It’s fun to go into a jewelry store and look around at all the shiny rings, bracelets and necklaces. It’s easy to select the perfect fit because you can try on as many sizes as you’d like to make sure the necklace hits just the right place, the bracelet isn’t too lose, or the ring slips perfectly over your knuckle. You may begin to wear thin on the attendant’s nerves, but you still can.

What do you do when you want to order jewelry online, though? Here are a few tips on how to measure for the perfect jewelry fit.

Measuring options for you

In order to measure your neck, wrist, or finger, simply start out with either a string or a thin strip of paper. Olive Yew prefers a string since it can wrap easier and isn’t as stiff as paper.

Wrap the string around your finger, necklace or wrist and mark the spot where the string meets with a pen. Then, lay the string flat on a ruler to get the exact measurement. It isn’t rocket science.

Necklaces

There are a few things to consider when looking for the right necklace length. Obviously, a thicker or thinner neck will depend on where the necklace will lay on your chest. Your height should also be a consideration when choosing a necklace length.

If your height is below 5’4”, a length between 16 and 20 inches will be the most complimentary as it will elongate your torso. For heights between 5’4” and 5”7”, any length looks great. Lucky you! If you are taller than 5’7”, a longer length will look best to accentuate your height.

Chain Lengths

Standard necklace lengths are:

  • Choker: 16 inches
  • Princess: 17 – 19 inches (lays just below collarbone)
  • Matinee: 20 -24 inches (lays further below collarbone)
  • Opra: 28 – 34 inches

Rings

Measuring for a ring can be a little trickier. No one likes the feeling of ripping off the knuckle when putting on or taking off a ring. Since you must account for your knuckle while measuring, do not wrap your measuring string or paper too tightly around your finger. Make sure you can slide the string over your knuckle before making your measurement mark. Your knuckle will thank you for this.

Below is a chart that shows equivalent ring sizes to measurements in inches and millimeters.

Ring Size Inches MM
4 1 13/16 46.5
4 1/2 1 7/8 47.8
5 1 15/16 49
5 1/2 2 50.3
6 2  1/16 51.5
6 1/2 2 1/8 52.8
7 2  3/16 54
7 1/2 2 1/4 55.3
8 2  5/16 56.6
8 1/2 2 3/8 57.6
9 2  7/16 59.1
9 1/2 2 1/2 60.3
10 2  9/16 61.6
10 1/2 2 5/8 62.8
11 2 11/16 64.1

 

Bracelets

When measuring you wrist, wrap the string just above the wrist bone (towards the elbow). Luckily bracelet sizes come in a wide range. Some people prefer a snug fit, while others prefer loose. 

For a close fitting bracelet, you’ll want to add ¼ to ½ inch to your wrist measurement. For a looser and more comfortable fit, add ¾ to 1 inch to your wrist measurement.

  • Petite: 7 inches
  • Medium: 7 ½ inches
  • Large: 8 ½ inches
  • Plus Size: 9 inches
  • Ankle Bracelet: 9 ½ – 10 inches

When ordering a bangle bracelet, choose one that is double the size of your wrist measurement – or as close to that as possible for maximum comfort. 

Purchasing the appropriate size of a ring, bracelet or necklace to fit your body can mean the difference between wearing the perfect piece anytime with comfort to just wearing it once. It doesn’t matter how much you like a piece of jewelry, if it isn’t comfortable, you won’t wear it.

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Use these measuring tips when ordering from Olive Yew’s many necklaces, rings and bracelets! Also, check out our jewelry cleaning tips in a recent blog to make sure your pieces last a lifetime.

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