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Nose Piercings

Nostril & Septum Piercing


Wearing a nose rings is a great way to add a little something to your style; it’s fashionable yet discreet – the perfect type of understated piercing in a business environment. Whether you choose you chose to pierce your nostril, the fleshy portion of your nose or the septum, the small area of soft flesh in the front of the cartilage in the center of your nose, it’s a great look.




Nose Piercing


The most common jewelry used during initial nose piercings is a screw twist made of high quality surgical steel. Captive bead rings and circular barbells are often used, as well. Those that feature a small ball on the end are preferable; however, a small prong or bezel set gemstone is becoming more common. Avoid anything with glue on it because it interferes with the sterilization process.


The standard size for a nose piercing is 20G; however, your piercer will pierce with a large needle (up to 14G) to allow for better healing. Never use jewelry smaller than recommended by your piercer, as there is more risk of rejection, tearing, and migration.

The length of screw twist jewelry will be 1/4-inch wearable length. This accommodates swelling and gives the piercing room to be cleaned easily.

If you’re getting pierced with a CBR or circular barbell, it should measure 5/16-inch or 3/8-inch.

Placement: Your piercer will mark the location of the piercing so you can see if you are happy with the placement. Once you’ve agreed, it’s time to pierce.

Your Piercing is Healed. Now What?


You followed all the advice and you’re completely healed. Now for the fun part - shopping for jewelry to adorn your awesome piercing!


Remember when we talked about body jewelry sizes? It’s still important. You want to look for 20G and 18G nose ring jewelry with a wearable length of 1/4-inch.


Most nose rings have a barbell made from either 316L surgical steel, titanium, gold, glass, or bioplast (acrylic). The reason for this is that these materials are more pure and tend to have fewer additives that your body can react to.

Cost considerations: We have a large range of nose rings ranging from around $1.99 and up to several hundred dollars for high quality 14K gold diamond and genuine birthstone studs. Don’t think that diamond and gold nose rings are out of your price range, though. They start around $25.00 and go up from there.

Important: Never use a standard earring for a nostril piercing, as they are typically 22G, and can cause a piercing to migrate and heal improperly. Also, the length is too long, which can damage the cartilage and scratch delicate nose tissue.


  Nostril Piercing Jewelry Styles
Nose Ring Twist Screw Twist Screws: This type of nose ring stays securely in the nose, while providing a flush fit against the skin. It’s the most common type of nose ring for those reasons. There are a wide variety of styles available, which means that there’s something for everyone.
Nose Ring Bone Nose Bones: Nose bones are a post with adornment on one side and a small ball that is a slightly larger diameter than the post on the other side. When worn, it doesn’t fall out because of the small ball. Like a twist screw, they have a flush fit. These are best for healed piercings. While not for everybody, there is a loyal fan base of nose bone-lovers that swear by the look and the comfort.
Nose Ring Fishtail L-Shape / Fishtail: L-shaped nose rings have a straight post with adornment on the end that is bent at a 90-degree angle. Fishtails are similar; however, you or your piercer can bend them for a custom fit. They have similar adornment as the twist screws and nose bones.
Nose Ring Hoop


Nose Ring Hoops: Nose ring hoops are round jewelry that is placed in the nostril piercing. They tend to be more noticeable than a stud.

Nose Piercing Retainer Piercing Retainers: Piercing retainers are a necessity for anyone who needs hide a nose ring. Discreet, clear dental-grade acrylic keeps your piercing open, yet you can hardly tell you have one. Perfect for those occasions when body piercing jewelry is not always welcome!




Septum Piercing


You will likely be pierced with a circular barbell, pincher, retainer, or CBR. It’s important that the jewelry is made of high quality metal, as wood, bone, and plastic should be reserved for only healed piercings. Circular barbells, pinchers, and retainers allow you to flip the jewelry into your nostril, which will allow you to keep your piercing hidden. Captive barbells don’t give you that luxury.

Septums are typically pierced at 12 or 14G, but no less than 16G – anything smaller than a 16G is way too small. You can eventually stretch your septum larger if it’s healed, but it’s a permanent modification as it won’t shrink back to its original size like an ear piercing.


Your Septum Piercing is Healed. Now What?

Woo hoo! Your septum has fully healed.. Now for the fun part - shopping for new septum jewelry!


Jewelry options for septum piercings are seemingly endless. You can use a variety of sizes (no smaller than 14G, though) and many different types of materials after the initial healing period. Common materials used for these piercings are surgical steel, titanium, 14K gold, acrylic, glass, natural stone, and even wood.


Cost consideration: You can find jewelry as low as $1.99 for basic surgical steel items such as CBRs, circular barbells, and curved barbells; however, the price definitely goes up for pieces made of finer metals like gold, stone, and wood. Other affordable options are acrylic and glass.

  Septum Jewelry Styles
CBR Septum Captive Bead Rings (CBRs): CBR’s are great for septum piercings, as they come in a huge variety of gauges and lengths, as well as shapes and adornment. They are also very secure. CBRs are a little difficult to close; however, the effort is worth it. They offer a bold look.
Circular Septum Circular Barbells / Curved: Circular barbells and curved barbells offer the same variety of gauges and lengths as the CBR; however, they aren’t complete circles. They are also known as horseshoes as that is what they resemble. Curved barbells are similar to circular barbells but shorter. These are a great option for septum piercings because you can flip them up into your nose and discreetly hide them.
Septum Cresent Crescents / Pinchers: Available in a variety of sizes and styles, these look great in a septum piercing. They are definitely more noticeable than a CBR or circular barbell, though.
Septum Retainer Piercing Retainers: Piercing retainers are a necessity for anyone who needs hide a nose ring. Discreet, clear dental-grade acrylic keeps your piercing open, yet you can hardly tell you have one. Perfect for those occasions when body piercing jewelry is not always welcome!