Sizing to Fit
Measure Is as Measure Does
It is important to measure properly to find the correct treasure for yourself or for others. When I first began making jewelry, I measured to fit on myself, not understanding the wide range of average sizes. I learned at my first show when many of my items would not fit several people of average size that I really needed to figure out how to size properly!
Here are a couple of guidelines to help you to get the right jewelry in the right size! Remember these are approximate for necklaces; to be certain you would need to measure from the middle back of your neck, where the clasp may lay and down one side for the length you would like it to be, then double the number. Taking into account that any larger beads around the neck will raise the length, and a pendant would drag the full length taught and may lower the length…
Let’s begin with Necklace Sizing…now this is important because first, of course men and women sizes in the same length will ‘land’ in different places on the chest. With this in mind, it’s important to note the actual circumference of your neck (say if you were wearing a choker) if it is 13″ (as a woman) the sizing images below will be just about right for you, if you are smaller or lager, that will need to be taken into account.
For those of the male persuasion, often the neck is not quite as thin, and therefore sizes, although the same in inches, fall in different sections of the body.
Ring size can be determined by:
- placing a ring that fits you on a professional ring sizing mandrel
- placing your finger in a professional ring sizing tool
- finding an approximate fit with a ring size chart for your finger
- finding an approximate fit with a ring size chart for rings
Remember to measure your finger at room temperature as well as both the heat and cold can cause your fingers to swell or constrict. We have given useful information below including a free ring sizer and ring size chart that you can print and cut to use and determine your correct ring size.
Printable Ring Sizing Chart
In order to print the ring sizer above, be sure that your printer is set to 100%. Make sure that you have not reduced the print size in your printer ‘page setup’ area. You can verify that the sizer printed correctly by measuring it with a ruler; it should measure from A to B: 3 1/2 inches long.
Once you have printed the sizer, follow these directions to find your ring size:
- Cut out the ring sizer
- Cut a slit for Slot “A”
- With the numbers facing out, wrap the sizer around the finger where the ring will be worn.
- Pull the pointed end Tab “B” through Slot “A” until the sizer is snug, making sure to allow size for the knuckle.
- The number aligned with Slot “B” is your ring size.
- If the measure lands between two numbers your size is a half size Ex: Between 5 and 6 ring size: 5.5. If half sizes are not available, order the next largest size.
NOTES: Be certain to allow for the size of your knuckles, do not simply wrap the sizer around the ring place, please attempt to pull it on and off.
Ring Measurement Chart
Print out the chart below. Make certain that you print at 100% for proper sizing. Then place a current ring that you know fits on the chart to help you determine your size.
All of these charts work the same with sizing a woman or a man.
Printable PDFs with all Charts:
The very best way to have your ring size determined is by a jeweler with a plastic or metal ring sizer that you try on. Shimmerlings does carry this type of sizer and if you see JeaneMargherite at a show, she would be happy to help size your proper size!
Size to IN & MM
Cut a piece of paper or string wrap it around the finger you would like sized, mark where it is most comfortable and then lie it flat on the ring sizing chart or simply measure it with a ruler. This will also give you a nice approximate size for your ring using the chart below.
|1.5||40.2 / 1.580|
|2||41.5 / 1.634|
|2.5||42.7 / 1.684|
|3||44.0 / 1.739|
|3.5||45.2 / 1.788|
|4||46.5 / 1.836|
|4.5||47.8 / 1.888|
|5||49.0 / 1.941|
|5.5||50.2 / 1.992|
|6||51.5 / 2.042|
|6.5||52.8 / 2.092|
|7||54.0 / 2.146|
|7.5||55.3 / 2.196|
|8||56.6 / 2.249|
|8.5||57.8 / 2.300|
|9||59.1 / 2.350|
|9.5||60.3 / 2.400|
|10||61.6 / 2.463|
|10.5||62.8 / 2.504|
|11||64.1 / 2.567|
|11.5||66.0 / 2.608|
|12||67.3 / 2.658|
Many places size bracelets in a Small, Medium, Large…type of manner; in general the sizes are as follows:
Petite – 7″
Medium – 7-1/2″-8″
Large – 8-1/2″
Plus size – 9″
Ankle bracelet* – 9-1/2″-10″
*Anklets usually include a 1″-2″ extension.
Plus size 9-1/2″
At Shimmerlings, we place our bracelets on a measuring cone to determine the length, we see this as the most accurate as it automatically takes into account the size of beads. When possible we add a small area/links to change the clasp location to allow for a slight adjustment.
The way that you go about measuring your wrist to find your size is easy enough, just a few things need to be kept in mind… if it’s a beaded or bangle bracelet, if if will need to go around your full hand or just clasped on…with those things in mind you should be able to easily find the right size bracelet treasure from Shimmerlings!
Step 1: HOW TO FIND YOUR ACCURATE BRACELET SIZE
1: Measure wrist below the wrist bone (where you would normally wear your bracelet) using a bracelet gauge, a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper.
2: If using a plain strip of paper, mark your strip with a pen where the end of the bracelet needs to be. Then measure the paper strip with a ruler. This is your wrist size.
3: To find your bracelet size, increase the wrist measurement by the increment below, based on how you want the bracelet to fit.
a snug fit, add 1/4″ to 1/2″.
a comfort fit, add 3/4″ to 1″.
a loose fit, add 1-1/4″.
Step 2: DETERMINE YOUR BANGLE BRACELET SIZE
1: Ask your customer to close her fingers together, bringing her thumb and little finger together (as though putting on a bangle).
2: Using a strip of paper or tape measure, measure around the closed hand at the widest point, pulling the tape snug against the skin. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark the paper with a pen, then measure the strip with a ruler. This is the circumference of your hand.
3: Find the hand circumference on the table below. Create (or choose) a bangle with a diameter at least 1/4″ larger than the diameter shown below.
CONVERTING CIRCUMFERENCE TO DIAMETER (SIZE)
7-1/2″ is approx. 2-3/8″ dia. (small)
8-1/4″ is approx. 2-5/8″ dia. (medium)
8-5/8″ is approx. 2-3/4″ dia. (large)
Many often measure earrings from the end of the ear wire, which can cause some confusion when it isn’t certain how long the ear wire is.
At Shimmerlings we measure all of our earrings from the piercing hole, in an attempt to eliminate confusion. Therefore when we mark the size/length of an earring, you may simply measure from your piercing to see how long it will be on you.
If there is another measurement noted as “dangle” it would be the length from the end of the ear wire, that would only be in the case of an unusual ear wire of some kind.
We are of course here if you have any questions what-so-ever about size, length or fit.