wrist size for a bracelet?
  • What bracelet size to get?


How To Measure Wrist For Bracelet?

Measuring your wrist for a bracelet is a fairly simple process, and all you need to have is a tape measure.

To start, rotate your forearm so that your palm faces upward with your hand wide open. This way, you can easily find the widest part of your wrist. Take note not to inwardly rotate your wrist or close your hand as it will make the measurement inaccurate.

Then, place the tip of the measuring tape in the middle of your wrist width and wrap it around your wrist until it meets the other end of the measuring tape. Make sure to keep the tape measure snug against your skin, and don’t let it slack.

Finally, read the measurement and compare it to the bracelet size chart to find your corresponding bracelet size. Most bracelets are available in small, medium, and large sizes, but some brands may have their own sizing. Nonetheless, inches and centimeters are both provided on the bracelet size chart.

You may leave a two-centimeter allowance for a comfortable fit. However, if you prefer a loose fit, you can adjust the measurement slightly to add a few more centimeters. On the other hand, if you want a more snug fit, you can subtract a few centimeters from the measurement.

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How To Measure The Wrist For The Bracelet Without Measuring Tape?

If the tape measure is not readily available, you can also use a piece of ribbon or cord and measure its length against a ruler.

Other materials can also be used, such as fabric string, twist tie typically used in gardening, or even a piece of paper.

The fabric string would be an ideal material to use because it is soft and flexible that you can conveniently wrap it around your wrist. Garden twist ties are also a good option, however, there might be a slight difference in the actual size because of the thickness of the material. Lastly, a piece of paper is the commonly used alternative when no other material is readily available. It is flexible enough to wrap around your wrist and easily measured against a ruler.

Once you have your material, follow the same instructions listed above. Make sure to mark where the two pieces meet. Then use a ruler to measure the length against the markings that you made on the material. This will give you the circumference of your wrist.

Once you have obtained the measurement, convert it into inches or centimeters. Then, match this up with the corresponding size on the bracelet size chart. As long as the material is not too thick or thin, this makeshift method should give you a reasonably accurate reading.

What Is The Average Wrist Size For A Bracelet?

Depending on the size of your hand, the average wrist size for a bracelet will vary.

However, as a general rule, women’s wrists tend to be smaller and range from around 6.5 to 7 inches in circumference. This translates to a size range of 16.51 to 17.78 cm.

The average wrist size is generally larger for men and ranges from around 8 to 8.5 inches in circumference or 20.32 cm to 21.59 cm.

What Bracelet Size To Get?

Once you have measured your wrist, it is essential to find the corresponding size on the bracelet size chart.

For women, bracelet sizes range from extra small to large, with a circumference of 6.5 inches as the smallest and 8.5 inches as the largest.

Men’s bracelets have a size range of small to large. Small size bracelets have a circumference of 8 inches, the medium size is 8.5 inches, and the large size has a circumference of 9 inches.

Some brands may deviate from the standard sizes listed above, so it is important to check the bracelet size chart before purchasing.

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.