How To Measure Jewelry Effectively ?!!
Want to measure Jewelry effectively? Here is a Step by Step Guide on Measuring !!
If you are considering purchasing fine gold and diamond jewelry online, there would be one question popping in your head: how to find out whether the size of that particular jewelry you are buying is right or not.
One of the essential parts of jewelry shopping is ensuring you get the jewelry with the perfect measurements.
This is because if you do not know your exact size, your jewelry may end up being the wrong size and be ill-fitting. It would be troublesome to get a new piece or waste time trying to resize it. To give you a helping hand, here are some simple tips and tricks that will help you determine the size of various types of jewelry best suited for you.
For bracelets that have a clasp to open
For this kind of bracelet, all you need to find out is the wrist circumference. Here are a few simple steps to measure your wrist:
1. Hold your arm with your hand relaxed and fingers lightly outstretched.
2. Using your free hand, wrap a soft measuring tape around your wrist. Make sure it’s at the area you want the bracelet to be in.
Make sure not to pull the measuring tape tight, just measure at a comfortable tension. Where the end of the measuring tape meets is the ideal measurement for you.
You can be assured that any bracelet will fit, as long as the bracelet is at least as many centimeters in length or circumference marked by the tape.
Should you not have a flexible measuring tape, you can substitute it with a non-stretchy ribbon or string with the same methods above. However, you will need a pen or marker to mark the area where the beginning of the ribbon intersects with the part wrapped around for your size. Then, lay the ribbon or string flat and measure with a ruler.
To measure your hand for a bangle or expandable bracelet (no clasp)
1. Hold your hand, with fingers outstretched and cupped, like you are about to slide a bracelet over. Your thumb should be tucked in towards the rest of your fingers and palm.
2. Wrap a measuring tape around the widest part of your knuckles. This measurement is what you should know because that indicates the smallest circumference of a bangle or expanded bracelet that fits you perfectly.
Like the previous method, you can substitute with a ribbon or string if you don’t have a flexible measuring tape.
As a guide, here is the bracelet size chart:
|Size||Approximate length measured|
It’s up to you if you want to wear something slightly larger for some “wiggle room”. In this case, it’s recommended to upsize the bracelet by 0.5cm but not more than 1cm.
Measuring necklaces is much easier. After all, if you already have a necklace with the ideal length, all you need to do is lay the chain straight and measure it with a ruler. Otherwise, follow these steps:
1. Drape a piece of string around your neck.
2. Pull it down to a point, similar to how it will look like with a pendant hanging from it.
3. Hold the string where you want the necklace to land on your chest. The pendant will hang below that point, so ensure you are measuring the length you want the chain to be, not the bottom of the whole necklace.
4. Make a mark where the two points intersect and measure with a ruler.
Alternatively, you can measure your neck length for the minimum recommended chain length by using these steps:
1. Wrap a tape measure around your neck, but don’t make it too tight.
2. Make a mark where the tape measure’s beginning touches the measurement.
3. Add 5cm to 10cm to whatever measurement you get. That is the minimum chain length to get for yourself.
However, since there are standard sizes of types of neckwear, such as collars, the minimum length may not apply. In this case, the standard size should be the second size up from your neck size.
For example, if your neck circumference is 43cm, the suitable standard size should be 51cm, not 46cm.
One thing to note about necklaces
While necklaces are more versatile since there are many types and lengths, other features and how it’s worn can make or break your look.
For example, a choker would work well on a long, thin neck (called a swan neck). On the other hand, a choker on a short neck would make the neck look stubby.
Moreover, what we may not consider are our heights. While this is understandable because women of average height or taller could wear a necklace of any length. In particular, taller women would probably see longer necklace lengths as average.
However, shorter women may be overwhelmed by long necklaces. Hence, should you be shorter than 163cm, choosing a length that would sit on your collarbone or just below it is recommended.
As a guide, here is the necklace size chart and the recommended matching features:
|Standard Size||Necklace type||Approximate Placement||Best suited for|
|~36 cm||Collar||Tightly wrapped around the neck||Clothing with open necks
Example: scoop necks, V-necks, off-the-shoulder and boatnecks
|~41cm||Choker||Located tightly at the throat base||Nearly anything|
|~46cm||Princess||On the collarbone||Nearly anything|
|51 to 61cm||Matinee||Between the collarbone and chest||Business and casual wear|
|71 to 91cm||Opera||On the bust or 5 to 10 cm below||High neckline clothing and evening wear|
|91 to 107cm||Rope||Wrapped to sit on or right below the middle of the bust||Elegant business and evening wear|
Measuring rings get a bit more complicated because of the varying factors you should remember. Before sitting down to measure your ring size, here are a few points to take note:
1. Consider your knuckle: If you are aware that your knuckle is on the larger side, you should order a ring size that is half a size bigger than what is indicated. Otherwise, you won’t be able to slide the ring in.
2. Finger size difference: Most of the time, the ring size on the dominant hand is one whole size bigger than the other hand. When measuring, measure the specific finger you intend to wear the ring on.
3. Finger size fluctuation: Sometimes, your finger size can change a little due to temperature change, consuming certain foods, and performing activities with your hands. The size difference can be as much as half a size. Hence, it is best to measure your finger around the middle of the day at room temperature.
To ensure accuracy, you should measure the ring multiple times. It’s recommended to measure your finger three to four times, possibly at different intervals. Here are some common and easy ways to measure your ring size:
Option one: Use string or floss
1. Acquire a floss or string
2. Wrap it around the base of your finger
3. Use a pen or marker to mark the area where the floss or string intersects
4. Stretch the length of string out on a ruler or measuring tape and take down the length.
Do take note that string and floss is easily stretched, so don’t pull them too tightly. Otherwise, your ring measurement may end up being larger than your actual ring size, and any rings purchased could be too loose.
While this measurement may not be the most accurate, it’s good for rings that you intend to wear every day. After all, it allows room for the ring to be swapped to another finger, and it can finish off just about every outfit we wear.
Option two: Placing an existing ring on our ring size chart
Should you own a ring already, just follow these steps:
1. Find a ring that fits you well.
2. Print out a ring chart from our ring sizer guide and place your ring on the circles until you find one that matches the inner ring circumference.
The ring’s inner circumference should not entirely cover the circle. The correct ring size match is the last ring size circle where you can see the edges of the printed circle without it being entirely concealed.
Incorrect measurement: Ring size 18 will fully cover the printed Singapore size 17, this is incorrect. Ring size 18 will fully cover the printed size because it has overshot the sizing.
Correct measurement: When the physical ring size 18 is placed on top of the printed Singapore size 18, you should be able to notice the edge of the printed ring size around the ring.
Hence, pick the one that covers almost the entire inner edges when using this method. Do note that larger circles can also hide the inside edges of your ring.
Therefore, ensure your eyes are directly on top of the chart instead of sideways to ensure the best accuracy for the ring size. If you are unsure, use a pen to trace the ring out.
This method is ideal if you want to know her ring size for a proposal! After all, acquiring a ring that she already wears is one of the most effective steps to get her size without giving the surprise away.
If you’re looking for a jewelry size and don’t know where to start, take the steps mentioned above to help you get started.
In particular, because rings are a little more complicated, we have a ring size guide that could give you a helping hand to help you find your accurate size, whether it’s for you or someone else.