cuff bracelet is a bracelet that is rigid, has no clasp, but has a gap, an open
portion that allows you slip the bracelet over your wrist.
already put together an article with tips and guidelines about choosing
the proper sized cuff bracelet. Now I want to add some personal observations
and put my own wrists up as a case study.
Variations - Right and Left --- Winter and Summer
briefly mentioned my wrist size in the main article. More specifically, my right
wrist, which is where I usually wear a cuff bracelet, measures about 6 7/8".
My left wrist, where I wear a Native American watch, is about 6 ¾",
about 1/8" smaller. I suspect my right wrist is larger because I am right-handed
and because I use a computer mouse. You might find a similar difference between
your two wrist measurements. In the winter, both of my wrists measure about 1/8"
smaller than the above and in the summer, they can measure 1/8" larger. I
generally like to wear my looser and more open bracelets in the summer and my
wide cuffs in the winter.
My wrists are more oval than
round. They have a more flat top and bottom and short sides if you know what I
mean. That is the typical shape of the bracelet forms that Native American artists
use to make their bracelets. If you have round wrists, you would want to look
for a bracelet that is somewhat adjustable so that you can shape it to fit your
wrist perfectly. See
Snug or Loose?
has a personal preference as to how snug or loose a cuff bracelet should fit.
I prefer a bracelet to be a light presence, a conforming second skin. I don't
want a cuff to move around like a bangle. But I don't want it to press into my
skin anywhere either. When I take a bracelet off, I don't want to see dents in
my skin that say "tight cuff!"
do You Wear a Cuff?
I wear narrow
cuff bracelets in front of my prominent wrist bone, towards my hand. I wear wider
cuffs behind or over the prominent wrist bone. Right now I am wearing a 6 ¾"
heavy silver inlay bracelet cuff that is only about 3/8" wide (so it's in
front of my prominent wrist bone) and it is PERFECT. It doesn't move on its own
but if I grasp it on each side and lift up gently, I can create a ¼"
space between the bracelet and the top of my wrist. And if I wanted to move it
behind my wrist bone, I could easily move it there. But left on its own, it tends
to rest in front of my wrist bone and I don't even know it is there.
Cuffs Must Be Larger !
wide cuffs are larger in size because I wear them over the prominent bones of
I have a 1" wide Hopi
cuff that is 7" total inside circumference and a 1 ¾" wide heavy
Navajo cuff that is 7" total inside circumference. Both of these have a gap
of about 1 ¼" and they go on and off easily and fit just a well as
my 6 ¾" narrow cuff. So in my case, when I wear a wider cuff, it needs
to be about ¼" larger than a narrow cuff.
Your Perfect Cuff
I hope this
information helps you interpret and use the bracelet dimensions we have on our
site to find a bracelet that fits you and is comfortable to wear. It is always
best to measure a similar cuff that fits you perfectly, but if you don't have
one, you should be able to measure your wrist to find a bracelet that fits.
careful about getting locked in to size designations like Small, Medium, and Large.
These terms, and the cut-off points between size categories, are necessarily arbitrary
and imprecise, since there is an infinite range of wrist and bracelet measurements.
Common Mistake #1: All Men Wear
Many men wear a Medium bracelet
in the 7-7 ¼ inch range. They might have a wrist that measures 7 ½
and find that they like the fit of a 7 ¼" bracelet. Some women buy
Large bracelets for their boyfriends or husbands just because they think a man
would just naturally need a Large, but it is not necessarily so.
Mistake #2: Women Can Squeeze a Medium Size Bracelet into a Small Size
any bracelet, squeezing will likely make the bracelet an odd shape. Many small
women buy Medium bracelets hoping they can "squeeze" the bracelet together
to make it fit them. Yikes! First of all, if you squeeze a stone bracelet, you
risk loosening the stones. AND you'll probably end up with a gap so small you
won't be able to put the bracelet on or take it off very easily - it will end
up more like a bangle bracelet! To adjust a bracket, use
Closing the Gap
gap is what allows you to put a bracelet on and take it off with ease. It is also
what assures the bracelet won't fall off. There is a "sweet spot" as
far as the gap measurement that will work best for you. For me, the perfect gap
seems to be 1 1/8" to 1 ¼". It allows me enough on-off space
but not so much that the bracelet is not secure. That's why it is best to get
a bracelet that approximates your wrist size and shape and has a reasonable gap,
something on the order of 7/8" to 1 ½" depending on the size
of your wrist. Too small of a gap and it will be torture going on and off. Too
large of a gap and the bracelet could turn on you wrist and even fall off !
to Put on a Cuff Bracelet
an art to putting on a cuff bracelet. Curve your left hand over the top of the
bracelet. In one movement, press the lower edge of the bracelet into the soft
area on the underside of your wrist where your tendons and veins show and roll
the bracelet over the top of your wrist. To remove a bracelet,
first press the edge nearest you into the underside of your wrist and the roll
the bracelet back off your wrist toward you. With a little
practice, you will see how easy this technique is. -