Bracelet Sizes Guide

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Bracelet Sizes Guide - Jewelry Making Journal

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.

“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

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  • Anita Ang says:

    Great guides, thanks for sharing.

  • 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.

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

  • Virginia Donald says:

    Thanks Rena for these tips especially for mens bracelet sizes.

  • You’re very welcome! I wish you all the best as you create great-fitting bracelets! πŸ™‚

  • Susan M says:

    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.

  • You’re welcome, Susan! πŸ™‚ 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.

  • 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

  • Susan M says:


    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.

  • 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. πŸ™‚

    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!

  • Sheila Meador says:

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

  • Thank you so much, Sheila! πŸ™‚

  • Cherie A says:

    Hi Rena,
    I’m wanting to sell ready made beaded barefoot sandals at markets. How do I work out what foot sizes to use, for small, medium and large. To have an assortment of sizes already made up.
    Can you help?
    Thankyou. Bye for now.

  • Hi Cherie, you might want to go to a shoe store and ask what are the most common shoe sizes. Then work from there to translate those popular shoe sizes into your small, medium, large barefoot sandal sizes.

  • VERY helpful! Thank you for posting this!

  • Simbel says:

    How many inches would you suggest a stretch bracelet should be for a 4-5 year old girl. Small framed, petite.

  • Carol Breslin says:

    I find sizing the bracelet, even for myself, incredibly difficult. The clasp might be a toggle, or it might be a lobster, or it might be a bead; these variables seem to make it crazy for me. I recently made a multi strand seed bead bracelet, easy right? But it turned out too big by the time I added the crimp beads and the jump rings and then connected them with a slightly larger jump ring, and then added a toggle clasp. Measuring it afterwards, I see it turned out to be 8 inches from one end of the clasp to the other. Also toggle clasps can be very different sizes. Does this make a difference to the finished product?
    1.Can you list all the variables a person has to consider when sizing a bracelet?
    2. Can you discuss what changes a person should make if using a toggle, a lobster, a bead with loop?
    Thanks, Carol


  • Marilyn B. says:

    To answer Carol’s question about the length of bracelets depending on whether you are using a toggle, lobster, or a bead with a loop: If using a toggle or lobster clasp, hook the toggle or lobster to its ring and place them down on a flat surface and measure the length. Next, keep in mind if you are going to end up covering up one row of beads to attach the clasp. So if your clasp length is 1.25 inches and you are making a 7.5 inch bracelet, make your bracelet 6.25 inches of beading plus the extra row of beading. If you are using a bead with a loop, it depends on what size bead you are using, so measure the bead’s diameter and add to that the extra length needed to make your loop (depends on your pattern – so you could make a test loop to see how much longer it would make your bracelet), then subtract the total for the bead and loop from the total length of your bracelet in order to find how long your beading needs to be.

    No matter how you end up finishing off your bracelet, you can just subtract the length of your clasp from the length you want your bracelet to be in order to determine the length your beading should be.

  • JBH says:

    What wonderful and important information. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jean, thanks for your lovely comment! πŸ™‚

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  • Elena says:

    Hello, and thank you so very much for the info! Originally, I come from a cold EU country, closer to North, called Lithuania. Now, I live in Japan, and back home my 14 cm (5.5 inches) wrists were a bit on a smaller side, while in Japan it’s probably around medium size. I had no idea that (I assume in the USA) female wrist in medium size measured whole 7 inches! Now I get it. My jewelry as is, at the moment is perfect for the Japanese market. However, I do have a lot of visitors in my Etsy shop from the USA, and I specified that size can be enlarged per request. Should I just put in options to select before buying listing the sizes that I think I should offer? As an expert in jewelry online business, what do you think? I’m just starting out in an international space such as Etsy, and it seems while of course, it’s impossible to satisfy each and every taste/need, I’d like that more people would see the jewelry I make as suitable for them (by sizing is also a very important point).

  • Elena, If it were me, I would prefer to have just a few sizes, and have each size adjustable. For example, you might have small adjustable, medium adjustable, and large adjustable.

  • Diete says:

    Does your β€œmost common” size mean end to end, including clasp and jump rings?

  • Hi Diete, it depends on the size of the beads – large beads can take up more space inside the bracelet. See the “Tips for Making Clasp Bracelets That Fit” above. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly J Paquet says:

    This is just what I needed. Thank you.

  • Daisy says:

    Thank you for the excellent guide

  • My pleasure, Daisy! πŸ™‚

  • Karen says:

    I am making elastic bracelets so how many inches do I need?

  • Jane S. says:

    Iam struggling to determine memorywire sizing….. looking for average female adult.


  • Kimberly Bishop says:

    I am trying to figure out how much cord I will need to START with to make an adjustable 9″ anklet…how many inches do I add to the 9″ so I can still have 9″‘s to fit around an ankle? I am using the square knots on either side of a larger focal bead…I have tried different lengths (math has NEVER been my strong suit! Lol) & really can’t afford to waste the wax cording!
    Thank you so much, in advance, for your help!

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