Thursday, June 26, 2008

US Bracelet sizes

Bracelets come in different lengths, based on their construction and their uses:

In the US, a thin link bracelet or chain bracelet is:
6” (15 cm) for a tween- or teenager’s wrist
7” (17.8 cm) for an average woman’s wrist
8” (20.3 cm) for an average man’s wrist or for a woman with a larger wrist
9” (22.5 cm) for a man with a larger wrist

For a thick bracelet or a bracelet that closes with a large toggle, add 1” (2-3 cm) to the above.

Closed stretch bracelets should be the same length when worn, but they need to stretch for up to twice that length so that you can put them on. If buying a stretch bracelet without being able to try it on first, make sure you find out how much does it stretch without damage first.

Cuff bracelets are more difficult to measure, but not impossible, if you have a flexible tape measure handy. Just fit the tape to the inside of the cuff (not the outside) and the lengths should measure as above or 0.25”- 0.5” (1 cm) less. If the cuff is completely rigid, do not go more than 0.5” under, or it won’t fit.

If you do not have a tape measure handy and you only have a ruler, measure the two diameters of an oval cuff bracelet, again, from the inside.
Small cuff : 2” x 2.5” (5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Large cuff: 2.25” x 2.75” (5.5 cm x 7 cm)
Men’s cuff: 2.75”x 3” (7 cm x 7.5 cm)

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