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Guide to Bracelet Styles - How to Shop for Bracelets That Fit Your Wrist and Style

Use this quick shopping guide to bracelet styles to know what to look for and the styles your jeweler may suggest.

Bracelet Styles

  1. Bangles
    A cylinder that is rigid in form, either slipped on the wrist with no clasp or has a spring-based opening.
  2. Chain & Tennis Bracelets
    Chain bracelets are flexible and fasten with a clasp. Learn about the variety of bracelet chain styles here. When a strand of individual diamonds or gemstones is set in a row they are often referred to as "tennis bracelets." Clasps should have a second locking device, called a safety to prevent loss if the clasp opens.
  3. Charm Bracelets
    Charm bracelets are chains with small charms that affix to the chain. They make wonderful gifts, as you can continue to incorporate special memories via additional charms through the years. They are treasured by their owners and often passed on to other generations.
  4. Cuffs
    Wider than bangles, but similar in form, usually C-shaped with an opening at ends to slide on wrist.

Select the Right Bracelet Size
There are some general guidelines to help you find the right sized bracelet for your wrists:

  1. Ideal bracelet size = .25-1 larger than your wrist size, depending on the bracelet style and your preferred fit.
  2. For link or chain bracelets, you should be able to slide one to two fingers between the chain and your wrist.
  3. A bangle should not slide onto your wrist easily.
  4. A cuff should fit snug, not loose, on your wrist or forearm.

How to Layer Bracelets
Bracelets are fun and expressive, especially when layered. Some common ways to layer bracelets and get a look that is creative and under control, rather than messy:

  1. Use color as an anchor when stacking/layering bracelets.
  2. Select similar sized bracelets in a variety of materials.
  3. Mix metals and textures with clean, less ornate designs. Think yellow, white and rose gold, and matte with shiny textures.

At Kingston Fine Jewelry, we carry a large selection of both classic bracelet styles and on-trend ones. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone, or for yourself, one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to assist you. Selections are available a variety of materials including gold and sterling silver.

Article Excerpts Courtesy of Jewelers of America

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