Nose studs are jewellery with a long history. In India they have been a common sight for thousands of years, but have only recently made the jump into mainstream fashion in the West. Much less obtrusive than rings, barbels, and septum piercings, nose studs are the only type of nasal piercing that is sometimes acceptable in an office or business environment. There are three basic types of nose stud to choose from, each of which is made in several materials.
These studs do not have a backing plate. Instead, they have a screw-shaped pin that is inserted through the piercing hole with a turning motion. Once screwed in, the curve of the pin holds the stud in with no need for a backing. These can be quite uncomfortable to insert and remove, especially in the case of new piercings.
These studs are mounted on a simple, straight metal pin. This makes them easy to insert and remove. Some straight-pin nose studs have backings to hold themselves in place, but many do not, instead relying on pressure from the flesh of the nostril.
Magnetic Nose Studs
Magnetic nose studs do not require a piercing at all. They consist of a magnetic backing and a metal stud. The backing is placed inside the nostril and holds the stud down when the stud is laid against the exterior skin. These types of studs are vulnerable to sliding around the nose, since they do not have a piercing hole to grip.
Stainless steel studs
Surgical-grade stainless steel is the material least likely to cause rejection or a skin reaction, especially in people with new piercings.
Gold and Titanium Studs
Both gold and titanium, while more expensive than steel, are also acceptable for piercings. The gold must be solid, not gold-plated, and white gold should be avoided since it contains nickel that often causes skin irritations.
Sterling Silver Studs
Although cheaper, silver is not a good choice for piercings. The black tarnish from the jewellery can rub off on the skin and stain it permanently. It should never be worn in any piercing in a moist area, which usually includes the nose.
Teflon and nylon are both materials that studs can be made of to suit people whose skin reacts badly to metal.