Nose Piercing Jewelry Types

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Nose Piercing Jewelry Types
Different styles of jewellery can be worn in nose piercings. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Nose piercings are one of the most common facial piercings worn today, according to Easy Body Jewelry. The tradition of having a nose piercing has roots in Indian, Middle Eastern and African cultures, but it is common in America today. Nose piercings include nostril piercings and septum piercings. There are different styles of jewellery for these types of piercings to help people celebrate personal style and tastes.

Nose Studs

Nose or nostril studs are composed of a simple straight barbell with a rounded end that is inserted from outside the nostril. The rounded end that is inside the nose is designed to keep the jewellery from falling out. The part of the nose stud that can be seen on the outside of the nostril can be a simple metallic ball or shape, such as a star or heart. Nose studs can also be decorated with a gemstone.

Nostril Screws

Another option for nose piercing jewellery is a nostril screw. The difference between a nostril screw and a nose stud is that the part of the jewellery that is inside of the nose on a screw is bent into a C-shape or an L-shape. The curving of the jewellery makes it less likely that the jewellery will come out of the piercing. Nostril screws must be inserted into the nostril and then twisted to stay in place. Nostril screws can also be purchased in different metals, with gemstones, or with spikes.

Hoop Nose Rings

Hoop nose ring jewellery is another choice for nose piercings. As the name implies, this style of jewellery looks like a hoop around the side of the nostril even though the two ends are not connected. Hoop nose rings have one smooth side and one end that has a flat ball on the other. The smooth end is inserted into the piercing from inside the nose and pulled around until the flat end reaches the hole. The flat end inside the piercing is what helps keep the jewellery in place, since the hoop nose ring is not a complete circle. Hoop nose rings are available in a variety of colours or simple gold, titanium or surgical stainless steel.

Nose Piercing Jewelry Types
Hoop nose rings are another option for nostril piercings. (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Septum Jewelry

A septum piercing, or bull nose piercing, is when the area just under the septum at the base of the nose, not the cartilage, is pierced. Different styles of jewellery can be worn in this piercing, as with nostril piercings. A horseshoe barbell is one type. This horseshoe-shaped ring has a removable bead on each end. One ball is removed and inserted through the piercing. Once in place, the ball is screwed back on the jewellery. People also wear captive bead rings in septum piercings. This type of jewellery is held in place by the pressure of the metal ring against a ball. Metal septum retainers are another choice for people who need to hide their piercing for work. A retainer is shaped like a staple and flipped up into the nose where it can't be seen.

Nose Piercing Jewelry Types
A horseshoe barbell is one option for septum piercing jewellery. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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