Archive for Nose Piercings
When someone says “nose piercing” they’re usually referring to the body modification that is pierced and rests in the curve of one of the nostrils. Depending on where you find yourself culturally, “nose piercing” can take on a more general meaning and can refer to piercings such as the septum or the bridge of the nose. This broad sense of the term is also found when referring to the jewelry as a “nose ring” because this term is commonly used to reference any piece of jewelry worn in the nose. Besides the standard nose piercing that is simply a solitary piercing made in the natural crease of your nostril, there are a variety of other piercings that are found around the same area, including:
Double Nostril – two holes are created with the first piercing being higher than the other; requires a strategic and professional piercer due to the risk of hitting nerve structures; jewelry used are nose bones, nostril screws, l-shaped , nose hoops, circular barbells and even captive bead rings
Triple Nostril – requires more precautions in creating patterns to ensure nerve structures are not affected; most convenient jewelry used in this type are nose bones; commonly seen on the top crease of the nostril in a triangular pattern
High Nostril – jewelry is placed a few centimeters above the natural curve of the nostril crease; jewelry options for the high nostril piercing is limited to nose bones, l-shaped, and nostril screws
There are a total of five types of nose rings that are available for purchase on BodyCandy.com: the hoop, nose bone, l-shaped, nose screw, and fishtail.The first four options are worn and chosen by the wearer’s necessity or personal preference, but the fifth style – the fishtail – is customizable and can be made into any variety of the other styles. Any of the five options available can be worn based on your own preference for comfort, sizing, or aesthetics. Nose jewelry has the ability to be beautiful with the many stylistic options you have in store for your choice, but it also has the added plus of being surprisingly versatile with the many types available and the ability to customize for a perfect fit and style.
Fishtails are straight nose rings with an extra long length and are specifically made to be custom fit by a professional piercer. If you’ve been having a difficult time finding a standard nose ring that fits your nostril comfortably, then you may have the unique sizing need that is met by choosing to wear a fishtail nose ring. Because the fishtail is about 19mm, or 3/4″ long, and has no shaping or bulb to hold it in place, it can’t be worn as is. You have to take it to a piercer in order to be sized and shaped first. This type is most commonly bent into an l-shaped nose ring or some form of nose screw, but it can also be made into any other shape, including a nose hoop.
Pros: customizable size and shape
Cons: needs to be sized by a professional piercer before wearing
2. Nose Screw
The nose screw (also known as a nose stud, nose twister, or nose hook) comes down straight from the bottom of the decoration or gem setting and has a short, hooked post that goes into a small curl, which works as a backing to hold the jewelry in place and is appropriately named after the way you twist the screw into your nostril. There are right bend and left bend nose screws, so you must choose one or the other depending on which side of your nose is pierced to provide the best comfort and fit. This is probably the most popular type of nose ring available and has plenty of style options to choose from.
Pros: secure, provides flush fit against skin, wide variety of styles
Cons: may be visible in nostril, more difficult to insert into piercing
3. Nose Hoop
Nose hoops, which may be called by a variety of names depending on the geographical region or type of jewelry, will come in a variety of sizes and colors and are most often made of surgical grade stainless steel or titanium. A favorite during the nineties, this model of nose decoration has recently experienced a resurgence. Most hoops have an open end with a small flat disc on one side that rests just inside the piercing, and this style tends to be more noticeable than its studded counterparts. Hoops that are made specifically for the nostril piercing will be called a nose hoop, nose ring, or nose circular; others may choose to wear a captive ring or horseshoe circular barbell and refer to these styles are nose hoops as well. There are a number of different types of hoops available that can be used as nose rings on our site, including seamless segment rings, captive bead rings, and closure rings.
Pros: wide variety of sizes and colors, unlikely to apply pressure (good for healing), classic style
Neutral/Cons: more noticeable, less decoration/gem options
L-shaped nose rings have a shaping that appears as an uppercase “L,” hence the title, “l-shaped.” Because of the ninety-degree angle and the extension of material beyond it that rests against the inside of the nose, an l-shape will also have a fairly secure fit. It is also a much easier option to insert into your nose piercing as compared to some of the other types. The standard length of this item from the bottom of the setting to bend of the L is usually six to seven millimeters, though this may be shorter for specialty sizes.
Pros: fairly secure fit, wide variety of styles, easily made from fishtail nose rings, comes in left and right versions, easy to insert into piercing
Cons: easier to lose from nostril than other types, may be visible in nostril
5. Nose Bone
A nose bone has a short post with a decorative top that rests on the outside of your nostril and has a slightly bulbous bottom that secures the post in place in your nostril piercing. The nose bone usually has a straight piece of around six or seven millimeters in length and pops in and out of your piercing, sometimes with a little resistance due to that bump at the end. Easily removable and very comfortable, no excess material sits against the inner side of the nostril. Once inserted, the ball-shaped end will prevent the jewelry from falling out. These types of nose rings should not be used for initial or healing piercings because the bump at the end will give you plenty discomfort when you try to put it in.
Pros: provides flush fit against skin, secure fit, rarely visible in nostril, wide variety of styles
Cons: should not be used in healing piercings, may be difficult to insert into piercing at first
Alternate Style Options: Micro Nose Rings, Labrets, and Faux Hoops
Nose rings called “micro nose rings” that have extremely small ornamentation (usually a gemstone), but for the most part nose rings’ decorative tips come in three basic sizes, which are 1.5 millimeter, 2 millimeter, and 2.5 millimeter. These are great for those who have smaller noses or for those who want jewelry that is a little more discrete.Labret studs (those that are 20 gauge or 18 gauge) are a popular form of alternate starter jewelry for nostril piercings for a few reasons. The top looks like those you would see on any type of nose ring, but the bottom is secured to the top with a threaded barbell (internally threaded items will be easiest to use), so you won’t lose your jewelry as easily. Additionally, a long stud can be inserted without it awkwardly sticking out, which is tough to accomplish with the usual nostril jewelry available.
Grab the look of a hoop without straying from a stud-style. You’ll have the secure fit and decorative versatility of an l-shaped nose ring with the comfort and attention that comes from a nose hoop. A brand new addition to our nose ring collection, l-shaped faux hoop nose rings are the best of both worlds.
Do you need help figuring out what material is best for you and your nose piercing? Check out our previous blog post, which has everything you could ever hope to know about the materials used for our nose rings. If you need help with sizing, we’ve got a blog post for that too!
NEW BODY JEWELRY STYLE ALERT!!
Sick of wearing the same old studs and hoops?
Check out Body Candy’s unique take on Faux Nose Hoops:
L-shaped nose rings are an easy-to-use favorite style, but who doesn’t love something new? Try out this unique pierced nose jewelry that looks like a hoop but relies on the L-shaped post that you already love to use!
These and other styles for your nose are waiting so check them out now!
Choosing your material is just as important as figuring out your size. There are six basic materials that most nose rings will be made of: stainless steel, gold, sterling silver, titanium, bioplast, and acrylic. They can also be found in platinum, glass, and carved organic material like bone, but these media are generally more expensive and harder to come by. Some materials are better to use while healing a new piercing while others are recommended for well-established piercings or for wearing for only a short time.
14k and 18k Solid Gold (both available in white and yellow)
Solid gold jewelry is hypoallergenic and is a reliable option for those who suffer from sensitivities to certain types of metal. This type of jewelry can be sanitized by an experienced body piercing studio with access to proper equipment, as it can discolor from autoclaving. Yellow gold is especially biocompatible, but both rose gold and white gold are achieved by starting with yellow gold and adding another metal to it.
Both 14k and 18k gold are actually metal alloys that are composed of gold and other metals in order to make the gold better able to craft durable jewelry than with pure gold alone. The karat weight (k) is a reference to the percentage of pure gold contained in the jewelry. The higher grades, such as 24k, are actually risky to wear in piercings due to the higher gold content that makes the jewelry more malleable.
When buying 18k or 14KT gold nose rings, be wary of poor craftsmanship. Some jewelers use a setting that is shaped like a cone with thin prongs that offer no support. Both factors make it easy for the gem to shift out of place and hinder the sparkling beauty of the diamond or gem.
316L is implant quality surgical stainless steel and it is the most widely used metal for body piercings and is what a majority of the jewelry we carry is made from. It is also considered the basic requirement of metal that is to be used in initial piercings and for healing. This metal can be autoclaved, but be sure not to use harsh chemicals to clean 316L stainless steel if your jewelry has any acrylic or gems that are not bezel set, it could lead to the destruction of those elements. Antibacterial soap and warm water works just as well for sanitizing your jewelry before inserting into your piercing to prevent complications such as infection.
Grade 23 titanium is a high quality metal that is used for our body jewelry, which is composed of an alloy of pure titanium and other metals and elements. The grade is a reference to the exact composition and oxygen content of the metal. This grade of titanium can be heat sterilized and is considered hypoallergenic. Titanium jewelry is lightweight, highly resistant to corrosion, and can be anodized to add a layer of color to its surface.
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver (usually signified by a stamp of “925” on the jewelry itself) and contains other metals that may not work well with sensitive piercings; it can also tarnish when it comes into contact with body fluids, so it’s not recommended for healing or infected piercings. Sterling silver body jewelry is mainly recommended for only well-established piercings and for short term wear.
Platinum body jewelry is hypo-allergenic and is compatible with all types of skin. It is an especially stable material and is very resistant to corrosion, even retaining its luster all the way up to its melting point. Since this material is about ten times more difficult to manipulate as compared to gold, this means it is also ten times as wear-resistant, so anything engraved or fine patterns will not wear out for a very long time. Also, because of platinum’s tensile strength, it makes it the perfect material for settings for diamonds and other precious stones with minimal coverage while still maintaining optimal security.
If you need a nose ring that is easily concealable for school or work, then more flexible or translucent materials may be best for you. If you’re looking for a 100% guaranteed way to hide your piercing, retainers are the way to go.
Bioplast, which is certified biocompatible, is not metal and the material can be heat sterilized, which makes it safe for healing, swollen, or infected piercings. This flexible material is great for initial piercings and can be cut to any length and is easily rethreaded for a custom fit. It is also the safest option for those who suffer from metal allergies or anyone who doesn’t want to take chances on their piercing.
Inexpensive, lightweight, and versatile, acrylic body jewelry comes in a variety of vibrant colors and is probably the most well-known type of plastic. It can degrade when it comes into contact with harsh chemicals like alcohol and can melt or discolor when heat sterilized, so it should only be worn in a piercing that is already healed.
When you are in need of some style that truly sparkles just like you, precious gems are the way to add a little something extra to your nose ring. Cubic zirconia, colored diamonds, and natural stones are just a few of the beautiful options we have available.
Whether or not you have a birthday in the month of October, opal nose rings are a hot trend that will be right at home in your pierced nose. The galaxy-like hues are a perfect way to show off your spiritual style.
You’d be hard pressed to find other diamonds in the industry of the same quality and within such a great price range! You’ll feel fancy and sophisticated with this classic piece of gem jewelry that’s sure to match any style.
If diamonds and opals aren’t going to suit your needs, we have a whole nose ring category dedicated to birthstones of every month! You won’t need any excuse to celebrate your birthday with all of the options available to decorate your nose piercing.
We have a wide variety of nose rings that include logo inlays as well as charms of plenty of different shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for something cute or in-your-face, there’s a nose ring waiting for you.
Know the material you want but not the size your piercing or jewelry is? Check out our previous post on everything you need to know about sizing nose piercing jewelry.
Nose piercings are one of the most common body piercings in the world, so there’s no wonder why so much different terminology is used to describe the piercings and the jewelry that goes in them. With nostril piercings being so prevalent around the globe, there’s bound to be confusion at one time or another, but this post – and two subsequent posts that will be up in the next week – is your go-to guide for becoming an expert in all that is pierced noses. Today’s post will focus on the ways to size nose rings in order to find the body jewelry that will best work with your own unique nose piercing. The next post will talk about materials that are used in our nose jewelry.
Step 1: Find Your Gauge
The gauge of body jewelry refers to the thickness of the item, which directly correlates to the needle size that is used to pierce you by your chosen piercing professional. Since there are so many different sized noses, there are also different gauge sizes of nose piercings.The thickness of the item is extremely important to the fit of the item. Standard sizing for nose rings is normally a 20 gauge; this means the thickness of the portion that goes through the piercing is approximately .8 millimeters. Nose piercings can also be done in a slightly larger 18 gauge (1 millimeter thickness).
22 Gauge (.6mm)
Piercings done in India, the Middle East, or very select areas of the US, UK, Australia, or Europe may use the tiniest size: 22 gauge, which would normally be considered a specialty size that may need to be handcrafted by an artisan.
20 Gauge (.8mm)
This is the smallest gauge that most body jewelry will come in, and it is used almost exclusively for nose piercings. You’ll find most styles and types in this average size gauge.
18 Gauge (1mm)
This is the gauge used for larger sizes nose piercings. Slightly larger than the 20 gauge, this size will still provide you with countless fashionable options.
There are a few exceptions for those who were pierced in particular parts of the world or who have larger noses and chose to be pierced a size or two larger, but for the most part, the common gauges are what you’ll be working with for your nostril piercing. Knowing the correct gauge size is incredibly important to be sure your jewelry fits comfortably without slipping out.
Step 2: Find Your Proper Length or Diameter
The length (sometimes referred to as the rise for some types of nose rings) is measured from the base of the gem or decoration to the beginning of the curve, bend, or bulbous end; a portion of the jewelry often referred to as the “wearable surface.” This is the part that will actually be worn inside the piercing and its average length is about 6 millimeters, but for those who have slightly thinner or thicker nasal cartilage 5mm and 7mm lengths are also available.
Unless your nose is either very dainty or larger than average, any of these sizes are likely to fit your nose, but for a truly perfect and comfortable fit, getting your ideal length measured at your piercer is a good idea.
Other sizes for piercings that are done in non-traditional areas of the nostril or for nostrils with different thicknesses of cartilage can be custom made or created from a fishtail nose ring.First, the piercer will use a special device to measure your nose, and then they’ll bend the long end to the custom size that will best fit your nose. The two most common types of bends will be either a nose screw (the standard type of nose ring that looks like a corkscrew) or an l-shape, which literally leaves the item in the shape of an uppercase L.Diameter is measured instead of length for nose hoops, and will always be the distance between the inside edges of the hoop at its largest point. Depending on how high up your piercing is and how large or small your nostril is, an incorrect diameter can end up looking a little funky, so this is important to figure out so you can achieve your best style.
The two most common diameter sizes for nose hoops are 5/16″ (8mm) and 3/8″ (10mm). Those with larger noses or with large gauge nose piercings may need rings with a little larger of a diameter, so measuring a hoop you’re already sure fits you is a good decision in those cases.
If you need a size that isn’t commonly sold on our site, an alternative to find the right fit for your nose piercing is to visit your local professional piercer so that they can measure your jewelry, your nose, or both and recommend a specific size for you and your nose.
One of the most fun parts of choosing a new nose ring is picking out the gem or decoration you want to show off on your pierced schnoz. The gem or decoration size of a nose ring is often overlooked, but depending on the look you want and the size of your specific nose, this measurement can be rather important.
Our nose rings (most notably our solid gold options) are set in a low profile setting with a flat bottom to ensure the ring sits flush to the nose. Each stone has its own “seat” where a notch is cut by a highly skilled craftsman into the setting to fit that individual stone. Not only is there an aesthetic quality to this, but it also makes it less likely you’ll get your jewelry caught on something.
The gems/settings on nose rings start as small as 1.2 to 1.6mm (called a micro nose ring) and go up to about 3mm in size. Decorative shapes can be even larger, sometimes measuring up to 6 or 7mm (about 1/4″) wide.For persons with petite noses, standard 2mm sized gems can look a little bit oversized, and for those who have larger nostrils, a tiny micro nose ring may not gain the attention you and your nose piercing deserve.
Click “read more” below to read about some troubleshooting you can implement if your nose ring’s fit is a little off.
Money Shot: 0:24
Thinking of getting a septum piercing? Not sure about the process? Watch as Frank gets his septum pierced by James at American Skin Art, here in Buffalo NY!
First things first, the area around the septum in cleaned. James then makes a mark where the piercing will go. A pair of open ended clamps is used to hold Frank’s nose steady for the piercing. A deep breath in helps Frank to relax, and James then pushes the needle through, using the open ends of the clamps to guide it. A cork is secured to the end of the needle as James slides it the rest of the way out, so that a septum retainer can be inserted behind it.
Healing Time: 4-8 weeks
Initial jewelry: Circular barbell or a septum retainer
With the growing acceptance of all things cannabis lately, the 20th of April will carry more of a reason for celebration than ever before. No matter your choice on whether or not to participate in the holiday’s hazy traditions, we’ve got you covered in today’s post with some fun 420 history and a plethora of awesome weed-related jewelry and accessories.
But why this date? What makes April 20th and the time of 4:20 so special to the cannabis community? There are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of this holiday, which isn’t too surprising since some weed enthusiasts are known to have difficulties remembering the time to get the pizza out of the oven. Likewise, the story itself is nothing short of what you would expect from the celebration considered the Oktoberfest for potheads.
4/20: A Brief History
Let’s take a little trip back to the year 1971 – the year when five high school students from California first uttered the term “4:20” whilst meeting daily at that specific time under their school’s statue to partake in a smoke session before wandering around the wilderness searching for a legendary lost cannabis crop allegedly left behind by “some dude from the Coast Guard.”
Despite never stumbling upon their pot field treasure, the term “420” lived on in infamy as a code to conceal drug use from parents and teachers that eventually found its way into pop culture (thanks to one of the high schooler’s older brothers being a friend of the bassist for the Grateful Dead) to become the number that is now synonymous with the plant and the culture that surrounds its consumption.
A 2014 article from Vice News has a bunch of interesting facts and research about this day and its origins if you feel like incorporating a little knowledge into your holiday this year.
One of my favorite tidbits from the article is the fact that the Denver, Colorado Interstate mile marker 420 has been stolen so many times that it was replaced with mile marker 419.99 to deter further theft.
If you’re looking for some 4/20 friendly body jewelry to show off your love for the holiday, we’ve got a TON of awesome options for you to check out, including:
- belly button rings – so many dope dangles!
- nipple rings
- industrial barbells
- captive rings
- cartilage earrings
- eyebrow rings
- nose rings
- labrets for lip piercings
- tongue rings
- plugs and tapers
Want something even more resourceful? Check out our 0 gauge pipe talon taper (it’s the blue Sherlock-like piece in the above image) made from unobtanium borosilicate glass for the perfect piece to add to your stash.
Another cool option for 4/20 body jewelry is our glow-in-the-dark items! A selection of our logo inlay jewelry features the ability to glow, which only adds to the righteous style you’ll gain from wearing it. This colorful rasta pot leaf belly ring is an especially popular choice on our site.
We also carry a selection of weed-themed jewelry for those who haven’t delved into the vast world of body modification just yet, featuring fashion jewelry and accessories including the products featured in the image below. Additionally, a lot of our jewelry with rasta colors and marijuana leaf designs are currently a part of our clearance section for an easily affordable celebration.
We’ve all been there – you’re putting in your new body jewelry and the ball drops to the floor, never to be seen again. For those accidents that occur with a bead captive ring, you’re going to need a different type of replacement ball than what you would get for threaded barbell body jewelry. The ball for securing BCRs is held in place with the help of tiny divots or dimples on each side, which securely fit in the opening of the circular ring.
If that just isn’t an option for you or you would like to have a go at it yourself, we have some tools, tips, and tricks to assist you in showing off your BCR like it was meant to be:
Tips Before Getting Started
- Change your jewelry in a place with a lot of light like your bathroom because the beads are usually tiny and difficult to handle.
- Cover the drain of the sink if there is one in the vicinity with a paper towel or tissues so that you won’t lose the ball down the drain.
- Get a clean small cup or dish to put the jewelry in when you’re exchanging the pieces so nothing escapes while you’re in the process.
- Practice popping the bead in and out of the captive ring several times prior to actually trying to insert into your piercing (if you’re not sure how to do this, read through the step by step directions below before trying).
- If you’re having trouble removing the bead from the captive ring, try to wedge your thumbnail under the edge of the bead, but be careful not to drop the bead when it pops out!
- Keep your hands and your jewelry clean throughout the process to prevent infection (ESPECIALLY if you drop any part of the jewelry!)
- If you feel the ring getting caught on any part of your skin when changing it, slide the ring back into its original place and try again.
- Try not to look in the mirror while changing your jewelry because this is often more confusing than helpful when compared to changing it assisted by your sense of touch.
Step by Step
- Remove the bead from your current captive ring and slowly rotate the ring through your piercing until the ring opening is lined up with either end of your piercing.
- Hold the ring firmly between your thumb and forefinger before grasping the bead tightly between the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Twist the ring slightly while applying pressure on the bead – it should pop right out.
- Gently slide the ring out of the hole.
- Clean the captive ring you just removed before putting it into the cup or dish you have ready.
- Remove the bead from your new captive ring, place that new bead into the cup or dish with your old jewelry, and slowly put the end of the new captive ring’s opening into the hole of your piercing.
- Gently rotate the jewelry through your piercing until the end of the ring comes through the opposite hole.
- Once it’s inserted through your piercing, hold the new captive ring’s bead and line it up between your fingers so that you can see the dimpled indents on both ends of the ball. Rest the bottom indent on one end of the captive ring’s opening and steadily hold the ring while carefully pushing the top indent to fill the opening – you should hear it snap into place.
- Ta-da! Look and feel fabulous 😉
So, the most important part of all that? Keep everything as clean as you can! If you follow those rules, then wearing your new BCR will be easy, fun, and fashionable without the stress and frustration of going at it alone.
Ready to look for a captive ring of your own? Check out our previous style guide post on everything captive rings have to offer!
Not sure about the size you need? Check out this posting on proper sizing of captive rings to ensure you get a perfect fit.
Watch and Learn
If you’re someone who prefers to see something done before they do it themselves, then this video is perfect for you! Inserting and removing the circular barbell is the easy part, but many proudly pierced individuals find putting that dang ball back in place the most frustrating part of all.
Here at BodyCandy.com, we carry a variety of useful tools that can help you get to your perfectly pierced style more smoothly and with minimal stress on the jewelry. You should avoid using household tools to open and close your captive ring because this method can scratch the metal ring leaving a rough surface that can damage your piercing (not to mention it’s not exactly sanitary!).
If you’ve been having trouble handling your captive ball or if your BCR is of a larger gauge size, one of these tools should provide you with exactly the assistance you need:
Ball Removal Tool
This can and will literally save your balls! Many don’t know that this type of tool exists, but it is an essential accessory for any pierced style. It’s small and portable, so you can change styles on the go without worrying about fiddling with tiny ball ends. The ball removal tool has a rubber end that grips the ball to give you a little friction to twist it off from your jewelry without the risk of dropping it. This is a great tool for those with butter fingers or hands too big to handle little pieces.
Ring Opening and Closure Pliers
For stubborn captive rings that need some adjustment, there are a variety of tools that can be implemented to make your life a little easier. Ring opening pliers create enough wiggle room to allow the ball to more easily be placed back in its spot on the ring.
How to Use Ring Opening Pliers:
1. Place nose of pliers into the center of the captive ring.
2. Squeeze the handles together until the captive ring is held fast by the pliers and rests within the appropriate grooves.
3. Squeeze the handles gently until the captive opens just slightly and the captive bead becomes loose. Be careful not to squeeze too much or else the jewelry may be damaged.
Start by using the tool in small increments and then remove the jewelry from the pliers to check the progress (measured by how easy or difficult the ball is to move) so that you don’t bend the ring too far, but just in case you do, we have a tool for that too. Ring closure tools look a lot like the pliers used to open up the jewelry but are used to adjust a ring to make it smaller, just in case you don’t know your own strength and made it too big trying to open it up.
Ball End Grabbers
Since we are well aware that holding onto those tiny balls can be quite damaging to our mental state, lower the risk of a dropped ball with tools specifically designed to keep a tight grip. These types of tools come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you’re getting one designed for what you need. One option is a tool that has a claw-like grabbing mechanism to grasp ball ends that are rolling around in your jewelry box; another option is a tool that looks a lot like tweezers with rounded tips that are used to hold the ball end while you are maneuvering it into the grooves to fit back into the captive ring.
Next time you have a stylish captive ring in your sights, don’t pass it by. You’ll be able to buy and use this type of body jewelry with confidence knowing you won’t have to fight it to wear it.