Determine where you would like it to sit.
Using a tape measure, measure your ankle at this point.
Add about 1/2 inch to this measurement. This should be your correct size.
(For example, if your measurement is 9.5 inches, you should select a 10 inch size.)
Wrap a necklace or string around your ankle, draping naturally, the way you would like it to fit.
Mark the two points where the necklace meets and measure this distance.
This is the length that you should choose.
If you are in-between sizes, round up to the closest available size.
We offer all sizes from 9 inch x-small to 14 inch plus sizes in 1/2 inch increments. Bracelets are available 8.5 inches and down if you are very petite and want a XX-Small anklet.
When buying a gift, try measuring an anklet the recipient already has, or simply use the sizing suggestions in the pull-down bar on each product page, i.e., 10 inches is considered a woman's medium, 10.5 is large, 11 is x-large, etc. (Add 1/2 inch for a man.)
Which ankle should I wear it on?
There is generally no special meaning for wearing either on the left or right side. It was our experience selling at arts and craft shows that most people choose their right side. (Maybe because most people are right-handed?)
Why do people wear anklets?
There is apparently a history in India of unmarried women, out of custom, adorning their ankles. There are also traditions in parts of the Middle East. In the West, they generally do not convey any hidden meaning, and are chosen for their style and beauty.
OK, so can I wear them on the beach, swimming, surfing?
Non-pearl, non-organic beads hold up better in salt or chlorine water than do organics. Gemstone, sterling silver and crystal/glass are the best choices, but try to avoid soft stones like turquoise and lapis. Hard stones, like jade, amethyst, garnet, and onyx, are the most durable. We use clasps with spring mechanisms that lock shut to avoid falling off.