Bracelet Sizes Guide

© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved.

Helpful guidelines for bracelet sizes when you’re making jewelry.

Also, see my tips below for making them fit better, and for making designs that fit most people’s wrists.

Women’s Bracelet Sizes

Most Common: 7 inches (17.8 cm)

Average: 6.5 – 8 inches (16.5 – 20.3 cm)

Size Range: 5 – 10 inches (12.7 – 25.4 cm) (in my experience)

Ankle Bracelet Sizes

Most Common: 9 inches (22.0 cm)

Average: 9 – 10 inches (22.9 – 25.4 cm)

Size Range: 8 – 11 inches (16.5 – 27.9 cm) (in my experience)

Men’s Bracelet Sizes

Most Common: 8 inches (20.3 cm)

Average: 8 – 9 inches (20.3 – 22.9 cm)

Size Range: 7.5 – 10.5 inches (19.0 – 26.7 cm) (in my experience)

Tips for Making
Clasp Bracelets That Fit

  1. Wrap a flexible tape measure snugly (but not tightly) around the part of the wrist where you intend to wear the bracelet. Write down the inches or cm you’ve just measured.
  2. Add 1 inch (2.5 cm) to come up with the total length of your bracelet, from end to end, including the clasp. If you’ll be using small beads or components, you’re done – that’s your bracelet size!
  3. If you’re using bulky beads (such as 10 mm rounds) all the way around the bracelet, you’ll need to add a little extra to your total length. (Big beads take up extra space on the inside of the bracelet when it’s fastened on your wrist, making it uncomfortably tight unless you allow extra length to make up for their bulk.)

    So if you’re using chunky beads, measure the diameter of one of the bulky beads, straight across from hole to hole. Multiply this number by 3, and add it to the bracelet length you had at the end of step 2. That’s your new total bracelet length to accommodate the chunky beads in your design.

Making
“One Size Fits Most People” Bracelets

You don’t always get to measure the wrist of the person who will wind up wearing your bracelet.

So if you’re making bracelets to sell at shows or home parties, or for a surprise gift for someone special, you may prefer to make designs that can comfortably fit a variety of wrist sizes.

Here are some ideas for making “one-size-fits-most” bracelets:

  • leather, hemp, or waxed cotton cord bracelet with sliding knots
  • adjustable closure (such as an extender chain) that allows the wearer to choose the most comfortable length
  • stretch bracelet with elastic cord
  • C-shaped cuff bracelet that expands and contracts to wrap comfortably around the wrist
  • memory wire

Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Great guides, thanks for sharing.

  2. Alice T says:

    I love these helpful and useful instructions. Some of my bracelets were too big because I didn’t know what size to go with. Now, I do. Thank you.

  3. Thanks for those fab tips Rena..especially about how to measure for using those big beads!

  4. Virginia Donald says:

    Thanks Rena for these tips especially for mens bracelet sizes.

  5. You’re very welcome! I wish you all the best as you create great-fitting bracelets! :)

  6. The sizing information came at a great time as I’m making bracelets for my sister and 2 nieces and I wasn’t quite sure how long or short the elastic should be. Do I need to add more length if the bracelet has larger beads? The beads are in a tube shape plus I have 6 square letter beads and a couple of charms.

    Thanks for sharing the information and for your wonderful website.

  7. You’re welcome, Susan! :) I’m sure your sister and nieces will be delighted with their bracelets.

    Regarding whether to add more elastic length if the bracelet has larger beads:

    In the post above, the info under “Tips for Making Clasp Bracelets That Fit” – step 3 that talks about using bulky beads also applies to stretchy bracelets. If the beads are taking up more room on the inside of the bracelet because of their size, then the elastic bracelet should be longer to compensate for that.

  8. Hayley Ashford-bown says:

    Hi I am looking for some sizes hope you can help.
    1st bangles sizes for women med and large and the same for men
    2nd cuff size general one for women and one for men
    3rd Choker sizes average for women and a large for women
    4th Collar sizes average for women and a large for women.

    Hope someone can help.
    I need these as I am introducing some new styles of jewellery to my work.
    Thanks Hayley

  9. Susan M says:

    Hi,

    I have questions regarding using elastic. How do you tie it off? Do I need to add a clasp?

    On another note,
    Yesterday, while I was out to lunch I saw a woman wearing wonderful earrings. When I spoke w/her she told me about them and I asked how she made them and the answer is take rose petals and dry them flat, placing the petals in a book. Once they were dry she had them hard laminated. She cut out the petals making sure to leave space around the petals. She then attached a couple of beads and had a new pair of pierced earrings. I thought this was an easy way to add diversity to earrings and a way to remember a special bouquet plus the choice of colors and shapes is unlimited. I asked her if I could share her idea and she said yes.

  10. Hi Susan!
    Here are two posts with tips on tying off bracelet elastic:
    Stretch Bracelets – How Do You Hide the Knot?
    Toggle Clasps vs. Elastic for One-Size-Fits-Most Bracelets?
    I hope you find the info you need there. :)

    Also, thanks for sharing the interesting story about the lady uses laminated rose petals – what a lovely idea for jewelry, especially for Mother’s Day or weddings!

  11. Sheila Meador says:

    This is great information. Thank you so much! I’ve learned a lot from everyone on this blog.

  12. Thank you so much, Sheila! :)

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