The Secret to Fitting a Small Bangle Over a Wide Hand

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Have you ever come across a beautiful bangle bracelet online and wanted to order it, but had no idea if it would fit? I ran into that issue recently, and in my usual manner tried to figure it out the hard way. If you have a simple problem, turn it over to me and I can complicate it for you in no time!

So here’s how this little tale goes: I have a fondness for Hermes’s Clic H bracelets. They are fun pops of color and a lot of fun to pair with other bracelets. It also helps that my last name starts with an H, which makes them feel like an ID bracelet whenever I wear one. Be forewarned, they are addictive!


Up until recently, I’ve been able to resist the beautiful, printed-enamel bracelets Hermes produces, but that all changed this past week during another #instagrammademedoit moment when I fell for two of their iconic designs: the Balcons du Guadalquivir and the Grand Apparat. Just Google the name of either of those and you’ll find tons of beautiful pictures showing them paired with other bracelets for some stunning combinations.

Pssst: If you’re a printed-enamel-bracelet fan and already own a few of these lovely bracelets, I’m sharing some important tips I learned about how to wear and care for them further down in this post.


Shopping for a Hermes Printed Enamel Bracelet

In an effort to save a few $$$, I looked online to see if I could find either of the above bracelets, pre-loved. The tricky part about buying one this way was figuring out what size I would need since I had never owned one.

The chart below from the Hermes website, shows how they recommend measuring to determine the size bracelet you’ll need. Unlike the Clic H bracelets, Hermes’s printed-enamel-bracelets do not open with a clasp. They are solid construction all the way around, meaning the bracelet has to fit over the hand in order to wear it.

Though I have small wrists (they are 6 inches around) the width of my hand at the point shown in the diagram below is 8 inches. I had read online that very few people can wear Hermes size 62 bracelets, but I had hoped I could wear their mid-size, which is the size 65 bracelet. (See chart below) If the chart at the Hermes website was accurate, the size 65 was going to be a stretch!

From Hermes Website

The reason I wanted to purchase the mid-size bracelet is because I knew a large bangle would drive me bonkers on my small wrist. In reading online I had come across a few instances where women had purchased bracelets that once on, slid all the way up to their elbow! Yikes! I definitely didn’t want that problem!

In shopping for a pre-loved bracelet, I found a Balcons du Guadalquivir bangle online in excellent, pre-loved condition and listed as being a size 65. I decided to buy it and figured if it turned out to be too small, I could probably just sell it on eBay.

After I purchased the bracelet, in a follow-up discussion with the seller about the size, she re-measured the bracelet and realized it was not a size 65 as the listing had stated, but was actually bigger. We agreed to cancel the sale, and at that point I decided to just go ahead and buy it directly from the local boutique.

A few days later I visited an Hermes boutique to get the verdict: would the mid-size, 65 size bracelet work or would I have to move up to the larger 70 size, something I didn’t want to do. Tucked inside my handbag for the trip, was a secret weapon, something I had read about on the Purse Forum. Do you ever read there? It’s amazing all the good information you can glean from that site when shopping for handbags, shoes, jewelry, etc…

So, what was inside my bag? What was my secret weapon? Hold that thought for just a moment!

The Hermes near me had both of the bracelets in stock. I didn’t take photos trying it on in the store, but here’s a photo taken at my desk today of how the mid-size (Size 65) Balcons du Guadalquivir bracelet looks going on my hand. Looks pretty hopeless, right? Like no way is that going to fit!


Before my trip to Hermes, I had read on the Purse Forum that it helps to try on bracelets wearing a piece of hosiery over your arm. Ummm, I haven’t worn hose or knee highs in many, many years, but I looked in the drawer where I used to keep them and found a new pair of knee-highs that had never been opened. That was the secret weapon I had tucked into my purse: a never-before-worn knee-high! Ha!


I needn’t have bothered because when I told my SA what I had read and pulled out the knee-high, she told me they kept them available in the store, too. Actually, the one I have is rather heavy, a really sheer one would be even better.

So, here’s the funny/weird part, I was scared to death! lol There’s not much that rattles this girl, I’m usually up for an adventure, but I was petrified that if by some miracle I was able to get the bracelet over my hand and onto my wrist, it would be permanently stuck there!

So many thoughts were going through my mind. What if it had to be cut off! The sales associate and I had already discussed how the printed bangles can’t be repaired if they are accidentally scratched or damaged. If it got stuck on my arm, it would most certainly mean a trip to the emergency room where it would have to be cut off. I would be paying for a ruined bracelet that I’d never be able to wear.

As I voiced this concern, my fabulous SA calmly assured me I could do it. I don’t know how she knew this, but she had full confidence that I could get it over my hand, onto my arm, and back off again.


Remember this chart…the one that says a size 65 will only fit a “hand circumference equal or less than 7.5 inches.” I had measured my hand so many times and it was clearly 8 inches around!

From Hermes Website


The inside measurement of the size 65 Hermes bracelet is 2 and 3/8 inches across. If you have a ruler nearby, take a look at it right now and imagine squeezing your hand through a circle that size! Crazy, right?!


This was one of those moments where I decided to put my faith in someone who had been doing this a lot longer than I, the person with whom I had built a trusted relationship over the last few months–my sales associate. If I had ordered a size 65 bracelet online from Hermes, eBay or wherever, there’s no way I would have had the know-how or confidence to try and fit it over my hand. It truly looks and feels impossible!

But my knowledgeable SA was standing right there saying she was sure I could do it. If she believed it would work, then I believed it, too. With her cheering me on, I went for it!

Little Disclaimer: The method I’m sharing in this post worked for me. I can’t promise that it will work for you, so be sure and use your best judgement to avoid any injury to yourself or to your jewelry.


3 Helpful Tips:

1. When sliding a bangle over your hand, use a piece of sheer hosiery over the hand. Skin is naturally moist and it’s easy for the bangle to catch on the skin and not slide. A sheer piece of hosiery will make a huge difference!

2. Rock the bangle from side to side, easing it back over the hand, Don’t try to push it evenly all at once across the hand. It’s better to work it across the hand, inching it from side to side as you go.

3. When you reach the widest point of your hand, gently push in on the wider part of your hand where the thumb connects to the hand on one side, and just above where your little finger attaches to your hand on the other side. Those areas have some “give” and you can push them in a little as you’re working the bangle over your hand. Don’t hurt yourself doing that. It shouldn’t hurt or be uncomfortable.


3 More Tips: There really is an art to this!

4. My Sales Associate told me to take a deep breath and relax. Tensing up makes it a lot harder. She was right!

5. Often one hand is smaller than the other, so you may want to try this first on the smaller hand. I didn’t check to see which hand was smaller because I really wanted to wear this bracelet on my right hand. That’s just where I’m comfortable wearing a bangle-style bracelet.

6. The wider the bracelet, the harder it will be to slide on. The Balcons du Guadalquivir below is 1-inch wide. Hermes also makes this bracelet in a 0.5-inch, 1.5-inch and 2-inch size. I may get brave enough to try the 1.5-inch size sometime. Maybe. lol


Success! Never would have believed it would work! And it actually gets easier the more times you do it!


An Important Tip To Keep Your Printed Enamel Bracelet In Good Shape

Here’s a very important tip that I was glad my Sales Associate shared with me. (I hate learning stuff the hard way!) She said with Hermes bangles (and I’m guessing any bangle) you should only pair/wear them with bangles that are the same size.

I was wearing a Clic H bracelet in the PM size that day. That’s the smallest of the two sizes the Clic H bracelets come in. A Clic H in the PM size is definitely smaller than a Hermes, size 65, bangle.

My SA warned me that it would not be a good idea to wear the Clic H and the Balcons du Guadalquivir bracelet together because the bangle would slide right over the top of the Clic H bracelet, damaging both bracelets. It would scratch the top of the Clic H and the inside of the Balcons du Guadalquivir bangle. That probably explains why so many of the Hermes printed-enamel bracelets you see on eBay are scratched on the inside. I was wondering how that happens!

There are a lot of good reasons to shop directly from a Hermes boutique when purchasing one of their products. My experience with the SAs in the Atlanta store has been excellent and you learn so many helpful tips you would otherwise never know.

Also, there’s no way I would have had the nerve to push that bracelet onto my wrist without my sales associate standing there assuring me it would work. I would most-likely have been stuck wearing a size 70 bangle that would have looked ridiculous on my small wrist and arm.


Again, do not try this if you think your bracelet/bangle will get stuck on your hand or arm.

I wanted to share my experience because I’m still a little in shock that I can take a size 65 bangle on and off my arm so easily. It still feels a bit like a magic trick each time I do it! I rarely use the stocking now that I know how to finesse it on and off. The stocking still comes in handy if it’s a really humid day, something we have plenty of here in the south.

Also, hands are sometimes smaller in the morning but swell a little as the day wears on and we eat salty foods. In all those situations, a nylon hose is a fabulous tool! It also helps with the confidence factor the first few times you put a bangle on and take it off alone at home.

Have you ever run into this issue with wearing a bangle or bracelet that has to slide over the hand? Were you already familiar with the hosiery trick? I’ve since read about folks using plastic bags for the same purpose, but I think the hosiery method is a bit easier since the hose conforms more easily to the arm.

Would love to hear your bangle bracelet tales and struggles!


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  1. Beautiful bracelets Susan, but if I have to go to that much trouble to wear them, count me out! Thanks for the fun today~

  2. I have never seen the hosiery trick, Susan. It’s a good one, for sure. I happen to have big hands, but tiny wrists so I tend to stay away from bangles. Hermes certainly makes some lovely ones though. It’s easy to see why you would be smitten. 🙂

  3. Susan, this is such a neat trick! I think I’m going to start carrying a knee high in my purse all the time. Like you, my knuckles are large, but my wrist is tiny. Bangles slide up and down my arm. Now I want to run out and try on bangles. Thank you for sharing this useful info and thank you for hosting.

  4. Such a clever trick! Now if I can just find a similar trick to get my wedding rings on/off on hot summer days! Thanks for hosting! 🙂 Linda

  5. Thank you for this eye-opener! I avoid bangles for the same reason.. can’t get them over my hand or they are so loose on my wrist that it is irritating.
    I’ll have to get up the nerve to try the hosiery trick.

  6. You have purchased some lovely things lately. I have a gold bracelet that I cherish, but it has a strange clasp that saves me from your dilemma.

  7. I learned something today. Very interesting story about your bracelet adventure.

  8. That was a Hermes homer!!! franki

  9. Charlotte says

    Beautiful bracelet! I can’t ever seem to get bangles over my hands either, I will have to try that trick.

  10. Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

  11. I have a small wrist too, most bangles are too large. At a jewelry store the sales associate assisted me with a plastic bag over my hand to put a bangle on and to remove it.

    • I saw a video on YouTube last night where someone was doing that. I think I prefer using the hose, but the bag way appeared to work, too! Thanks, Therese!

  12. great trick! I have been wanting a Hermes bangle but have been unsure about my size. I have been skeptical of buying them on eBay because I am sure there are lots of fakes out there and I am not skilled enough to know the difference!

    • Yeah, you have to really know the product well to buy one there. The preloved bracelet I was looking at initially was on Lollipuff. They are known for authenticating products before allowing them to be sold there. So I felt safe shopping on that site. I always prefer going to the boutique, though. Then you really don’t have to worry at all.

  13. Thank you for hosting Susan!

  14. rattlebridge farm says

    I’m going to remember this! The bangles are gorgeous. Thanks for hosting the party, Susan!

  15. Susan,

    You are brilliant! (Oh, and the bracelet isn’t half bad either. Kidding, it’s beautiful.) You’ve done it again! Always enjoy reading your posts, seeing your photo’s and hearing your stories. As usual, informative as well as giving us some nice eye candy. You never disappoint.

  16. Kathleen Workman says

    Susan, I’m looking for quality, classic items. That’s why I appreciate your blog. My budget doesn’t stretch to Hermes, or luxury designer items. I love Talbots, but lately find their quality to be sometimes uneven. Have you had that experience? I just know, as brilliant as you are, that you have other shops, blogs you could recommend to someone like me. You’ve mentioned some in the past. Because of my health, I’m an on-line shopper, so I must be able to do easy returns. Also, I love your Christmas lists, and how you update your wardrobe. I would love to go to Marshall’s, Pier One, etc. but my patient husband who cares for me is not a shopper. I really miss retail therapy, but everyone is too busy to take me. I understand it’s difficult because I now need to be pushed in a wheelchair since I cannot walk or stand for very long. I’m determined to keep my sense of femininity on a budget with classic, quality items that last for myself and my home. You’re my go to gal. And your readers are wonderful with suggestions. Guidance, please? Thank you.

    • Kathleen, I’m all for online shopping, sure beats sitting in Atlanta traffic. I’m sorry that you’re not able to get out as much as you would like.

      Talbots is still my go-to favorite for clothes. Their clothes just seem to fit me right and I love the styles they have been carrying. I’ve had really good luck with their quality of their clothes, but I do baby my clothes a bit. I wash everything in the “handwash” basket of my washing machine, usually on a gentle cycle. Then I hang everything up to dry in my bathroom. The only thing I put in the dryer are towels, sheets and socks since I’ve read that drying is tough on clothes and can fade them.

      I’ve always loved Lands’ End for casual clothing, coats and winter sweaters. Their quality is normally very good.

      Another store that I’ve heard about but have yet to buy from is Boden. I receive their catalogs and the clothes look beautiful!

      Nordstrom is great when they are running a sale. I shop online there mainly for shoes and sometimes perfume. I love their free shipping and free returns.

      I also shop at J. Crew online for some things. I’ve purchased several shirts there and a few sweaters over the years, although their pants don’t work for me. They also run great sales from time-to-time. They are mainly geared toward a younger age group, but I’ve had good luck with some of their classic styles in shirts and sweaters.

      A brand I used to buy ALL THE TIME was Sigrid Olson. I’m wearing one of her summer skirts, as I type this. Parisian, the store where I used to buy Sigrid Olsen clothing, closed in my area a few years ago. I just googled the name and it appears she is still designing. I think her clothes are available now at Dillards. So you may want to check those out. I hope the quality is still the same as it was a bazillion years ago when I purchased the skirt I’m wearing and several other pieces that I still wear.

      Ann Taylor is normally great quality, although I don’t shop there very often.

      I just recently learned about a company called The White Company. They carry a lot of “neutral” color clothing as you might expect with a name like that. I haven’t ordered from them so not sure of the quality, but they appear to use a lot of linen/cotton which I really like.

      Those are the ones off the top of my head.

      Oh, also check out Joules for coats and boots. They carry other items, too…but I only purchased a coat from there. It’s a great coat, though!

  17. Patricia says

    Well that was a fascinating read. I love to stack bracelets and now I will be more conscious of their size compatibilities. I have to admire you courage in trying on the 65. I too would have had visions of a visit to the emergency room!

    • Thanks, Patricia! I was so nervous. Thinking back, I should have known that if I could get it on, I could probably get it back off. I think I had just built it up in my head too much. I’m bad about thinking things through too much, sometimes! lol

  18. What a great tip for bracelets! I read a comment above about wedding rings…..I had to take mine off at a jewelry store, and it looked hopeless. My fingers were swollen from the heat and I also have a bit of arthritis in that knuckle. The jeweler brought out a bottle of Windex from behind the counter, sprayed, and the ring slid off! I had to laugh, it reminded me of the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, where everything was better with Windex! 🙂 I am not sure why it works, and it was the BRAND, not a generic….so, there must be something in it that is unique?? They have used it 3 times for me now, so it has consistently worked.

  19. Cynthia Raines says

    What a helpful trick! I will remember that as well as I have large hands and small wrists so I have always avoided the bangles, but do like them. Also good to know about wearing only the same size so they don’t ruin each other. Regarding the clothes dryer, I do the same as you Susan, nothing of mine goes in it~ha. In the basement laundry area, I have 2 wooden standing drying racks and a 2 layer sweater drying net the size of a large pizza that I hang from the ceiling and I dry my sweaters on. I do have to iron some things, but worth it. Thanks for the great information. Happy Shopping!

    • I know, washers are so hard on clothes. I often just wash my shirts in the sink. I like clothes to stay looking new as long as possible, especially if it’s a favorite shirt/sweater.
      I have to iron a good bit in the summer since I wear a lot of cotton and linen. I so agree that it’s worth it. Nothing beats good ole cotton and linen. 🙂

  20. JoyceBinAtlanta says

    When your fingers or hands swell or feel puffy, to take off a tight bangle or ring, hold your hand above your head for 12 to 15 minutes to bring down the swelling. Whatever you do while trying to remove a ring especially, don’t keep twisting it and making your finger swell further. At home, I’ve found liquid dishwashing soap works best – but remember to plug the drain! Pretty bracelets, Susan. I know you’ll enjoy wearing them this summer.

  21. Juanita in OH says

    Oh, Susan! I agonized through the entire process, I held my breath when you had the photo of the bangle around the widest part of your hand, lol. I was with you every step of the way. The information you shared is priceless!
    I definitely will remember about the Windex, I too thought of My Big Fat Greek Wedding as soon as Rosie mentioned it. The bracelets are simply gorgeous, classic and look great on you. TFS

    • lol Thanks, Juanita! I was so scared when I first did it in the store. I know I looked shocked when it actually worked! Ha! Yeah, I’m so glad to know that Windex trick. I need to buy some just to have it on hand in case I ever need it.

  22. Because of a very small wrist; I don’t wear bracelets at all and even finding a watch that fits me is a feat in itself however I will be storing this tip in my ‘memory bank’ .. :). Thanks so much Susan and I am loving your new bracelet. -Brenda-
    P.S.: On the subject of rings; something I did discover when having one designed for my daughter and not knowing her exact sizing the associate asked me if she was similar in build as I was and the answer being a ‘yes’ I was told we in all likelihood had the same ring size. To conclude; it ended up to be a perfect fit!

  23. ~Susan~
    Thank you! Thank you !! I have a bracelet I love, but getting it on and off is a bear grrrr. I will definitely try this magic trick ,hehe. Isn’t it odd having small wrist with boxy hands?! And in the summer what a big difference, even my shoes are tight some days!
    Your new bracelet is very pretty ! I still have my eyes on the “H” bangle 🙂

  24. p.s.
    I wanted to say where I go for my manicures, one of the gals wears a Jade bracelet she said will never come off unless cut off, because she always wore it and her hand grew to big .!!

    • Oh my gosh! I can’t imagine never, ever being able to take off a bracelet. Seems like after a while her arm would get sore. I have a few favorites that I will sometimes wear for a few days in a row and occasionally even sleep in, but after a few days, it has to come off. Wonder if she has ever tried the hose trick!

  25. This is the same idea to use when choosing a jade bangle bracelet. When I bought my jade bangle in Shanghai the salesgirl used a plastic bag over my hand and the bangle slipped right on. I just keep the little plastic bag in the silk pouch the bangle came in for slipping on and off.

  26. OMG ! i just discovered this little story of yours about the bangles. I just bought and sent back a beautiful Hermes bangle because i could NOT get it over my knuckles. then i saw your posting about this.

    I have tiny wrist… its 5 1/2 inches… but hands are too big. lol I had NOOO idea you could use this trick to fit the bangle !

    I have called them and they are sending it back to me…. I will try again with
    your trick. I hope it works because i was SOOOO disappointed to have to send the bracelet back. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

    Thanks SOOO much for posting this because i would never have known it might be possible to me to wear a 65 instead of the 70 ( which HANGS on my wrist and looks terrible)

    i see this is an old post…. i hope you read this.
    thanks again.

    • Ann, I hope it works! I would never have believed for a moment that I could get my hand through that 65, either. I have tiny wrists, but apparently bigger hands. lol Like you, I didn’t want the 70 because it would have driven me nuts sliding all up and down my skinny arm/wrist.
      Try it with a couple of different hose, the more sheer slippery, the better it works. Cotton type knee-highs that are kinda thick don’t work as well. So choose a sheer, slippery hose or knee-high.
      Also, don’t get scared as you’re doing it. I had a fear I’d get it on and not be able to get it back off, but if you can get it on, you can definitely get it off. I had my Sales Associate cheering me own, not sure I’d have had the nerve to do it if it hadn’t been for her. Let me know if it works!
      Which bangle did you get? I love Hermes bangles! ♥

  27. thanks for getting back to me…. i choose the black tohu boho wide bangle because it had paris written on it.( one of my favorite places in the world) lol I also picked a lovely green print one as well. but i have to tell you…. i had ALREADY bought the size 70 bangle in the tohu boho…. i have it now….. and its SOOO BIG that it just hangs on my wrist. the place i got it from won’t take it back so I guess i will have to consign it after i get the 65 in mail. they just sent it back to me today…. along with a 65 in the lovely green print.

    BUT! just in case the 65 won’t fit… i also ordered the green print in the 70 !
    I love the pattern SOOO MUCH i didnt want to take a chance that if i couldn’t make the 65 fit…. i would lose out on the green print in the 70.

    so basically what i have done is order 4 bracelets to see which 2 i will keep.
    i really hope you are right…. i hope i can make the 65 work because really…. the 70 is just waaaay to big.

    i already bought a pair of microfiber knee highs…. if that doesn’t work… i will sew up a satin sleeve to use…. now THAT is some slippery fabric. lol

    i’ll let you know how things go…. i should have the bangles by wednesday.

    thanks for your help.

    • The hose really works well because it isn’t bulky and kinda conforms to your hand and arm the way it would a foot/leg. Yes, definitely let me know how it goes. I have to look up the green one you mentioned…green is my favorite color! Do you remember the name of it?
      I purchased an Evelyne bag in Etoupe the day before my birthday, a birthday gift to myself. 🙂 Since then, I’ve really gotten into the twillys. I have the Brides de Gala twilly on there for February since it has hearts on it. Hermes is so addictive…in a good way. lol
      I bet you won’t have any trouble selling the 70 that you can’t return. I bet you’ll be able to wear the 65 since your wrist is even smaller than mine…so your hand is probably smaller, too. After you put the hose on, as you slide the bracelet over your hand, wiggle it back and forth, back and forth so you’re rocking it side to side as you push it over your hand. That works way better than just trying to push the whole bracelet over your hand at once. And when you get to the widest part of your hand, just gently push inward where your thumb connects to your hand and the other side near your little finger. That helps a lot, too. After you do it a couple of times, it’s really easy after that. I can often now do it without a hose, especially in the winter. In the summer when the humidity is higher and our skin is moister, I need the hose.

  28. I dont remember the name of the green print bangle. i love the Hermes bangles…. all of Hermes stuff is addictive. i have not yet bought any bags but i have my eye on one that i like…. but i am just not sure yet exactly what color i want.

    thanks for the advice on how to put on the bangle…. i hope that microfiber
    sock will be good enough…. but if not…. i am prepared to get whatever kind of material i need to make this work.

    i wanted to ask you…. do you have any problems putting the bangle on in the summer months when the weather is really warm? My fingers get alot bigger in the hot summer months ….and my rings nearly fall off in colder weather in winter.
    I am wondering about my wrist… if it will also react that way.

    you know…. its so weird…. not only do i have a small wrist…. but i have very small hand too… and YET ! my knuckles are TOO big to allow the 65 to go over them. i am praying this works…. it just HAS to work. lol

    thanks again for your help. i cant wait for the bracelets to get here.

    • No, I have the same issue with my fingers in the summer, but not my arm or wrist, so I don’t think you’ll see that happen. The only thing is in the summer, the humidity is pretty high and I don’t run the air as low as most people do since I’m so cold-natured, so it really helps to have the hose to use for summer when our skin is just naturally more humid. And they are a tad easier to put on in the morning, don’t really need the hose now that I know how to do it. But the hose definitely helps as the day wears on and I eat foods that have salt in them. If the microfiber sock is even slightly thick, I would recommend buying a cheap pair of knee-highs someplace. You want the slipperiness of the hose/knee-high, but without adding any bulk/thickness. Hope that makes sense. So if the microfiber sock adds any thickness at all, I wouldn’t use it.

  29. i have a cheap pair of hose but they are not slippery enough. these microfiber ones are very thin and more slippery. but i won’t know if
    they work till i get to try it. thats OK…. i am committed to trying to make this work…. i’ll find whatever material i need to do the job.

    like you….. i just cant even imagine how this bracelet is going to fit …. but i am going to do my best to make it work. when i saw part of your hand thru the bracelet in the first pic…. i just gasped ! thats exactly how the bracelet looked on my hand…. it fit just about that far down and no further.

    you have made me a believer…. i believe i can do this….
    its just GOT to work! lol
    we’ll see on wednesday.

  30. I just got the 2 65 the post…. and OMG! IT WORKED !!!!
    I can’t believe it but the slippery sock helped them go right on !
    and they look GREAT !
    Thank you SOOOO MUCH for posting this because if not for you…. I would have been stuck with those larger bangles !
    I’m SOOO HAPPY I can wear the right size for my wrist !
    but WHO KNEW ? LOL

    thanks again…. you’re an ANGEL !

    • Yay!!! I felt the exact same way, Ann, when it went over my hand, so I know just how you feel. I was doing a happy dance! 🙂 Congrats on your new bracelets!

  31. you know…. its AMAZING that it works…. its so small and yet… if you squish your hand the right way in a slippery material…. it works beautifully.
    BUT ! … that said…. I would not want to take it off and on more than once.
    in other words… put it on for the day and take it off for the day.

    my hand was kind of sore for bit after i put them on one at a time… then took them off. so that was 4 times squishing my hand down.

    I guess it will get easier as i learn more how to put them on… but i am SOOO HAPPY they fit !

    now i am gonna be on the lookout for 65’s that i like.
    they are all lovely but… i only like to buy what speaks to me.

    thanks again so much for your help !

    • You are very welcome! Ann, as you’re sliding the bracelet over, wiggle it from side to side so you’re not pushing the whole thing at once over your hand. You may have done it that way, but just wanted to mention in case. Yeah, squishing your hand in a little on either side really does help. I’m so happy I can wear a 65 because a 70 would have looked ridiculous on my arm. Glad it worked! 🙂

  32. i found a pic of the green floral bracelet that i bought. this one is currently on eBay for alot more than i paid for mine.

    its not really floral …. it looks like some kind Italian beads i have seen before… but i love it. It actually looks better in the gold metal but…since i wear alot of white metal…. i was OK with it.

    If anyone is interested in the large version of this bracelet… in gold metal…. i am returning the one i got from the real real. its beautiful…. but its a 70.
    they should have it back up for sale next week.

    anyway… thanks for the help…. you are now going to cost me ALOT more money than i want to spend because i am going to want MORE of these! lol

  33. Susan… thats a lovely choice. The colors are beautiful.
    and YES….. they can be kind of dressy depending on the design…but really….. even with jeans or a casual dress… why not wear one?

    The gold would make it more dressy…. i wear alot of white metal… so it doesn’t really come off as too dressy in the palladium.

    I say wear what you like… life is too short to save these lovely little printed enamel bracelets for just dressy occasions. that one with the bunny, birds and flowers…. you can wear that one anywhere.
    I hope you get it.
    i wouldn’t wear them all the time… but HEY ! Hermès will recondition them for you if they need it. i already checked.

    i believe in wearing all my things…. after all…..its why i have them. lol

  34. It has been mentioned briefly, but I will add my two cents! When traveling in Egypt, I purchased a bracelet made from the bone of a camel. It looked far too small, and the tent seller didn’t have a larger one. This was so beautiful, and it would remind me of the camel ride at the pyramids. The young man gave me a simple shopping bag to slip thru the bracelet….I was so surprised it worked, and by slipping the bag between the bracelet and my arm, it came off just as easily. So, if you prefer carrying a knee high fine, but quite often, I just leave my purse behind in a hotel safe and tuck my lipstick in husband’s pocket, and a seller always hasn’t a bag to use!

  35. Thank you so much… as a plus size, thus having these big hands ever since, I never give those beautiful bangles a glance for I know I’ll be just frustrated in the end… I believe this tip will work for me too.

  36. This is brilliant Susan! I have large hands (and wrists) and wear the bangles my tiny mother gave me, every day. They’re snug, but I’ve learned how to get them on and off. Except some days, it’s not very comfortable. Now I know what to do! 🙂 Thanks!

  37. What should I do if the bangle is already on my hand and the method to take it off does not work, but the bangle is not an immediate danger since it is not cutting off my blood circulation?

    • Kari, try using dishwashing liquid on your arm. I’ve heard from several jewelers that’s how they often get rings off. If you the dishwashing liquid doesn’t work, you may have go to an emergency room and have it cut off. If the dishwashing liquid doesn’t work, call a good jewelry store in your area and ask for suggestions. They may know some more tricks for getting it off. Let me know what you end up doing, would love to know how you get it off.

  38. Thanks girls says

    I am truly big boned, have always been since a kid: 5’5″ 118″ wide width shoes, I have a very wide skeleton. My hand circumference is 23 cm! :-/ That’ 9 inches!!! Though your wrist looks gigantic compared to mine: I’m only 6.1! I’ve always been embarassed by such tiny wrists compared to large hands but today I like my small wrists. Still, I want to buy a wood bangle and it says it’s 2.5 diameter across. What size do I need please if my hand 23 cm with thumb measured? (I measured in the dark, initially had read 33cm, LOL!) Please help. Thanks!

    • Umm, I’m not sure. I was able to get a bangle with the inside width of 2-3/8″ over my 8-inch wide hand, so you may be able to finesse the wood bangle over your hand with the use of a sheer hose, but I’m really not sure. I measured my hand using the diagram I found at the Hermes website.
      You may want to try Googling the phrase, “what size bangle fits over a 9 inch hand” and see if there are any other charts out there for reference.
      According to the Hermes chart, my 8 inch hand was a bit too wide to fit through one of their 65 width bangles, but I was able to do make it work.

      • Thanks girls says

        Thanks. I don’t understand America: the largest ratio of morbidly obese women, the average women are very fat and for the past 30+ years it’s near impossible to find wide width shoes and jewelry that fits (I’m only 118 lbs!) And my fingers don’t look fat either just big boned and good luck finding rings size 9! (I only like wearing rings on my index finger, rarely thumb, both size 9). I have very fleshy fingers, muscular from typing a lot. No fat hands, you can see the bones back of my hands when I type. >..<

        Sorry for the rant anyway I have decided to buy a wood cuff or a large hinged wood bangle. But no one is selling any LOL!

        • Well, one good thing, maybe having bigger bones, you won’t suffer with osteoporosis like so many women do later in life. That would be great if it worked that way. A cuff does sound like the easier way to go and you won’t have to worry about squeezing it on and off each time.

      • Thanks girls says

        That is the weirdest thing. Middle of my comment was truncated by the system (but not the end!) even though I copied it before hitting send so it was there. Here’s the rest: I wonder how women like Brooke Shields or even Sigourney Weaver managed. I sure don’t look like them. I’m not built like a football player, I’m only size M and 5’5″ just really big boned. Big boned doesn’t mean fat, of course, not! It means I have a super large frame and the bones are huge! :-/ Such is my luck. I have big everything (lips before they were popular to be pumped, eyebrows since back when everyone had skinny ones, nose, cheeks, eyes, everything is large on me.) I wouldn’t hate it if it weren’t for stupid manufacturers. What exactly do fat women do??? I’ve seen many fat women buy normal shoes, like they squeeze them fat feet into narrow width shoes! Even when I buy pants, for my size the legs are tents because my hips are broad but my legs are slender and muscular so when I find jeans my size, on the model they’re skinny and I receive tree trunks for legs >.<

        then I ended with what got italicized above. I wonder if it was gonna get truncated again? anyway thanks

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