Fitting sizes explained

Fitting size. What we measure. It is always good to remember that we are designing and making jewellery to fit the average size and those larger and smaller than the average size. We are always trying to make jewellery which will fit you and there is a very good chance that any item of our jewellery will fit you. You only need to be especially careful if you want to buy a ring for a particular finger.
Anklets, we measure and note the internal circumference of anklets. In most cases this is effectively the length of the anklet, end to end, when opened. We use internal circumference because if the anklet is short and made with big beads the length is a poor indication of whether it will go round your ankle.
If the anklet has an extension or is in some other way adjustable e.g a slip knot fitting, then we measure and note the longest ( i,e including the extension ) and the shortest length from catch to catch.
If the anklet consists of beads threaded on an elastic material such as Lycra then we report the internal circumference when the elastic is relaxed and we also note a second larger measurement which is our estimate of the longest the anklet could be stretched and still be comfortable.
Remember that even if the anklet is larger than your ankle it will still ‘fit’ you provided it is not so big that it slips over your foot and falls off.
Earrings have no fitting size.
Bracelets, we measure and note the internal circumference of bracelets. In most cases this is effectively the length of the bracelet, end to end, when opened. We use internal circumference because if the bracelet is short and made with big beads the length is a poor indication of whether it will go round your wrist.
If the bracelet has an extension or is in some other way adjustable e.g a slip knot fitting, then we measure and note the longest ( i,e including the extension ) and the shortest length from catch to catch.
If the bracelet consists of beads threaded on an elastic material such as Lycra then we report the internal circumference when the elastic is relaxed and we also note a second larger measurement which is our estimate of the longest the bracelet could be stretched and still be comfortable.
Remember that even if the bracelet is larger than your wrist it will still ‘fit’ you provided it is not so big that it slips over your hand and falls off.
Bangles. We usually distinguish between bracelets which fasten and adjust on your wrist and bangles which are of a fixed and rigid circular shape and which must pass over you hand to reach your wrist. The important measure for the fitting size of a bangle is the internal diameter because this is what determines whether the bangle will fit you, will it go over your hand to settle on your wrist.
Necklaces Remember necklaces are rarely judged to be too big, a long necklace just hangs lower of the chest. When we note the fitting size of a necklace what we are generally indicating is not really whether it will fit you because most necklaces will but rather we are giving you information so you can estimate where it will fall on your chest.
We measure and note the internal circumference; in most cases this is effectively the length of the necklace, end to end when opened. We use internal circumference because with short necklaces made with big beads the length of the necklace is a poor indication of whether it will go round your neck.
If the necklace has an extension or is in some other way adjustable e.g a slip knot fitting, then we measure and note the longest ( i,e including the extension ) and the shortest length from catch to catch.
If the necklace consists of beads threaded on an elastic material such as Lycra then we report the internal circumference when the elastic is relaxed and we also note a second larger measurement which is our estimate of the longest the necklace could be stretched and still be comfortable.
If the necklace has a pendant we still report the internal circumference as the fitting size and we note the largest dimension of the pendant ( see dimensions ).
Nose studs have no fitting size.
Rings. We also use internal circumference to indicate the size of a ring. This may be difficult to measure but it is easy to measure the circumference of your finger and so choose the ring which will fit. Many rings are fixed and rigid and only have only one size. However if the ring does not fit one particular finger you may still be able to wear the ring on another finger. The important issue is that you must be able to slip the ring on your finger and be not too tight and yet it be tight enough not to fall off.
Some rings are adjustable and in such cases we measure and the two internal circumferences, the largest and the smallest. If the ring is threaded on an elastic material then we report the internal circumference when it is relaxed and when it has been expanded.