Types of Nose Piercings

Nose piercing has been a part of Indian culture for many centuries now, and has slowly gained popularity over the last two decades in western countries too. It has now become a part of mainstream culture now and is now the second most popular piercing in the world after ear piercing especially among teens and young adults.

The nose is cartilage, so this tissue is tougher to pierce and can be more problematic to heal compared to ear lobes, which are soft tissue. Noses allow for a few different variations in piercing.

Nostril piercing


It is the most common form of nose piercing. The piercing is usually done near the rim of the nostril and could either be on the left side or the side of the nose. The side of the nose that is pierced depends on the cultural significance of the person getting the piercing or could also be just a preference based on which side looks better. A ring or stud is best for starting but make sure the jewelry is not too tight to the nose if it is a stud. That can lead to healing problems.

Septum piercing


This piercing is placed on the cartilage that separates the chambers of the nose also known as the septum. This piercing is also nicknamed the “bull ring” piercing as you sometimes see cattle with this style of nostril piercing. This piercing is more common in tribal peoples. Reasons for this piercing were to imitate totem animals, to bring luck and to keep evil spirits from entering the body by coming in through the nose. It can be a bit sensitive to pierce, or if the ring gets snagged. This is the only type of nose piercing that can be made completely and truly invisible.

Bridge piercing


It is a piercing placed horizontally through the fleshy part lining up between the eyes above or at nose level on the surface of the bridge of the nose,. The placement of this piercing is not always easy, because it should be such that it should not appear crooked or bent and must not restrict the field of vision of the wearer. It is also called an ‘Erl’ piercing named after the first man to get it done. This piercing can be very hard to heal and carries a high potential for rejection or healing out.

There are a few questions you can to ask the piercer before getting the piercing to ensure a safe experience. Check how the nose jewellery you have chosen works and how it goes n and out of your nose. This will be very helpful when you want to change it in the future. Ask about piercing aftercare products and procedure especially that which must be followed during rigorous activities and medical conditions like cold and allergies.


Why Hypoallergenic Metals for Piercing?

While getting a piercing done one of the major concerns faced is an allergic reaction to certain metals.   Intrusive metal jewellery into our skin is a foreign body which the body will initially try to repel if it is not hypoallergenic. This could manifest itself in the form of metal hyper sensitivity. So it’s recommended to reduce prolonged exposure of such metals to the skin and it is best to avoid it completely.

While nickel is the most common allergy, other metals like surgical steel and copper can cause allergies too. A nickel allergy will usually result in localized swelling, irritation, redness or itchiness. In most cases the reaction is similar to dermatitis due to the fact that the contact is with the skin. People with extra sensitive skin must use an antibiotic cream or ointment before and after inserting the piercing. They must remove the jewellery at night giving the skin time to recover. For many individuals, an allergy will show up within a few hours of putting in the earrings. If the symptoms of a new swelling do not decrease within a reasonable amount of time or get worse over time, make sure you get medical attention.


When this happens it discourages people from wearing jewellery or getting themselves pierced.   One way to avoid allergic reactions is to figure out which metals you are allergic to and avoid using them as piercing tools or as jewellery. Since it is not practical to test every metal to look for allergic reactions, the best alternative is to use jewellery and piercing tools made of only hypoallergenic metals.

Hypoallergenic, meaning “below normal” or “slightly” allergenic is a term used to describe items that cause fewer allergic reactions or no reactions at all in most cases. Hypoallergenic metals do not irritate the skin and are considered inert as far as interacting with your skin is concerned.

Metals which are considered hypoallergenic are

  • Pure gold
  • Silver
  • Titanium
  • Surgical steel
  • Niobium
  • Platinum

Hypoallergenic metals are usually pure metals and hence are not prone to cause negative reactions with human body tissue. There are a lot of jewels and instruments out there which claim to be made of pure metals and hypoallergenic but they are just alloys coated with silver, gold or other hypoallergenic metals. So it is best to invest in tools and jewellery from a trusted brand which can provide you assurance of its claims.


Hypoallergenic jewellery is a boon to jewellery lovers. It offers them the aesthetic benefits of accessorizing without the dreaded fear of developing an allergic reaction.

How To Choose The Right Jewelry For Your Skin Tone

Choosing the right jewelry to buy can be a tricky, confusing and sometimes even frustrating experience. The following article will help you choose the jewelry to buy based on your skin tone, the factor that crucially affects your choice.

Determine Your Skin Tone.

Locate an area on your body where veins are visible, usually the wrist serves as a good reference point. Based on the color of your veins, your skin tone may fall into one of two categories, cool or warm.

Cool skin tones are identifiable by bluish colored veins. People with cooler skin tones may notice pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror. Most people have cool skin, including people with dark skin and tan skin.

Warm skin tones are identifiable by greenish colored veins. People with warmer skin tones may notice yellow or golden-apricot undertones when looking in the mirror… People with darker skin are not usually warm-skinned.

Pick a metal and a complementary color:
Cool skin tones favor metals such as silver, platinum, and white gold. Metals:Warm skin tones favor metals such as gold, pewter, brass, and copper.

 Complementary Colors:Cool skin tones favor stones such as white pearls and diamonds.
Stone color should focus on jewel tones such as pinks, purples, blues, reds, and magentas. Warm skin tones favor stones such as coral or golden toned pearls. Stone color should focus on more earthy tones such as browns, oranges, greens, yellows, peaches, corals, and also turquoises.