All About Cuff Bracelets

How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet

A cuff bracelet is one that does not close on the wrist but simply rests on the wrist with a gap or open area on the inside of the wrist. Unlike bangles (closed circles) cuff bracelets are worn low on the wrist bone rather than pushed up the forearm. Hold the cuff in your opposite hand with the opening facing out. Gently roll the bracelet over the wrist from the thumb side or inside of your wrist just above the wrist bone. DO NOT hook the cuff on the outside of the wrist and pull it over the top of the wrist. This actually pulls the cuff out of shape and loosens the stones. In time, you could break the cuff due to metal fatigue. Always start at the thumb side of your wrist. Cuffs usually only need to be adjusted once and not bent each time.

How to Determine the Size

The best way to get a good fit is to measure a cuff bracelet you already have that fits you well and look for a bracelet with those dimensions. The total circumference is the inside measurement of the bracelet from end to end plus the gap (the distance between the ends). If you don't have a cuff bracelet to use for comparison, then measure your wrist where you want to wear the bracelet.

How to Adjust Cuff Bracelets

Please read this entire section before making any adjustments. Many cuff bracelets are adjustable. They can be opened or closed up to about a 1/4 inch larger or smaller. Do not put the bracelet on your wrist and squeeze it. Squeezing the cuff puts all of the stress on the center of the bracelet and can weaken it. The types that are NOT easily adjustable are those that are made from very thick, heavy metal or those with inlaid stones across the entire front and sides. Be very careful when you adjust it so you don't make it an odd shape or damage it. If you bend an area of your bracelet where there is a stone or inlay, you might pop out the stones.

It’s really quite simple. With the bracelet off of your wrist, encircle one hand firmly over the last stone on one end of the bracelet and make your adjustment by bending this portion of the bracelet. Bend gently and adjust a little each time. Do the same on the other side. Remember, some bracelets are not adjustable at all. Those that have stones or inlay all of the way to the ends are not considered adjustable. Those that are made of very heavy silver would be very difficult to bend and are considered not adjustable.

We Can Help

If you have any questions about adjusting your bracelet, please email or call our customer service team and we will help you. We will adjust it for you before shipping it if you send us your wrist measurement in the comments section of your order.


Cuff bracelets have a long history in jewelry design. Cuffs are considered to be the traditional style in handcrafted Native American jewelry. They are comfortable to wear and easy to put on and take off. We hope you enjoy owning an American classic.