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The Beauty of The Septum Piercing

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Septum piercings became popular in 2014, and are still on the rise in 2015. The goddess-like quality implied by the piercing itself is testament enough to its beauty, but that’s not all.

Septum clickers, the most popular type of jewelry worn in a septum piercing, are beautifully unique pieces of jewelry. Often adorned with glimmering gemstones, these rings “click” into place inside the nostril, leaving only the delicate design of the ring to see. Other jewelry commonly worn in a septum piercing: captive bead rings and horseshoe circular barbells.

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New Arrivals: Septum Clickers

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2015 has seen the continued rise in septum piercings. With more and more people getting pierced, the style of septum jewelry is evolving. From basic horseshoe circular barbells, to elaborate designs and sparkling 14KT gold rings.

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Stefanie’s Septum Piercing Video

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Like most piercings, James starts by cleaning the area around the piercing. Then he uses his fingers to find the placement of the holes for the piercing on the inside of the nostril, and marks it. Next a clamp is used to hold the skin in place, and James checks to make sure the holes align on both sides of the septum. It’s go time!

The piercing needle is pushed through. More often than not, your eyes will water with a septum piercing, as you can see in the video. The clamp is removed and the piercing is ready for jewelry insertion. James puts a cork on the sharp end of the needle, and  pushes it through the piercing. The jewelry then follows behind… phew! We’re done.

“It actually looks worse than it felt. It didn’t hurt that bad at all!” Stefanie said of her experience.

Stefanie’s initial jewelry choice is unique in that it sits inside the nostril, making it easier to hide for her to hide at work if need be.

Healing time for septum piercings is about 4-8 weeks. Initial jewelry is typically a circular barbell or a retainer measuring at 14 or 12 gauge (16 gauge at a minimum).

In your search for septum jewelry, you will probably come across septum clickers the most often. These pieces are designed specifically for use in a septum piercing, hence the name. The differing diameters determine how far the jewelry hangs down from your nose.

In addition to septum clickers, however, a few other pieces of body jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing. The trick is to pay attention to the sizing. A standard size for septum piercings is 14 or 16 gauge. If you’re not sure of your size, check with your piercer.

Circular barbells or captive rings (aka BCR or CBR) can be worn comfortably in a septum piercing. Their rounded shape and ball closure provide a bit of a different look than septum clickers. They can be tricky to get on, though! Watch our instructional video on captive rings for help on wearing a BCR. (Link to YouTube video: here.) As with any piercing, if you have difficulty putting the jewelry in, it’s best to go to a piercing parlor and have them help you out.

*Captive rings can also be worn in a wide array of other piercings such as cartilage, tragus, eyebrow, nostril and lip piercings.

Circular barbells come in a horseshoe ring shape as well. With these guys, you will simply screw off the ball at one end to insert the jewelry into your septum piercing.

What are some other body jewelry pieces you’re curious about? Have you worn different jewelry in your piercings? Comment with your thoughts. ;)


Maureen’s Septum Piercing

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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?

The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.

The Jewelry

Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.

The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.

Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.

The Process

Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!


Faking it in Style: Clip-On Septum Jewelry

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It’s no big surprise that the most of the people you know have some kind of piercing. Ears are the big ones, with a whopping 83% of Americans having their lobes pierced. And not just the lobes, but tragus, cartilage, and daith rounding out some of the other areas where ears tend to attract holes. Some of the other popular piercing spots are the belly and nose, both of which require a little bit of commitment to maintain (not to mention the pain factor when it comes to actually getting the piercing). But what if you want to be on top of what’s trending without making a sometimes-irreversible hole? 

Fake it, friends. And do it flawlessly.

In this post, we’ll talk about the trend that has really run away like a freight train, and the non-pierced alternatives: septum clickers.

While the number of people with pierced ears is high, only about 19% have their nose pierced (the stats don’t differentiate between a nostril piercing and septum piercing; while the nostril piercing is currently more common than a septum piercing, by what percentage? That’s anyone’s guess). So what’s an otherwise cool individual supposed to do if he or she wants to rock the look and avoid any long-term consequences? The answer: clip it on. No pain, no needles, no messy break-up when it’s apparent the relationship just isn’t working.

Thanks to a new batch of non-pierced septum rings and hangers, it’s possibly the easiest thing in the universe to replicate the style of your modified chums. Using the imitation septum ring is as easy as stretching the piece as wide as necessary to insert, then pressing the ends gently together to create a comfortable fit. And with metals ranging from silvery stainless steel to warm rose gold IP – bejeweled or unadorned – stealing the look also has options for just about anyone. Added bonus: giving the not-as-open-minded relative a minor shock, which never, ever gets old.


Ever wonder why so many people cry during nose piercings?  Or exactly where a septum piercing is really supposed to go?  Then stay tuned, because we’ve got the cure for curiosity.

 piercing factoids

Q: Why does everyone cry when they get their nostril or septum pierced?  Does it really hurt that much?

 crying during nose piercings

A: This might sound funny, but I promise it makes sense: those tears, aren’t really tears.  At least they aren’t in the traditional sense, because they weren’t brought on by an emotional response.  Part of the sinuses backs up right into the tear duct, so the connection between our noses and our eyes is not just mental, but anatomical.  The natural reaction of our nervous system to being pierced through the nose (especially the nasal septum) is to protect the sensitive areas inside the nose, sinuses, and eye sockets by sending a message to the tear duct to release fluids.  Our naturally occurring tears act as both a lubricant, and a means of cleaning foreign debris out of the eyes and sinus cavity, so the body will respond this way, even if the needle didn’t really hurt.

Q: Where is a septum piercing really supposed to go?

 piercing sweet spot

A: We all know that the septum is the cartilage that separates our nostrils, but a “septum piercing” isn’t actually meant to be pierced through that cartilage.  Ideally, the piercing is made through a very specific area often called “the sweet spot.”  This is the area of skin between the edge of the cartilage and the bottom of the nose.  If you place your thumb and forefinger at the opening of your nostrils and pinch the skin between, you should be able to feel where the cartilage ends and the fleshy bit separating the nostrils begins.  Right there, that’s the sweet spot.

Q: Are there any other piercings of the nose besides the nostril, bridge, and septum?

 piercings of the nose

A: Several actually.  Some of these include the High Nostril Piercing, Septril, Rhino, Austin Bar, and Nasallang (a piercing that goes through one nostril, the septum, and then out through the other nostril).

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Location:  Through the fistula (healed tunnel of flesh) of a stretched septum piercing, exiting on the outside of the nose, usually just below the tip.

 septril nose piercing

Alternate Names:  Septril, jungle piercing, septum tunnel piercing, nose tip piercing.

Piercing:  In order to have a septril pierced, there must already be an existing standard septum piercing that has been stretched, usually to at least 8mm or a standard 0 gauge.  As with other piercings, markings will generally be made to determine placement.  Then, a needle will be passed through the septum (usually from inside and exiting on the tip of the nose), and jewelry will be inserted and secured.

 stretching a septum piercing with BCRs

Aftercare: Depending on the state of the fistula prior to piercing, septril healing may be slightly extended.  As with other piercings, sea salt soaks and gentle cleanings with cue tips are often recommended.

Jewelry:  Although jewelry may vary (depending partially on individual anatomy), for the most part the septril is worn with either stud style jewelry with a flat back, or small curved barbells.  Those who choose to may also wear custom tunnels or eyelets in the stretched portion of the septum, some that have a hole or spacing.  Rarely, some persons may stretch the septril itself as well, using small acrylic or titanium plugs.

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Prevalence:  Because the septum must first be pierced and stretched to accommodate a septril piercing, they are certainly far less common than any other nose piercing.  Interestingly, even though females beat out males for general piercing prevalence about three to one, stretching seems to be far less disparate, and septril piercings are seen on both men and women.

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What do Tom Selleck, Hulk Hogan, Ron Burgandy, John Waters, Burt Reynolds, Charlie Chaplin, Ron Jeremy, Mario, Luigi, Salvador Dahli, Groucho Marx, the Pringles Can Man, hoards of hipsters, and your Dad have in common? Why they all have dapper mustaches! Now is as good a time as any to emulate your mustachioed heroes. These are the same mustaches that you drew on your worst enemy’s middle school year book photo and now they are all the rage.

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Everyone from brides to babies is donning mustaches these days! Mustaches have grown great lengths due to the DIY and crafting trend as well. Waxed whiskers are in more places than merely faces: they now adorn t-shirts, socks, underoos, purses, necklaces, body jewelry, paper weights, ornamental grills on cars, coffee mugs, and basically anything else you can ever imagine. Mustache tattoos have also become very popular, even with those in the corporate world because they are concealed between the fingers.

cute girl with mustache septum ring
Why are mustaches suddenly so popular? They offer an antidote to the depressing social scene in which we all live. Until now people in their 20s and 30s, the modified generation, thought of mustaches as a just a joke. They did not have them because their dads, porn stars, and unsavory historical figures did have them. Movies like “Anchor Man” made mustaches cool again. Now we see the mustache as an icon of a bygone era, that brings a cute, light hearted, vaudeville vibe to fashion. People enjoy their retro feel and can’t help but to smile at the absurdity of them.

fun body jewelry featuring mustaches

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Septum piercing has recently been on a meteoric rise in popular Western culture, with the trend of smaller gauge septum piercings for women being fed largely through music culture and celebrity piercing publicity.  For native and tribal cultures all over the world however, piercing of the septum denotes much more than a proper fashion sense, and has been in practice for hundreds, or even thousands of years.  Stretching of the septum as well is prevalent and meaningful in these societies, and many ritualistic practices are still in existence today, like that of the Bundi tribe of Papua, New Guinea.

stamp depicting New Guinea tribesmanNew Guinea stamp depicting tribal septum decoration

It was the various tribes of New Guinea and their commonly worn nose tusk made out of bore bone that popularized the traditional view of septum piercing as a tribal practice.  Indeed if you’ve ever seen a photograph of a tribesman wearing feathers and shells with a bone through the septum, it is likely a native Indian from New Guinea.

Amongst the Bundi, the septum piercing is a social ritual for young men, representing their ascension into adulthood, and is usually performed around the late teens.  The piercing itself is done by a tribal elder with small pieces of bat bone and tuberous sweet potato, and afterwards it may be stretched to accommodate pieces of tusk or bone plugs up to an inch in diameter.  For many tribes indigenous to the same region of New Guinea, septum piercing may be done younger, along with ear piercing, nostril piercing, and stretching in various stages.  Often the painting of the face or body and letting of blood that naturally occurs from the piercing are thought to represent the boy’s separation from the world of women in general and particularly from his mother.

traditional New Guinea septum decorationtraditional Papuan septum decoration: bone tusks

Other New Guinea tribes that practice ritualistic piercing of the septum include the Kiman, the Kangi, and the Asmat.