Buying Tips and Size Guide
The length of all chains is measured with the chain undone and laid out in a straight line. It is the whole length of the chain including the clasps.
The width of the chain is measured across the links of the chain at the widest point.
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We have tried to make all common chain lengths available when you are selecting your chain in our shop. This gives lots of options, but it can also be confusing because of the many choices!
Well here’s an easy guide to help you find the right length for you. Please remember that this is only a guide, and you may find you need a slightly longer or shorter chain than suggested.
Firstly consider whether you will be wearing your necklace with or without a pendant. This will affect the length of the chain you will require. If you already have a pendant try fitting it to another necklace (or a piece of string) to work out the correct length for your new one.
Some pendants have small bails (where the chain goes through) and will only fit the finer chain widths, so if you choose a thicker chain a jeweller may be needed to fit a larger bail. Bolt ring (Kartier) clasps will generally not allow a pendant to be fitted to a necklace as the clasp is larger than normal.
For necklaces without a pendant, the length can be measured from an existing necklace that is the correct length or for a longer chain, connect two necklaces and adjust the drop until you are happy, then measure the total length where the chains are joined to make the length required.
If you are debating between two lengths, say 55cm and 60cm, buy the longer chain. It is easier to remove links later than to add new ones.
Most people will require a bracelet length of the measurement around their wrist plus 2 or 3 additional centimeters. Again a necklace may be used to place on your wrist and adjust the length until you are happy with the fit.
If you are debating between two lengths, say 21cm and 22 cm, buy the longer chain. It is easier to remove links later than to add new ones.
For charm bracelets either belcher or long curb links are normally best. These have evenly spaced links that lend themselves well to having charms fitted.
Padlocks and bolt ring clasps can really dress up a bracelet but the clasp should not be either too large nor too small. In other words match the size of the padlock to the thickness of the chain.
Many customers have bought a 21cm bracelet for a child and had it made up to a shorter length (i.e. 13cm) with the extra links being kept aside to be fitted to the bracelet as the child grows. This way you won’t have to try to find matching links down the track. Just leave a note at the checkout if you would like to do this.
See ‘Childrens Jewellery’ below for more details.
Measure your ankle and add 2 or 3 cm. If you want the chain to stay higher on your leg, add 2cm to your ankle measurement. If you want the bracelet to drop further onto your foot add 3cm to your ankle measurement.
If you have an existing bracelet then choose OPEN JUMP RINGS for your new charms. These can be attached to your own bracelet and then soldered closed by a jeweller to prevent the charms detaching from your chain.
If you wish to be able to move charms from one bracelet to another then choose a PARROT CLASP. These miniature clasps are similar to those found on your necklace or bracelet but much smaller.
If you are buying charms to wear as pendants then order them with CLOSED JUMP RINGS.
See the charm fittings page for images (jump rings & parrot clasps)
If you are buying both charms and a bracelet from us and wish us to put your charm bracelet together, then choose CLOSED JUMP RINGS (we have to pay our jeweller to assemble it) and tell us in the notes, at the checkout, how you would like them arranged.
All our pendants have closed bails and will securely attach around a necklace. A jeweller could replace the bail with a jump ring if you wished to wear them on a charm bracelet instead.
Some of our charms are also suitable to be worn as a pendant, please order with CLOSED JUMP RINGS.
The bangles we sell with open ends can be fitted easily to anyone’s wrist. They come in one size only.
Closed bangles are available in four sizes in the patterned bangles range; 60mm, 63mm, 66mm and 70mm. Round, half-round and twisted bangles are available in sizes from 41mm to 77mm. This is the inside diameter of the bracelet. In other words the diameter is measured from one side to the other,
inside the bangle.
One guide to bangle size is to measure your hand: Make a fist and measure between the centre of the knuckle on your little finger and the centre of your knuckle on your index finger.
The size you measured is the smallest diameter of a bangle that will fit over your hand.
A better way is to go to a junk shop and buy a plastic children’s bangle that fits well without having to distort it to get it over your hand. Just measure across inside the bangle for your size in mm. This is more accurate.
When buying precious metal jewellery for children there are some extra considerations that should be addressed.
Whether gold or silver, the necklaces, bracelets or anklets will normally need to be made to a smaller size than an adult would wear. But what happens when the child grows and they no longer fit?
You could go to a jeweller and have him try to find matching links and have the chain lengthened. Sometimes there will be a matching chain available, but what if there isn’t? Making links may require building them by hand to match and that will not be cheap.
If you buy chains that fit the child now, they may not fit when they have grown up. This is especially true of bracelets, an adult could never wear a 13cm bracelet, it simply wouldn’t go around the wrist. If you buy chains to fit them when they have grown, they may be too large to wear until that day, a 20cm bracelet would fall over the hand of a child.
Why not use common sense and buy a chain to fit an adult, so they can wear it for their whole life, BUT have it made up to the length that fits them today. The extra links can be put aside to be included into the chain as time passes. A jeweller can easily add links when he has matching ones available.
The size of the links is a also a consideration, for a young child finer links are best, but don’t go too small as a charm bracelet for an adult will need to be a little heavier. A long curb may be a good choice or alternatively one of the belcher chains, both of these styles especially suit having charms fitted..
We don’t charge any extra to create a smaller chain and provide you with the spare links.
For bracelets, adult women will normally wear between 19 and 21cm depending upon their build.
For necklaces, it’s a bit more complex, but the ‘standard’ length is around 50cm (55cm for a man) when it is worn alone.
The best thing about taking this approach is that a young child can have a quality piece of jewellery that they will still be able to wear when they have reached adulthood.
Usually when chains are bought for a child it is for a special occasion, a birthday or a christening perhaps, it would be a shame for them to outgrow a piece of jewellery with such a special memory associated to it.
It can be difficult to picture exactly how much 35g or 50g or 89g feels.
So we created this weight guide using Australian coins. We hope you find it useful.
We have created a chart with combinations of 5c coins, 10c coins, 20c coins, 50c coins, $1 coins and $2 coins, showing from weights from 5 grams to 150 grams.