Size it!

JEWELRY SIZES

 

RINGS

 

There are several different ways to size yourself for a pretty new ring…. all listed below.  A few things to keep in mind before measuring:

Be aware that our fingers fluctuate in size throughout the day depending on fluid retention; typically they are larger after exercise and at the end of the day. Measuring at the end of the day (at room temperature) will probably result in the most comfortable size.

If your knuckle is larger than the root of your finger, measure both the base of your finger and the knuckle.  Select the largest size between the two that you are comfortable sliding over the knuckle.

If you are between sizes, order the larger size.  

Go up one size from your measurement if the ring you are looking at is: 

  • A wide band ring or double band ring
  • A set of stacking rings 

These tend to fit tighter, usually a half to full size tighter, than normal rings, so order a size larger than your usual ring size (i.e.: if you wear a 7, a wide band ring should be an 8 to fit you comfortably.)

1) Probably the easiest and most accurate measurement method is to use a ring sizer set….a set of plastic rings ranging in half-size increments.  Try them until finding the most comfortable fit that slides on and off easily.  If jewelry and rings are your thing, it’s a handy little tool to have and here’s a LINK to get one.

 2) If you have an existing ring of the size you want, you can figure out the size HERE .  You’ll need the existing ring and a card of some sort, merely to set the measurement scale.  The end result will tell you the size of your existing ring by matching it up to sized circles on your screen.

3) If measuring your finger is the only way to go, try this handy little tool.  

  • Print the sizer below….
  • Using a ruler make sure the area marked = 3.5” otherwise it will not be accurate.
  • Cut the sizer out
  • Cut a slit on the “read size here” line
  • Wrap around your finger, pulling the numbered end of the sizer through the slit you cut
  • Read the last number through the slit and that is your size. 

 

(If printing proves difficult, you can buy a version HERE

 

4) Or, you can measure your finger with a string or thin piece of paper.

  • Take the strip of paper or string and wrap it around the base of your finger below the knuckle (where you would wear a ring).
  • Mark the spot where the paper overlaps and meets
  • Measure the distance with a ruler and use the chart below to find your ring size
  • If your measurement is between sizes, then you're a half size.

 


 

 

BRACELET SIZES

Using a flexible tape, thin strip of paper or string to measure, wrap completely and comfortably around your wrist where the bracelet will be worn. Then measure against a ruler to find the correct size in inches.  

If you are buying a bangle bracelet (no clasp or opening), loosely wrap the measuring tape around your knuckles. Add approximately add 3/4 inch to 1-inch to the measurement. Then measure against a ruler to find the correct size.

These are the sizes to share with me….depending on the bracelet there are formulas that start with these sizes.

Be advised that most cuff bracelets can be opened or closed approximately a half size to get a good size fit. However, they should not be opened, closed, bent on and off or manipulated too often to avoid damage. Bending a cuff bracelet can cause it to develop a crack, which cannot be repaired. 

 

NECKLACE SIZES

 

Women’s Necklace Sizes:

 

  • 12-14 inches -COLLAR (30-35CM)
  • 14-16 inches – CHOKER At the collarbone (30-40CM)
  • 15-18 inches - NECKWIRE (37.5 - 45CM)
  • 16-18 inches – PENDANT Just below or at the collarbone (40-45CM)
  • 20 -25 inches –MATINEE A (50-62.5CM)
      • 22 inches – At or above the neckline
      • 24 inches – Below the neckline
  • 28-34 inches - OPERA (70-85CM)

 

Men’s Chain Sizes:

  • 16 -18 inches – CHOKER: Base of the neck (for smaller neck sizes) (40-45CM)
  • 18-20 inches –  SHORT: To the collarbone (45-50CM)
  • 22 inches – MEDIUM: A few inches below the collarbone (55CM)
  • 24 inches – LONG: Just above the sternum (60CM)

 

  • Necklace lengths are measured from the hollow at the base of the throat. If your neck measurement is 13 inches, then a 16-inch necklace will drape about one and one half inches below the base of the throat. 
  • It is typical to allow one half inch of drape per each inch of necklace length.
  • A necklace defines an area: 
    • Shorter necklaces will draw attention to a woman’s face.
    • Longer necklaces will direct the eyes to your chest. 
  • Choose the next length up for larger necks.  
  • Heavier pendants will pull light chain necklaces down about 1/4”.
  • Of course, if you are customizing your pendant it can be any length you like!