The best nose studs

Updated November 21, 2016

Nose rings are also referred to as pins, bones and studs. A U-shaped stud is considered better than an L-shaped stud because it threads itself through the piercing resulting in a better fit. U-shaped studs are also better when the piercing is in the process of healing. There are a variety of factors to keep in mind when choosing the best nose stud.

What to Avoid

Avoid buying nose studs that are made of cheap alloys because the material may irritate your skin and delay the healing process if you just had your nose pierced. Select a nose stud that is either titanium or stainless steel because these materials are biocompatible, which means they will not harm your skin. Sterling silver studs can tarnish, causing skin discolouration that is permanent as well as irritation to the skin. Before you purchase a nose stud, determine if the metal post has been polished. If not, it may cause discomfort when you put it in. Cheap nose studs can turn green or brown in a few weeks so avoid them as well.


When you first get your nose pierced, opt for titanium steel or surgical steel instead of gold because you may have a reaction to a gold nose stud. If you have sensitive skin, your choice of material is especially important.


If you are getting a diamond nose stud, or any nose stud, pick one that complements your face and your lifestyle. If you have a small nose, a big (3 pt .diamond) may be too big for you. On the other hand, if you have a large nose, a 1 pt. diamond stud might not be noticeable at all.

Does It Look Good?

Hold the stud up to your face before you purchase it. Do you like the colour next to your skin? Pick one that is flattering to your complexion.


The post, which is also referred to as the nail, secures the ring to you nose and is the foundation of the nose ring. The metal of the post is in contact with your skin at all times, so buy a quality stud. Post styles include right or left nostril screws, nose bones and a straight fish tail.

Nostril or Septum

Consider exactly where you are going to have the nose pierced and the stud inserted. You may opt to pierce the nostril or the septum. Nostril studs must be long enough to allow for some swelling, which will occur initially. The septum is the cartilage that is located near the front of the tip of the nose and is what separates the nostrils. Septum cartilage is tougher to pierce than nostril cartilage.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.