Getting your bracelet size right is obviously pretty crucial; it might feel fine to you without charms, but get too tight when you attempt to fill it up; or it might hang too far from your wrist and get in your way all the time. Not to worry: this post will give you a comprehensive overview of how to choose the right size Pandora bracelet for you.
The traditional Pandora bracelet comes in the following sizes:
16 cm / 6.3 inches
17 cm / 6.7 inches
18 cm / 7.1 inches
19 cm / 7.5 inches
20 cm / 7.9 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
23 cm / 9.1 inches
The most popular bracelet sizes are the 18cm/7.1″ and 19cm/7.5″ variations – I wear a 19cm Pandora bracelet myself.
There are several methods of finding out the right Pandora bracelet size for you.
Method One: String and a ruler
Many online stores suggest this method, as do Pandora themselves. Measure your wrist with a piece of string, and then measure that string against a ruler. Then, add either 1 inch or 2-3 centimetres to your wrist measurement. This is your bracelet size. i.e. if your wrist measures 16cm, you should be looking at either the 18cm or 19cm Pandora bracelet.
Method Two: Fingers
The most basic way of testing whether your bracelet fits you properly is the finger test. You should be able to get roughly two fingers between the bracelet chain and your wrist.
Method Three: In Store
If you don’t trust yourself to get it right, you can always go in store and get an assistant to size it for you! Simple.
However, there are still a number of things to remember in terms of Pandora bracelet sizing:
- As you fill your bracelet up with more charms, they will make the fit tighter against your wrist. This is especially true of the murano glass charms, which are bigger than the regular silver charms. If you are planning on having many glass charms (say, four or more) on your bracelet, you may want to consider going up a size.
- This is not true for everyone, but Pandora advise that, over time, your bracelet may expand up to 1cm in length, as the links of the bracelet chain relax. I have not personally had this happen to me (and I own four snake chain bracelets), but have heard of it happening to others – it’s not a given that it will stretch, but it could well happen. Putting clips on your bracelet and distributing your charms evenly should help prevent this happen.
- Personal preference – you might prefer a looser or a tighter fitting bracelet. As a rule, you should add a minimum of 2cm to your wrist size, but you could always increase this, depending on how much you want your bracelet to hang.
That concludes our bracelet sizing 101! Have fun buying your new Pandora bracelets ;)
my wrist measurement is at 15cm..so should i go for 17cm or 18cm? currently i am having 1 with 18cm but feel a bit loose..will the 17cm too tight? i try my current bracelet and try to go in by 1cm but makes the bracelet cant move freely..should i try like that or i cant?
Hi Michelle! Pandora suggest that you go up 2cm from your wrist size when choosing your bracelet – so 17cm should be your size by their guidelines.
However if you’ve tried the 17cm and it feels too tight, then I’d stick with the 18cm. Remember that when you add more charms to your bracelet, especially muranos, the bracelet will get tighter and you’ll need the extra space. If it feels tight without any or many charms on it, then it won’t fit when you fill it up :) A good thing to do is to go into store and ask the SAs if they’ll let you try on a full 17cm and a full 18cm and see which feels most comfortable for you.
Hope that helps! :)
I would stay with the 7.1. I have a full bracelet , no muranos, and first had the 6.7. It was so too tight once my bracelet was full. ! My wrist is just about 5.75 inches . Even with the 7.1 I get some marks in my skin from the charms , but I think that happens to everyone? Now I still can use yhe 7.7 but only 1/4 to half full.
Mm, it’s not an exact science for sure – I’d definitely recommend going into store and trying on some full bracelets and see which is best. I was first sized with an 18cm but that was way too tight once it got fuller and I added muranos. The 19cm is perfect for me – and I got one 20cm for a bracelet design that has more murano glass on it! :)
Sorry meant 6.7 not 7.7
Hi! I bought a collier online (and it’s still being shipped) My tight wrist measurement’s 15cm. You see, I’ve been going nuts. I ordered 19cm. I don’t know if it’s the right size for me. But what I’m sure of is that I want to fill it with charms. What do you think?? Thanks in advance!
Hi Jem! That sounds quite big – Pandora recommend that you purchase a bracelet 2cm up from your wrist size. If you want a nice loose fit, or to fill it with lots of muranos, then it may well be fine. But you might find that it’s slipping off your wrist, or at least falling very far down it, when you’re just starting out!
This link from the Pandora eStore has some more advice:
Can I have my Bracelet increased in size? It was bought for me but is not big enough for me to put more charms on.
Hi Vickie – unfortunately, I don’t think this is possible. I suspect that Pandora would just tell you to buy a new one. :(
Forgive me if this is something you’ve already discussed in the past. I just received my first Pandora for Valentine’s Day. I have a friend who has had a bracelet for a few years now and she allowed me to try it on to see her size fit. I noticed that when I put on my bracelet, it is very stiff (it is not a bangle). Are their different types of bracelets? Some more stiff than others? My husband got me the Iconic Bracelet Set.
New Pandora bracelets are often very stiff and shiny – they loosen up and stretch a little as you wear them. Yours will probably soften up completely eventually and become like your friend’s. :) If you want to speed up the process, apparently you should clasp your new bracelet and hang it from something so that it still stretches even when you’re not wearing it. I’ve not tried it properly myself but worth a go perhaps?
Hi! I just recieved a Pandora Heart clasp bracelet for my birthday, it is a size 18 and the measure is fine. But I feel that it is too stiff. Will it soften and be more flexible, or should I change it with a normal clasp bracelet?