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How to Measure Wrist Size for Bracelet

How to Measure Wrist Size for Bracelets and Watches

Are you someone who loves accessorizing with jewelry, but gets overwhelmed when it comes to measuring your wrist for the perfect bracelet or watch size? Don't fret! Even if you're shopping online, you can easily measure your wrist circumference without any specialized tools.

In this article, we'll guide you through the process of measuring your wrist and finding the perfect bracelet size for you, whether you're using a tape measure or not.

The Most Accurate Way to Measure Wrist Circumference

If you're planning to buy a bracelet, bangle, or watch online, it's important to measure your wrist size accurately. Here's how to measure your wrist for a bracelet or watch using a measuring tape:

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Step 1: Wrap a soft measuring tape around your wrist bone snugly.

Wrap a soft measuring tape around your wrist bone, ensuring that it's not too tight or too loose. It's recommended that you measure several places from your wrist bone to the upper part of your wrist to get an accurate measurement, especially if you plan on wearing stacking bracelets.

Tips: Make a loop with the measuring tape and put your other hand inside the circle. This will save you the trouble of trying to measure your wrist with one hand.

Step 2: Adjust the tape and try different hand positions for an accurate measurement.

Adjust the measuring tape so that it's parallel to the scales and tighten it slightly. Keep in mind that your wrist size may vary slightly depending on whether your hand is open or closed, so try both positions to get an accurate measurement.

Step 3: Add 0.5 cm to 1 cm to your measured wrist size for a comfortable fit.

Adding 0.5 cm to 1 cm to your measured wrist size will ensure that your bracelet or watch fits comfortably without being too tight.

How to Measure Wrist Size without Tape?

No tape? No problem! Here's how you can measure your wrist size without a tape measure or even a ruler, perfect for when you're shopping for bracelets or watches online.

There are other common items that you can use to measure your wrist size accurately, such as yarn, dental floss, shoelace, ribbon, or even a strip of paper. Here's how you can measure your wrist size without a tape measure: 

Step 1: Wrap the item of your choice around your wrist bone.

Step 2: Mark the point where the item overlaps.

Step 3: Straighten the item and measure it against a ruler or any reference item with a known size to determine your wrist size.

Step 4: Add 0.5cm to 1cm to the measured outcome.

The gist of measuring wrist size with or without tape is the same – you need to open and close your hands to get the maximum length, and you also need to mark the distance correctly, whether it is a sheet of paper or a twist-tie.

But what if you don't have a ruler handy? Don't worry, you can still measure your wrist size using common objects as a reference.

Using Common Life Items as a Reference:

  • US driver's license: 8.56 cm x 5.40 cm / 3.375 in x 2.125 in
  • $1 US dollar bill: 6.14 cm x 15.6 cm / 2.61 in x 6.14 in
  • €50 euro note: 7.5 cm x 14.2 cm / 2.95 in x 5.59 in
  • £10 British pound note: 7.4 cm x 13.9 cm / 2.91 in x 5.47 in
  • iPhone 12: Height: 14.67 cm / 5.78 in, Width: 7.15 cm / 2.81 in
  • iPhone 13: Height: 14.78 cm / 5.84 in, Width: 7.14 cm / 2.81 in
  • iPhone 14: Height: 14.78 cm / 5.84 in, Width: 7.14 cm / 2.81 in
  • A4 paper: 21.0 cm x 29.7 cm / 8.27 in x 11.69 in
  • Credit card: 8.56 cm x 5.4 cm or 3.375 in x 2.125 in

If you have trouble converting dimensional units, you can use online conversion tools to help you. 

Using an Online Ruler Tool:

Alternatively, you can use a multilingual version of an online ruler tool that helps you arrive at the exact size visually. These tools are easy to use and can give you accurate measurements without the need for a physical ruler.

Now that you know how to measure your wrist size without a tape measure, you can confidently buy bracelets or watches that fit you perfectly.

Take Time to Consider the Fit / Wearing Effect you Want

When one is in the process of selecting the ideal watch or bracelet, achieving the appropriate wearing effect is of utmost importance. To avoid any undesired consequences, it is vital to note that wrist size refers to the measurement of one's wrist, whereas the product size listed on a size chart is typically the measurement of the product itself. 

When deciding on a bracelet, it's important to consider the fit and the wearing effect you want. Here's how to measure your wrist for a watch or bracelet to ensure the perfect fit.

To determine your size, begin by gauging the circumference of your wrist and typically adding 0.5 to 1 cm to that measurement. This will provide you with the size to search for on the size chart. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, opt for adding a larger size.

  • For those adjustable stretch cord or braided cord bracelets, it is best to select a size that fits snugly on your wrist. This will provide you with the perfect appearance without causing any discomfort.
  • On the contrary, if you are considering a bangle with a metal chain or non-adjustable bracelets, such as leather or buckle bracelets, a slightly looser fit will be more comfortable and prevent the bracelet from being too tight.

By taking the time to consider the fitting that you desire, you can acquire the perfect bracelet that appears exceptional and is comfortable to wear.


Here are some frequently asked questions about how to measure wrist size for bracelets and watches.

  • Can I measure a bracelet I already own and use its size for reference?

Yes, but consider the style of the bracelet as it may affect the accuracy of your measurement.

  • What happens if my wrist measurement isn't an even number?

If your wrist measurement is not a whole or half an inch, round up to the nearest one. For instance, 5.25 inches should be rounded up to 5.3 inches, and then add 0.2 inches to get a bracelet size of 5.5 inches.

  • How can I discreetly give a gift to someone if I don't know their size?

Measure their wrist quietly or provide their height and weight to AWNL's customer service for a recommended size.

Buy a Perfect Bracelet at AWNL

AWNL offers an extensive collection of men's bracelets and women's bracelets with varying size criteria. Refer to our bracelet size chart for accuracy, and consult our customer service for assistance.

Now that you know how to measure your wrist size for a bracelet or watch, you can confidently shop for the perfect accessory at AWNL.

No more worrying about the accuracy of size charts provided by online merchants and the hassle of returns due to incorrect sizing. Shopping for accessories should be a fun and stress-free experience, and we're here to make that happen for you. So, let's get started and find your perfect fit!

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