How to Measure the Circumference of a Bangle Bracelet

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How to Measure the Circumference of a Bangle Bracelet
Bangle sets are a popular and colourful fashion accessory. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bangle bracelets are accessories that you can pair with almost any outfit. Unlike more flexible bracelets and necklaces, bangles are rigid. This means they need to be sized a little more carefully, since a bangle that is too small will not fit over the widest part of your hand. If you want to order custom jewellery or order jewellery online, measure a bangle that fits you well. This will allow you to order pieces that you have never tried on. The inner circumference of a bangle that fits you well should remain consistent regardless of the bangle's thickness or design.

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Things you need

  • Bangle
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Transparent tape

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of string that is at least 10 inches long. Regular cotton should work well for this purpose; if you use thicker beading cord or a type of string that holds its shape, you may distort your measurements.

  2. 2

    Grasp your bangle bracelet between your thumb and your index finger, keeping your thumb on the outside of the bangle and your index finger on the inside. If the bangle has a design or a particular spot that you can use as a landmark, hold it there.

  3. 3

    Slip the string onto the inside of the bangle and secure it under your index finger to determine the inner diameter of the bangle. Make sure that you don't put the string on the outside; bangles come in many different thicknesses and a thick bangle will yield a different measurement than a thin one.

  4. 4

    Lie the string down on the inside of the bangle, using the fingers of your free hand to keep it flush with the inner wall of your bracelet. If this is too difficult, you may want to use some small pieces of transparent tape to secure the string in a few places around the bangle. Make sure that the string is flush with the bangle the whole way around, or you will end up with an inaccurate measurement.

  5. 5

    Cut the string once you have wrapped it around the bracelet once and reached the first point where you grasped the bangle. Remove the string from the bangle. You should end up with a straight piece of string.

  6. 6

    Hold the string against a ruler to measure its length. This length is the inner circumference of your bangle bracelet, and should be consistent for any bangles that fit you well.

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