The best tool to have with you when you’re buying any kind of jewelry is information. If you’re shopping in person, try everything on and check yourself out in a mirror. If you’re online or can’t touch, the following information on jewelry sizing will be helpful to you (especially on sites like eBay and Etsy).
The length of a necklace drastically affects how it looks when you wear it. Always pay attention to necklace length when you’re purchasing jewelry, and be aware of how different necklace lengths look on you.
Most pendants can be switched to longer or shorter chains, but don’t assume this is going to be easy unless you get a good look at both the bail (the thing connecting the pendant to the chain) and the size of the clasp. Some small bails and/or large clasps require pliers to manage a chain switch. (I’ll post a tutorial about that soon.) For non-pendant style necklaces, sizability is variable. If you see links, your chances are good. Take it to a jeweler, unless you’re very confident in your ability to alter it yourself.
Trying to find out someone’s ring size without them knowing? If you can, borrow one of their rings and take it to a jeweler.
Some rings can be resized, but not all – it varies based on delicacy, material, and design. Never assume a ring is resizable until a jeweler takes a look at it.
(Please note: It’s rare to see bracelets sized as S, M, L, and such a thing would definitely vary by maker. The above image is included for hilarity only. )
A standard women’s bracelet is 7-8 inches. Personally, I have tiny wrists. I would lose an 8 inch bracelet in less than a minute, and with a 7 inch one I have to be careful not to make extravagant hand gestures.
Know your wrist circumference, and know what size of bracelet you prefer. Measure your favorite bracelet or use a piece of string to measure the size you’d like your bracelets to be, and then remember that number. You can also use these printable rulers to do the same thing.
Remember the bracelet needs to both fit over the widest part of your hand (unless it has a clasp) and stay on your wrist once it’s there. Most link bracelets can be resized, at least to some degree, but most bangles can’t.
As for earrings, just pay attention to the details. Always take note of how large and long the earrings are. Are they 5 inches long? Measure that out with a piece of paper and hold it up to your ear. If that’s not what you want, then don’t buy them.
Also always be sure to take note of what kind of backings the earrings have. Are you okay with hooks/studs/screwbacks/clip-ons? Some earring backings can be changed, but not all.
Brooches have pretty much the same guidelines as earrings – look for measurements and, if you can’t picture it, make a piece of paper the size of the jewelry you’re considering buying. That can help make it real enough for you to tell if it’s the size you want, too small, or too big.
I hope this was helpful! Don’t forget to pin or bookmark it so you have it handy for all of your jewelry sizing needs.