Bracelet Buying Guide

Whether it’s a dainty and stackable bangle bracelet or a stunning diamond tennis bracelet, bracelets can be ideal jewelry for everyday wear or reserved for special occasions. They also make great presents that can be worn often and beautifully mixed and matched.
Our bracelet guide covers things such as style, length, metal, gemstones, and chain type.


Bracelets are a type of jewelry constantly visible to the wearer, making it a meaningful gift and a constant reminder of the giver. Factors to consider when purchasing a bracelet include style, metalgemstones, length, and fit. While some bracelets are “free size”, others come in different lengths or can be adjusted to fit the wearer. Shop bracelets

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There are several different kinds of bracelets to choose from when considering your purchase. While keeping in mind the different jewelry considerations like metal and gemstones, you should also consider the lifestyle and fashion and jewelry sense of who you are buying it for. Select a design well suited to your style or the style of who you are giving it to. A diamond tennis bracelet is beautiful but may not suit someone who is less classic and more whimsical and might better enjoy a fun charm bracelet.

Here are the different styles of bracelets you can consider:

Chain Bracelets

A chain bracelet is formed from a series of connected metal links. Fine metal chains come in a variety of styles and widths.

Link Bracelets

Similar to chain bracelets, link bracelets are made up of connected links. However, links tend to be much larger and sometimes feature non-metal accents.

Cuff Bracelets

Cuffs are a solid bracelet with no hinge, clasp, or moveable parts. Though similar to a bangle, a cuff does not form a full circle.

Corded Bracelet

Corded bracelets are made of cord, a thin rope formed from twisted strands. They often feature a metal clasp or accents.

Beaded Bracelets

These bracelets feature beads threaded onto string or wire. Beaded bracelets are a popular choice with wearers preferring crystals and gemstones for a colorful bohemian look.

Leather Bracelets

Made from leather instead of precious metal, bracelet styles include leather cuffs and braided leather bracelets. Some may feature pendants or charms.

Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets are a common style of diamond bracelet featuring a fixed row of matched diamonds or gemstones. The tennis bracelet is the most popular diamond bracelet style and

Charm Bracelets

A charm bracelet is a link bracelet that features a variety of charms. Sometimes the charms all match a theme or sometimes they war selects them. The fun part is that charm bracelets can be very personal. And if the wearer wants to make it fancier, they can also pick charms with diamonds.

Pearl Bracelet

A pearl strand features a single row of matched pearls to form an elegant bracelet for the wrist. Pearls are a gorgeous choice for elegant sophistication that is not as expensive as diamonds.

Bangle Bracelets

A bangle bracelet is a single rigid bracelet. A bangle can either be a solid, continuous circle or be made up of two pieces connected by a hinge (split bangle). Bangle bracelets can also be purchased as a stack that can be worn alone, together, or mixed and matched. The best part about bangles is that they are very versatile. They may contain diamonds and be more formal like a tennis bracelet or they can be chunkier and more youthful and trendy.

Bracelet Size Guide

Deciding on your preferred bracelet style is the first step. Next you need to get the right measurement for you or the one you are giving the bracelet to. Try to be as accurate as possible. If a measurement is too loose the bracelet may fall off. If it’s too tight though it might not fit.

Measure your wrist with a measuring tape then check your size in centimeters or inches against our size chart below to determine the right fit for you. However, also bear in mind that some types of bracelets should be looser – like bangles and cuffs.

Bracelet Size

Bracelet sizes by bangle diameter:

Small: 6 centimeters

Medium: 6.3 centimeters

Large: 6.7 centimeters

Frequently Asked Questions

A tennis bracelet is a bracelet that contains a series of gemstones such as diamonds that are connected via a thin precious metal chain. This elegant item of jewelry is usually made from 14k or 18k gold although Sterling silver and platinum are also popular. Diamond tennis bracelets are one of the more popular choices for diamond bracelets.
Silver bracelets can be cleaned by placing them in a bowl of warm water containing a mild detergent for approximately 10-15 minutes. It can then be gently scrubbed using a soft toothbrush, rinsed under a running tap and dried with a microfiber cloth or left to air dry. If the bracelet contains stubborn grease, it could be soaked in a solution of vinegar and baking soda for 2-3 hours before cleaning as directed above.
Wrap a piece of string or a tape measure around your wrist, so it is tight but comfortable to get the ideal length for your. Take the measurement and compare it to a sizing chart. Sizes for men and women are different but range from extra small to extra large. For bangles, you might want to add a little more wiggle room.
How you fix a broken metal bracelet will depend very much on what the damage is. If the chain or bracelet itself is damaged, it can be soldered back together. If the clasp is broken, ideally it should be replaced as any repairs are likely to weaken an already delicate part of the bracelet. If the hinge on your bangles needs repairing, this will need to be fixed by a jewelry expert as more metal may need to be added, springs replaced, or the inner wires tightened.
Some of the more popular styles include bangles, cuff bracelets, chain bracelets, and bracelets with charms. For diamond
Refer to our bracelet size guide above for bracelet sizes. When getting the final size for your jewelry though always keep bracelet design in mind. Someone might be better a bit looser while others look better tighter on the wrist.
It is a personal choice. If you wear a watch, it can be a good idea to wear a bracelet on the other wrist so as to make sure the watch doesn’t scratch the bracelet especially if the bracelet features gemstones, pearls, or diamonds.
Pick a style, then your size and metal or combination of metals. Is it an everyday bracelet you are looking for or something for special occasions with diamonds or gemstones? Would a rose gold bracelet suit your skin tone or is a leather bracelet more your thing? With so many different types of bracelets available from cuff bracelets to tennis bracelets to bangles, chain and bead bracelets- the perfect bracelet is yours to choose.
The ideal fit is being able to comfortably slip two fingers under it.
Some believe this is fashion faux pas, as over-accessorizing can cheapen an overall look and make the wearer seem tacky. However, if the pieces are chosen correctly, then bracelets on both wrists can look good and enhance your overall outfit and appearance. It’s just a matter of choosing complimentary jewelry pieces.
There is no “one size fits all” formula that will work for all women.  An excellent choice when you are unsure of the wearer’s wrist size is an adjustable C-shaped cuff bracelet. This can be shaped tighter or looser to fit the wearer.
Typical bracelet types of men include ID bracelets, leather cuffs, broad metal bands, and rope cords.
Whether you choose rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, or platinum depends largely on your design, bracelet style, and budget. You may also want to consider your other jewelry pieces. Some people prefer all their gold to match and don’t like mixing white gold with yellow gold or rose gold. Price is also a contributing factor.