How to measure your wrist

How to Measure Your Wrist for a Perfect Fit Bracelet

Bracelets are great accessories to add to your collection. Its origin can be traced way back to 40,000 BP. The word bracelet is from the Greek word “brachile” meaning “of the arm”. Materials used in ancient bracelets are bones, stones, animal teeth and wood. Bracelets were believed to serve religious and spiritual interest in some cultures, while a class symbol for others. A very famous bracelet in history is the Scarab Bracelet which is one of the most renowned symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab bracelet represented rebirth and restoration for the Egyptians.

The trick with having the perfect bracelet is its fit, making sure it’s loose enough to move and dangle nicely on top of your hand while tight enough for it not to fall off your hand. Ordering bracelets most especially online is much easier if you have the right wrist size. So we’ve come up with a blog that has easy instructions on how to measure your wrist properly and ensure a great fitting bracelet.

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For a regular chain bracelet or bracelets with locks

  1. You’ll need any of these three to measure your wrist. Prepare a flexible measuring tape, a string, or a strip of paper enough to go around your wrist. 
  2. Using your measuring tool, measure just above your wrist bone by wrapping the measuring tape or paper around it.
  3. Some suggest that, for charm bracelets or other types of bracelets that you want draping across the top of your hand, measure the point where your wrist meets your hand and add approximately a half inch allowance to that.  Mark or take note of the part where your measuring tool overlaps. If you’re using a measuring tape, simply add between ¼ inch and 1 inch depending on how tight you like your bracelet to be. Usually people add half an inch (½ inch) to their actual wrist size for a comfortable fit.
  4. To get your wrist measurement if you’re using a strip of paper or string, simply lay it flat on a surface and measure the length from your starting point to the end mark you’ve made, and then add to that measurement your desired inch allowance. 

Don't have a measuring tape?
Use a piece of string to measure your wrist and lay the string back out on a ruler to get your measurement in inches or centimeters.

I suggest that if this is your first time buying bracelets online, after getting your measurement (using the tape measure or strip of paper) try to experiment on various inch allowances and move it around and up and down along your wrist to ensure you’re comfortable. You can do this by wrapping the measured strip of paper or string around your wrist and taping/joining the edges and see if you’re comfortable.

 Here’s a chart for bracelet size conversion in Inches or mm

Tight Wrist Measure (mm)

Tight Wrist Measure (inch)

Bracelet Length (inch)

Bracelet Size (Women & Men) 

150.8 mm 5.9” 6.5” Women XS
160 mm 6.3” 7” Women S
170.1 mm 6.7” 7 .5“

Women M

Mens S

180.34 mm 7.1” 8”

Women L

Mens M

190.5 mm 7.5” 8.5“

Women XL

Mens M

208.2 mm - 215.9 mm 8.2” - 8.5” 9”

Women XL 

Mens L

228.6 mm 9” 9.5“ Mens XL
216 mm - 228.6 mm 8.5” - 9” 9.5”- 10” Anklet Women Adjustable Extension


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