Nose Ring Gauges

When talking about nose ring gauge, usually they mean the diameter of the nose ring.

Nose ring gauge varies from the smallest possible nose studs which have the size of 20 gauge which is only 0.8 mm, and ends… well, each person’s fantasy is the only limit setting the maximum nose ring gauge!

As we all know, the nose piercings can be stretched as well, and special plugs or tusks are inserted then.

But usually the nose rings come in either 20 or 18 gauge. In the chart below you can see the nose ring gauges and the respective size in millimeters and inches.

Nose Ring Gauge


You Want Nose Piercing – Which Side Should You Go For?

20 Gauge Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with Star-shaped Jewel

20 Gauge Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with Star-shaped Jewel
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20 Gauge Heart 3mm Gem 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud

20 Gauge Heart 3mm Gem 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud
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20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with 6 CZ Jewels

20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with 6 CZ Jewels
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20 Gauge Dome Ball Titanium IP Over Surgical Steel Nose Bone

20 Gauge Dome Ball Titanium IP Over Surgical Steel Nose Bone
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Nose Piercing Which Side So you’ve decided to get your nostril pierced.  Nose piercing is one of the popular types of piercing these days and a tiny little nose ring can look very attractive!

But when you get the nose piercing  which side will you go for? Right side or left side? Can’t decide? OK, I’ll give you some nose piercing information about what the pierced nostrils meant historically.

Although you can find many girls and guys these days having both their nostrils pierced and even having multiple piercings in one nostril, it hasn’t been always so. Hindu girls, for example, would wear the nose rings in one nostril only – the left.

Indian women often pierced their left nostril  the night before their wedding and inserted a nose stud in the piercing. Indian women would wear also nose rings and sometimes would attach them to the earring using a nice, decorative chain.

But why the left nostril?

Well, the reason can be found in the Ayurvedic medicine. It is said that the left nostril of a woman coresponds to the reproductive organs and having it pierced can be actually helpful. It allegedly may reduce the pain during childbirth and also have a positive effect on some medical conditions, for example, endomitriosis.

So which side should you go for?

I’d recommend the left nostril. But, of course, you may pierce the right one as well.

Whatever you decide, please visit a piercing professional to get your nose pierced. It’s more difficult than it seems. I’ve known people who have had bad infections and nerve damage (causing an eyelid twitch!) when they pierced at home.

You should certainly go to a piercing professional to avoid such situations!




Want To Stand Out Of The Crowd? Get A Bridge Piercing!

Bridge Piercing

Bridge piercing is a type of a nose piercing that is the most difficult to prevent from growing out of the skin. Yet it will give you a whole lot of opportunities to express yourself like this guy here – he attached spectacles to his bridge piercing and a new trend in the body piercing got invented!

And now a bit from bridge piercing history. The first person known to the general public to have a bridge piercing was Erl van Aken – a body modification pioneer from the 80ies and 90ies.

As you can see this guy has a hell lot of piercings on his body (would you like to see him naked – click here! ) and for his bridge piercing he’s been using both bridge rings and bridge barbells.

But I’d suggest,  and I think that any professional body piercer will tell you this, it’s better go for some body jewelry that is better suited for surface piercings. You see, the bridge piercing is essentially a surface piercing and it has quite a high rate of migration. As you can naturally imagine, nostrils and septum can’t really push the nose piercing out and your body is kind of forced to keep the piercing in.

However, the bridge of the nose is a place where both sides of the piercing project outside the body on the same surface, hence the name “surface piercing” and the high rejection rate. It’s easier for the body to push the piercing out rather than heal the wound forming a nice hole with a new skin it.

Anyway, if you take good care of your bridge piercing and follow the bridge piercing aftercare guidelines, you should be on the safe side. The initial bridge jewelry is also an essential element to make sure the fresh piercing heals properly and you don’t have to worry it would leave a scar after rejection, as may happen.

So surface bars, curved barbells and body jewelry made of supple materials like bioplast and PTFE would be the best option if you consider getting a bridge piercing for yourself.

Is Septum Piercing Really As Painful As They Say?

16 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring With 5 Gems

16 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring With 5 Gems
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16 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring With 5 Jewels

16 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring With 5 Jewels
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16 Gauge Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring Paved With 11 Jewels

16 Gauge Surgical Steel Septum Clicker Ring Paved With 11 Jewels
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16 Gauge Steel Septum Clicker Nose Ring With Linked Skulls

16 Gauge Steel Septum Clicker Nose Ring With Linked Skulls
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316L Surgical Steel Septum Retainer

316L Surgical Steel Septum Retainer
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Septum piercing




 

So why  mention pain first when talking about septum piercing?

Septum Piercings are rumoured to be very painful. Read, for example, this septum piercing story and you’ll see that the very moment when the needle goes through the wall between your nostrils can be fairly painful indeed. But this is only true for a minority. In the majority of cases, the piercing is a simlpe pinch.

However painful, it doesn’t prevent thousands of people all around the world getting septum piercings and even stretching them to very large gauges!

And it definitely didn’t hold back the ancient warrior tribes from piercing their nose cartilages!

New Guinea, Solomon Island and Australian Aborigines performed septum piercings on young boys as a part of marking their transition into a manhood. Native Americans also wore septum jewelry. A tribe known for this type of a nose piercing was Shawnee and even their leader Tecumseh was depicted wearing a nose ring through his nose cartilage.

And Panama’s Kuna nation wears septum rings to this date, so as we can see this type of nose piercing has been popular in the past and will be popular in future thanks to the widespread body modification followers all around the world.

Another rumour about the Septum Piercing is that the piercing goes through cartilage.

When the septum piercing is performed (traditionally not smaller than 14ga), the very nose cartilage isn’t actually pierced! The needle goes right under the septum and passes above the base of the nose.

Yes, due to the location of the piercing hole, it is not always possible to get the septum piercing right – usually it will be a bit crooked on one side. However, in hands of a skillful piercer you’ll definitely get it sorted the best way possible.

And by the way, the beauty of a septum piercing is that it’s one of a few facial piercings that is invisible to the others, in case if you don’t want to. Just put a piercing retainer in the septum piercing, and no-one will ever tell that you have your septum pierced!




Where Does Nostril Piercing Come From?

Nostril PiercingNostril piercing is pretty much what it says – it’s a pierced hole that goes through the skin of a nostril.

The tiny little nose studs inserted in a small nostril piercing are discreet and sometimes barely noticeable.

I can imagine anyone from a secretary at the reception desk in a large global company, to a young schoolgirl wearing a tiny little diamond nose stud. They are a fashion to suit people in all walks of life.

But or course, there are other nostril piercings which may seem not as innocent as the previously described one.

There are many folks who love stretching their piercings and the nostril piercing isn’t an exemption. Large gauge nostril piercings are becoming more common among body modification fanatics and I guess we’ve all seen guys and gals with large plugs inserted in the either side of their nose.

But now let’s look at how the nostril piercing became popular here in the West.

Well, the direct inspiration for this was the Indian girls who wear nostril piercings like studs and rings to this day.

And when the hippies of the 60’s and 70’s became very attached to the eastern religions (let’s remember George Harrison from the Beatles!) – not before long they began piercing their nostrils and wear nose body jewelry.

So as opposed to the navel piercing for example, which went mainstream back in the early 90’s, the nose piercing has a longer history.

Double nostril piercings,  nasallang piercings, multiple nostril piercings and many other forms are all very popular nowadays.

Nose Piercing – One Of The Most Popular Piercings These Days!

Nose PiercingNo doubt – the nose piercing is very popular among girls as well as boys. Starting with a tiny little nose studs in nostril piercing and ending with crazy stretched septum piercings – people’s fantasy has no boundaries!

But now let’s look at how people actually came to an idea of piercing their nostrils, nose cartilages and all other areas around nose.

Historically nose piercing has been first mentioned even in the Bible and it supposedly dates back to around 4000 years ago. There’s a hint pointing to a nose piercing in an old Hebrew word “Shanf” which can be also interpreted as a “nose ring”.

But we don’t have to assume that this is the earliest occurrence of nose piercing, at least I don’t think so. As we all know the tribes all across the world starting from Indians in America and ending with Papuans had countless traditions involving body piercing and tattooing.

Therefore it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out that septum piercing, for instance, was very popular among Native Americans like Shawnees and in New Guinea and Australia as well.

Those guys from the warrior tribes usually would have huge stretched septum piercings carrying a wooden or bone-made nose shaft and therefore they’d look even fiercer in a battle. And when every day poses a possible threat to your life, you’d do everything that gives you an advantage, wouldn’t you? J

The Bedouin tribes of Middle East and Berber and Beja tribes in Africa also used to adorn women’s nostrils with jewelry and noticeably, the bigger the nose piercing was, the wealthier the respective family was.

However, if you were asked where the nose piercing most likely originates from, I bet you’d say it’s India. Well, it’s not far from truth! Nose piercing is indeed very popular in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and I’d say that is exactly where the hippies back in the 60ies got the idea of their nose piercings!

But if you would like to find out about more sophisticated and weird nose piercing types – check out these kinds of nose piercing – bridge piercing, rhino (or nasal tip) piercing, Austin bar, nasallang and septril nose piercing.

Nose Piercing Stories

Hi Boys and Girls!

Did you get your nose pierced recently? Or maybe you remember how it all happened a few years ago?

Then why not share it with others Nose Rings Guide visitors? And the best part of it – you’ll get FREE body jewelry for it in exchange, how’s that sound for you? ;-)

You can write your very own nose piercing story no matter which type of nose piercing you have – nostril piercing, septum piercing, bridge piercing or maybe even something more extraordinary! Oh yes – and you’ll get your FREE Body jewelry piece posted out to you within 24 hours! :grin:

Everyone has something interesting about how they decide getting the nose done, how they get consent from parents, how excited they are and so on and on.

And maybe there’s even something very funny about how you got your nose pierced – so I think it’s definitely worth telling the world about it!

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Nose Piercing Aftercare Tips & Tricks

18 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud

18 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud
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20 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud

20 Gauge 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud
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20 Gauge Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with Star-shaped Jewel

20 Gauge Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with Star-shaped Jewel
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This is a perfect piece of body jewelry for those having a nostril piercing! This star nose bone stud is made of 316L surgical grade steel and comes with a star-shaped cubic zirconia jewel in the following colors: Pink Clear Aqua Blue P …

20 Gauge Heart 3mm Gem 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud

20 Gauge Heart 3mm Gem 316L Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud
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This is a perfect piece of body jewelry for those having a nostril piercing! This heart gem nose bone stud is made of 316L surgical grade steel and comes with a cubic zirconia heart-shaped jewel in the following colors: Pink Clear Purple …

20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with 6 CZ Jewels

20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Bone Stud with 6 CZ Jewels
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This is a perfect piece of body jewelry for those having a nostril piercing! This flower nose bone stud is made of 316L surgical grade steel and comes with cubic zirconia jewels in the following colors: Pink Clear Aqua Blue White/Rainbo …

20 Gauge Dome Ball Titanium IP Over Surgical Steel Nose Bone

20 Gauge Dome Ball Titanium IP Over Surgical Steel Nose Bone
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This high quality 316L surgical steel nose bone stud with ion plated titanium layer in various colors is going to look amazing in your nostril piercing! Please choose from one of the following colors available: Black Green Purple Blue …

20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Screw Ring with 6 CZ Jewels

20 Gauge Flower Surgical Steel Nose Screw Ring with 6 CZ Jewels
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This is a perfect piece of body jewelry for those having a nostril piercing – you can take the flower nose screw and twist it into the piercing hole thus making sure it never falls out! This flower nose screw is made of 316L surgical grade steel …

Nose piercing aftercare




Well, you just got your new nose piercing. Congratulations!

However, before you can enjoy your fresh nose piercing, you have to follow some simple nose piercing aftercare tips to avoid anything unpleasant!

Most likely you’ll be given aftercare guidelines at the piercing studio. Nevertheless,  I’ll give you a few universal nose piercing aftercare recommendations. If you are unsure about anything in this article, or if our advice contradicts advice given to you by your piercing professional, you can contact me by leaving a message at the end of the post. I’ll do my best to help.

So, what’s going to happen right after the nose piercing is done? The fresh nose piercing will swell up a little bit. But don’t worry, it’s normal. A piercing is a wound, and wounds take time to heal. The swelling is going to disappear within the next few days, and the pain will subside as well, if there’s any.

There a several types of nose piercing – like nostril piercing, septum piercing, bridge piercing etc. Pain during the piercing and the healing periods will differ. However, the piercing cleaning guidelines are more or less the same.

So the first nose piercing aftercare recommendation – never touch your fresh nose piercing with dirty hands. Use common sense and wash your hands before touching, cleaning or moving your fresh nose ring, stud or barbell.

Secondly – cleaning. This is pretty simple as well. You just have to get a saline solution and clean the nose piercing 2 – 3 times daily. If you can’t get one in a drugstore, you can make the saline solution yourself. Just dilute about 4 teaspoons of non iodized sea salt to 1 gallon of boiled water and the cleansing liquid is ready to use.

For fresh nose piercing cleaning you can use simple cotton buds. Just don’t forget to change them when cleaning the inside and the outside of the piercing to avoid cross-contamination. At the end, when you’ve cleaned the fresh nose piercing, just wipe the excess moisture off using a new dry cotton wool bud and that’s it!

Another nose piercing aftercare tip – when applying make-up, avoid covering your fresh nose piercing with it. This one is obviously more relevant to girls. And if you’ve just got a septum piercing, you can’t really get your make-up inside of the nose! But for other types of nose piercing – nostril piercing and bridge piercing – please keep in mind not to apply make-up to the area.

The last nose piercing aftercare tip – don’t try to insert a new nose ring before the piercing has healed well. The new skin that forms inside the fresh nose piercing is very tender, and you can damage it very easily. So it’s better to wait until the piercing is well healed, it’s not tender to touch and not swollen or  red in color.

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The approximate healing times for the nose piercings are following – nostril piercing 4 – 6 weeks. Septum piercing – 1 – 3 months. And bridge piercing can take up to a year. So as you can see, the easiest to heal is the simple nostril piercing, but the most difficult is the bridge piercing because it’s essentially a surface piercing.

Well, that’s it about nose piercing aftercare – everything is simple and you just have to use common sense. Wash hands before touching the nose ring, clean it a few times a day with saline solution, and keep the nose ring, stud or barbell in until the piercing is well healed.

And, of course, if you notice any discharge from the fresh nose piercing, go back to the piercing studio or visit your doctor. Especially – if the piercing is swollen and it’s oozing yellow or green substances.

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Sterling Silver Nose Rings

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Dolphin Nose Stud

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Dolphin Nose Stud
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This .925 sterling silver dolphin nose stud is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It has a very fine 4mm wide dolphin ornament and it also has a black spot in its center to accentuate your nose piercing. Gauge: this nose stud fits 20 …

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Dolphin Nose Screw

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Dolphin Nose Screw
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20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Heart Nose Screw

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Heart Nose Screw
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This .925 sterling silver heart nose screw is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It has a very fine 3mm wide heart ornament to accentuate your nose piercing. Gauge: this heart nose screw fits 20 gauge (0.8mm) nose piercings. Lengt …

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Heart Nose Stud

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Heart Nose Stud
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This .925 sterling silver heart nose stud is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It has a very fine 3mm wide heart ornament to accentuate your nose piercing. Gauge: this nose stud fits 20 gauge (0.8mm) nose piercings. Length: the …

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Semi-Precious 2mm Stone Nose Stud

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Semi-Precious 2mm Stone Nose Stud
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This .925 sterling silver semi-precious stone nose stud is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It comes with a 2mm semi-precious stone in the following colors: Clear Turquoise Gauge: this nose stud fits 20 gauge (0.8mm) nos …

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Nose Stud with Epoxy Covered Butterfly

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Nose Stud with Epoxy Covered Butterfly
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This .925 sterling silver nose stud is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It has a very fine butterfly ornament and the butterfly wings are covered with high-quality epoxy in a number of different colors: Pink Aqua Blue White …

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Nose Screw with Epoxy Covered Butterfly

20 Gauge .925 Sterling Silver Nose Screw with Epoxy Covered Butterfly
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This .925 sterling silver nose screw is a really intricate piece of nose body jewelry. It has a very fine butterfly ornament and the butterfly wings are covered with high-quality epoxy in a number of different colors: Pink Aqua Blue White …

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HELP AND ADVICE

You can buy either silver nose studs or nose screws – go for the silver nose ring that suits you best. Just remember that studs are easier to change and if you like wearing a number of nose rings and change them frequently, silver nose studs are the ones for you.

But if you want to feel safe and secure about your silver nose ring and make sure it’s not going to fall out, get a silver nose screw. You can twist it tightly into your nose piercing and forget all about it.

Silver Nose rings are durable, stylish and very affordable. They come in a huge range of styles and forms. Sterling Silver Nose Rings are some of the most popular choices for these exact reasons.