Buying jewelry online opens up an enormous selection to choose from, but some people hesitate due to inability to try jewelry on. Some simple sizing techniques can give you the reassurance needed to purchase that coveted piece of jewelry without hesitation.
An important consideration to bear in mind is that necklaces fall to a different length based on the size of the woman. What might be a choker on a medium sized woman could be a short necklace on a petite woman or teen, or be tightly fitting on a plus sized woman. The same holds true for unisex necklaces, which will fall differently on men and women. Typical expectations for a variety of sizes are depicted below.
Necklaces are typically sold in the following lengths.
Fits most like a choker. Would be a good choice for a first necklace for a child old enough to responsibly wear a necklace. This length would likely be too small for most large women or most men.
Falls around the base of the neck like a collar. On a petite woman it will hit your collarbone. For plus sized women or men it could work well as a choker.
A common choice for women that will fall just below the throat at the collarbone. This length is popular for adding pendants which will hang over a crew neck. A larger woman might prefer a size larger for this effect.
On average sized men, this length falls just around the base of the neck. Popular for beaded necklaces so they can sit above a crew neck t-shirt.
Will fall a few inches below the collarbone of a medium sized woman and allow a little more breathing room. Perfect for a low, plunging neckline or if you want to wear it over a turtleneck.
This is a common length for men, falling right at the collarbone. Pendants will hide under a crew neck or show completely with a low v-neck or unbuttoned shirt.
Will hang at the top of the bust. This is a nice sized pendant, chain or strand necklace for a plus sized woman.
On men, falls a few inches below a collar bone and can be worn over or under a shirt. This is a common length for mens’ chains because they offer more breathing room.
Sits around the centre of the bust. A nice length for a unique necklace or one with a statement pendant.
On men this size is extra long and is commonly used to keep religious or meaningful pendants under the shirt and closer to the heart. Falls just above the sternum.
36″ + Necklace
Common with pearl strands and will hang below the bosom. Necklaces 36″ or longer may be able to be wrapped around the neck for an optional layered look.
To find your perfect bracelet size, measure your wrist just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you don’t have a flexible tape measure just use a string, shoelace or strip of paper and a ruler.
Once you have this measurement, simply add the following depending on desired fit:
Add 1/4″ to 1/2″ – best for delicate bracelets with thin chains
Add 3/4″ to 1″ – good for most bracelets
Add 1 1/4″ – best for large or thick cuff bangles
Typical bracelet sizes are:
- Small 6.5 inch
- Average 7 inch (most common size)
- Large 7.5 – 8 inch
- XLarge 8.5+ inch
- Anklets 9″
- Small 7.5-8″
- Medium 8″-9″
- Large 9-10″
- XL 10-10.5″
- Newborn 3.5-4″
- 3-6 months 4.25-4.5″
- 6-12 months 4.75″
- 12-24 months 5″
- 2-3 years 5-5.5″
- 4-5 years 5.75″
- 6-7 years 6″
- 8-9 years 6.25″
- 10-13 years 6-7″
1. Close your fingers together and bring your thumb to your little finger, positioned as though you were putting on a bangle.
2. Using a strip of paper or tape measurements, wrap it around your hand at the widest point. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen on that paper. Then measure that paper strip with a ruler. That would be the circumference of your hand.
3. Compare your hand circumference to the chart below. Purchase a bangle with diameter that is the next size up from your actual hand measurement.
Typical womens’ bangle sizes are:
- Small > 6.75″
- Medium 7.25″
- Large 7.75″
- xL 8.25″
If you’re not sure what your ring size is, you can try measuring it.
1. Cut a thin strip of paper or a piece of string.
2. Wrap it around your finger below the joint of your finger and close to your knuckle.
3. Mark the spot where the paper or string meets, and measure the distance with your ruler.
Use the following chart to determine your ring size. Half sizes fall between.
- Size 4: 1 13/16″
- Size 5: 1 15/16″
- Size 6: 2 1/16″
- Size 7: 2 1/8″
- Size 8: 2 1/4″
- Size 9: 2 5/16″
- Size 10: 2 7/16″
- Size 11: 2 9/16″
- Size 12: 2 5/8″
- Size 13: 2 3/4″
- Size 14: 2 7/8″