There are a couple of important points you need to consider when buying a
gold or silver chain for a charm bracelet.
Firstly the length of the chain must be suitable for the size of your
wrist. Normally people select a chain that is the measurement of their wrist
plus an additional 2 or 3cm. A longer chain will fall further onto your hand
when your arms hang at your sides, so choose a length where the chain sits
onto your hand where it feels most comfortable.
The chains shown here are 19cm long, if you require another length, you will find 'made to length' chains on the SHOP menu.
If you don't already have a bracelet, you may find it easiest to use a
necklace and use that to gauge the length of the chain that feels best. Form
a loop around your arm and adjust the length until it feels right for you
and then measure the length of chain of the loop you made.
Style of Chain
Some chains will not be suitable for charm bracelets, for example; a fine
curb chain with no room inside the links to connect the jump ring to the
For this reason we recommend selecting from chains that have open style
links; belcher, long curb, figaro and cable chains as shown above are some examples
we find most commonly chosen by our customers.
The width of the charm bracelet chain is mostly a matter of personal
preference. Finer chains place more focus on the charms you will attach,
heavier chains make a bold statement and can be shaken to attract attention!
Our charm bracelet chains have a parrot clasp fitted, but you can select
from our range of padlocks to dress up your bracelet. We have many style to
choose from in plain and filigree designs, make sure the size you select
will suit the width of the chain you have selected. The
padlock should be neither too small
nor too large for the bracelet.
Finished Charm Bracelets
If you are choosing a both bracelet chain and charms from our store in
the same order, we can attach them for you. Please leave a note at the
checkout describing the order and spacing you prefer. If you don't leave any
instructions, we will attach your charms evenly around your bracelet for
you. Please choose 'closed jump ring' as we have to pay our jeweller to
solder the charms to your bracelet.
When adding more charms in the future, it is generally best to have a
jeweller solder your jump rings closed to ensure your charms are securely
fixed to the bracelet chain. You may wish to move charms from one bracelet
to another, so miniature parrot clasps are a good choice for this option. If
you wish to add one or two charms later, link locks allow you to do this at
home, saving the cost of a jeweller soldering additional charms. Options for
selecting findings are here.