Piercing, Septum, rings, we tell you everything about nose jewelry!
You are in love with nose jewelry? You can’t decide? You hesitate on the diameters of drilling, on which nostril to choose? Piercing, stud, septum? Relax and follow the guide, we tell you everything you would like to know to help you decide!
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Nose jewelry: what is the meaning?
As you know, we are fond of anecdotes about the world’s jewelry. Jewelry has a history and nose jewelry has a beautiful history! In India and in the Middle East, it is a jewel that exacerbates femininity! Sometimes worn as an ode to the Karmic beauty of women, sometimes as a tribute to Parvati, the goddess of marriage, the nose piercing is in some Indian castes a token of the wealth of the bride-to-be. Worn as the final point of a real ornament, the nose rings are connected to the ear, but also to head jewels making at the time of the wedding ceremony display of the fortune of a girl of good family! In India, women rather pierce the left nostril, the latter being associated according to Ayurveda with the female genitalia.
In other regions of the world, like the aborigines of Australia, it is an ethnic jewel worn by men as a warrior attribute! It is the same for the American Indians, for whom the piercing of the septum was practiced.
In our western societies, its material considerations seem to you sometimes far away and the interest of the nasal piercing could appear purely aesthetic. And well imagine that the wearing of the buckle of nose assumes for some a sense which could surprise you well! A buckle, a ring, a nail in the nostril would be a wink repressed to an influence of the parental figure on the personality of the one who wears it! Not surprisingly, the left nostril is linked to the image of the mother and the right nostril to that of the father! Positive or negative, we let you give us your feedback!
Septum, stud, ring: Which nose ring to choose?
Nose piercings are the second most common piercing in the world after earlobe piercings, and well before navel piercings. There are 3 types of nose piercings:
The piercing in the nostril
The most frequent, in the right or left nostril, it goes from the very common small shiny stone on the nostril sober and discreet and can be very classy, to the small silver or gold ball pierced in the fold of the nose, to piercings that can be more imposing and more original. The recommended piercing diameter is generally 0.8 mm, the same as for the piercing of classic earrings. As far as pain is concerned, since it is important to talk about it before doing a piercing, the piercing of the nose, if it is a little more unpleasant than the one of the lobe, is not necessarily more painful. It must obviously be done under strict hygiene rules and by a seasoned professional and depends on the sensitivity to pain of each person. The healing time for this type of piercing is generally 4 to 6 weeks.
Nose rings or loops
Technically, this is the same piercing as for a nose stud or chip. It is a silver, steel or gold ring that encircles the edge of the nostril. There are different diameters of nose rings, depending on the visual effect you are looking for, but also on the distance your nostril is pierced. Nose ring piercing is done at 0.8 mm, 1 mm or 1.2 mm, depending on the ring you choose. Keep in mind that the larger the diameter of the piercing, the more visible the hole will be once the ring is removed. As for pain and healing time, since it is the same piercing, they are identical.
This one is different from the other two, since it consists in piercing the nasal septum separating the two nostrils, at the base of the nose, therefore, above the upper lip. The septum being in reality the cartilage that delimits the nasal septum, it is in fact an abuse of language, since it is generally not the cartilage that is pierced, but the flesh (and the skin) that covers the cartilage in its lower part. The drilling diameter usually starts at 1.2 mm, but it is frequently 1.6 mm. It is important to know that, as for the earlobes, this region of the body can be “stretched”, that is to say that it can be worked on to mechanically increase the diameter of the hole by inserting larger and larger piercings or spacers. The nose being a very innervated region, the pain when piercing can be quite severe but this again depends on the sensitivity of the individual. The healing time is more important than for nostril piercings, since it can go from one month and a half to three months. The septum piercing will allow you to put on different types of piercings, rings or loops with captive balls, but also barbells, that is to say a bar that crosses the nostril with balls on both sides
The bridge: Piercing at the top of the nose
It is a less known and rather delicate piercing since it is a superficial piercing inserted in the skin on both sides of the nose in its high part, at the limit of the orbital cavities (the eye). This original piercing gives the impression of crossing the nose, but it is not. It is in fact two piercings made opposite each other on both sides of the nose, providing this deceptive view. Being a surface piercing, that is to say in the skin, the rejections are frequent, which certainly explains why bridges are not very widespread.
Nose piercing: For women or for men?
We have seen that culturally, historically, and geographically, nose piercing was worn by women but could also be done by men. The fashion of the body-jewelry came to reinforce this mix. The modern men do not hesitate any more to wear nose rings, in the nostril or in septum. Some rock figures, Lenny Kravitz in particular, have contributed to democratize the wearing of nose piercing among men. Gentlemen, if you are tempted, do not hesitate, you are not alone!