Nose piercings are next only to ear piercings in terms of popularity, and for good reason. Nose rings are quite attractive and make for a definitive fashion statement, and nose rings have been part of the culture in many different countries for centuries – not just for aesthetic reasons, but for symbolic reasons, too. Nose rings are still as popular today as they were centuries ago, and more individuals are choosing to get nose rings as a statement of their personality. But there are different kinds of nose rings, and the ring you choose can range from exotic to pretty to non-conforming – you can basically choose any kind of ring you fancy, as long as it fits your personality and sense of style. And when it comes to nose piercings, you can choose from different kinds of piercings as well. So, are you thinking of having a nose piercing? Here’s your best guide.
The kind of piercing
As mentioned, there are different kinds of nose piercings, but the most common is the nostril piercing. Lots of people go for nostril piercings, and you can see them virtually anywhere nowadays. You can choose to have a nostril piercing on the left or right nostril, according to your preference, and a common kind of jewelry suitable for nostril piercings is either a nose ring or a stud, which is placed above or just at the curve of the nostril.
The second most common kind of nose piercing is the septum piercing, which is in the area at the bottom of the nose between the nostrils. If you are thinking of getting a septum piercing, make sure the piercer knows the best place to pierce, which is where there is none or hardly any cartilage. In regard to jewelry for septum piercings, you can opt for a simple ring, a circular barbell, a bead ring, or other designs. Another kind of nose piercing is the high nostril piercing, where the highest point of the nostril is pierced, right before the nose’s bridge. Since the piercing is done on the nose’s thickest part, you’ll need a skilled piercer for this as well. For this kind of piercing, jewelry such as studs and nostril screws work well.
The kinds of jewelry for nose piercings
There is one popular misconception about jewelry for nose piercings – not all are rings, in fact, but jewelry comes in different forms. There is the circular barbell, for instance, as well as the nostril screw, the captive bead ring, the nose stud or pin, the L-shaped nose pin, and, as you may already know, the typical and immensely popular nose ring or hoop.
The typical nose ring or hoop is a long and seamless ring which can easily fit into the piercing’s hole; for this, you can opt for a simple ring, but you can also choose one with a gemstone, such as turquoise, pink coral, white opal, blue opal, garnet, and black onyx.
The curved barbell is also called a bent barbell or a banana bar, and it’s another type of ring which is ideal for a septum piercing. You can thread the curved barbell through the piercing’s hole by unscrewing the barbells or balls on the ends. Fixed bead or captive rings, on the other hand, are a combination of the barbell and the typical nose ring, and although these are also popular, bear in mind that they can be difficult to remove.
It’s essential to choose the best piercing (and nose ring) according to what you prefer, and if you are a beginner, it’s best to start with a simple piercing of the nostril. And if you want jewelry that’s less complicated, the nose ring is also a good choice since it is easier to clean compared to other jewelry.
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