What is the Average Size for Bracelets
by Dale Armstrong
Question:

What would be an average size bracelet? If I were making bracelets for a future show, would I need a variety of sizes and what would they be?
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During the year, I agree that it is important to create 'regular stock' items for our jewelry show inventory. Bracelets are always a popular item that is purchased both as a gift and as a personal accessory. Every jeweler has his or her own 'magic number' as far as how many to have on hand and in which sizes. My personal inventory contains small, medium, regular and large (as I think the term 'extra large' can be demeaning). These sizes, measured end-to-end are: Small = 6 ½ inches, Medium = 7 inches, Regular = 7 ½ inches, and Large = 8 inches. The numbers of each size that I personally try to have on-hand are: Small - 5, Medium - 5, Regular - 8 and Large - 4. Then, think about the different styles you enjoy making and if like me you regularly create 5 different styles, you have a lot of bracelets for customers to choose from! Of course there are always the one or two bracelets you make that were not figured correctly and you end up with a 5-½ inch bracelet, which always sells too, because there is usually a lady with a very small bone structure who is thrilled to find that you handcrafted a bracelet 'just for her'! This is one of the wonderful features of being a wire jewelry artist; you can make a bracelet to fit anyone!

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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