Nose Piercing Shopping Guide
Settling in as the second most popular piercing in the world behind the ears, nose studs are never going out of style. More and more people are getting their noses pierced than ever before.
When buying nose jewellery, you want to be sure you’re getting the right products. So this page will help you with that.
A straight shafted nose stud with a slightly enlarged end to prevent the piercing from falling out. A comfortable piece of jewellery, but not suited for first timers or healing piercings.
Nose Hoops and Rings
A massively popular style with a huge variety of options in colour and shape. The best ring types are seamless, segment or open-ended rings.
The spiral shape of the nose screw makes it very popular, as it is almost impossible for it to come loose by accident. There are also many options in material and colour.
This stud or L-shaped nose stud is another secure piercing due to its shape. Very easy to insert and remove, it is the most popular shaped nose piercing.
A unique and daring look that’s been around for centuries, the septum pierces the thin strip of skin in your nose, between the cartilage and the nose tip.
With such different jewellery types, it can get confusing how to measure them all.
Fear not! Below you can find a handy size guide that will show you exactly how all the different nose piercings are measured so that you don’t need to be unsure again.
You should also be aware that thickness is very important when it comes to nose piercings. Standard thickness is 0.8 mm, but many studios may go with 1.0 or even more. Nose piercings close very fast, so if you wear a size smaller than your piercing, it will close down to that size.
Just click on the icons to get the measurement of that piercing.
Nose Fishtail Studs
Important Materials For Nose Piercings
Nose piercings can quite commonly heal up and get irritated, so it is important to understand the differences between basic materials. The most common material is surgical steel, while the most popular hypoallergenic material is titanium. You can read about these and other materials in full detail on our materials blog. Below you can find a brief description of both.
316L Surgical Steel
Surgical stainless steel is a durable nose piercing material, and certainly has the widest range of options in terms of style and colour. It is more affordable than other jewellery, but can also contain traces of nickel which may cause an irritation in your nose.
Titanium is the safest metal for nose piercings as it is hypoallergenic and more affordable than gold. It makes an excellent nose screw that also won’t discolour due to contact with bodily fluids, which is common in the nose.
1. Nose Screws
Push the end of the screw into the piercing, then twist it in the direction of the spiral as you push it in gently, so that the decorative end sits on the nostril.
2. Septum Piercing
Much the same, except it goes through the membrane in the nose. Be very gentle and make sure it is secure.
3. Nose Bone
Gently push this through as the end is thicker than the shaft of the piercing itself, and you don’t want to get hurt. This is the most straightforward though.
4. Segment/Seamless Ring
Using a special forceps, open the ring, insert it into the nose, then carefully clamp the ring closed again, being sure not to lose the ball.
5. Nose Stud
Insert the smaller, bent part of the stud gently into your nose piercing, then turn it inwards and gently push the rest in.
6. Open-Ended Ring
These are very simple, just insert the thinner end into the piercing and twist it around until the open end is hidden in the nose.
Always be sure to keep your nose piercing clean as it can pick up lots of bacteria. It is no harm to use a simple salt spray, or if you have taken the piercing out and it is beginning to heal over, you could use some healing oil once you have reinserted your piercing.
Find out all about our wide range of nose jewellery products here, including information on sizes, price range, jewellery types and how-to guides to cleaning and removing your nose ring.
Nose Product Types
The septum piercing ring is always a circular shaped piece of jewellery. It goes through the thin strip of skin in your nose, between the cartilage and tip of the nose.
By piercing the skin rather than the cartilage, both pain and healing time is drastically reduced.
All jewellery for septum piercings is generally circular shaped; here are some suggested nose ring types: Ball Closure Rings, circular barbells, septum retainers, plugs and spiral tapers.
Our septum piercings come in a large range of colours and materials which can be found below.
Very versatile jewellery, can be turned around when it is not supposed to be visible, does not leave visible scarring, can be stretched.
Can cause irritation or discomfort when you have a cold or runny nose, can smell the healing process strongly in your nose, but this goes away.
Nose rings are making a huge comeback right now following their success in the nineties.
We have a wide variety of nose hoops and rings in stock which comes in all manner of sizes and material.
The best jewellery types for a nose ring are seamless segment rings, ball closure rings or open-ended rings.
Our nose hoops and rings come in a large range of colours and materials which can be found below.
So many different colours, styles and sizes to choose from, less likely to cause problems when healing.
A little bit more intrusive than studs as it can get caught on clothes. Not as many gem options as stud.
The nose stud, also known as an ‘L-Shaped nose ring’ is, as you might have guessed, a nose stud in the shape of an upper-case L.
Due to its ninety degree angled shape, which allows it rest against the nose, it is relatively secure.
It is also much easier to insert and remove than other nose studs.
Our nose studs come in several different material types which can be found below.
Pretty secure fit, large style variety, very easy to insert and remove.
Probably comes out easier than most nose jewellery types if caught in something, may be visible in the nostril.
The nose screw, also known as a twister or hook, has a spiral shaped stud which makes for very secure piercing.
This piercing needs to be screwed into the nose, and depending on which side of the nose you are pierced, it will screw in either right or left, so be sure to choose the correct side when picking jewellery.
This is one of our most popular piercing types, which allows us to provide a wide range of style and colour.
Much more secure than other piercings and comfortable.
May be visible in the nostril, a bit more difficult to insert and remove.
The nose bone is a very straightforward design, as it has a straight shaft, with the decorative jewel on one end, and a bulbous bottom so that it does not fall out.
It is very comfortable and does not rest against the inside of the nostril, while also not being very visible.
However, they are usually not good for first-time piercers or healing as the end will be uncomfortable when coming out.
Our nose bones come in a large range of colours and materials which can be found below.
Securely fit, barely visible in the nostril, very comfortable when in.
Cannot be used during healing as the enlarged end will cause discomfort.
316L Surgical Steel
Surgical steel is very popular for people with nose rings or studs as it is very affordable and has a natural silver shine. A large amount of our nose piercings are made from 316L surgical steel. It can also be plated with gold, rose gold or dark steel.
Quality steel, polished silver look, very affordable.
Contains small amounts of nickel, will discolour over time.
Bioflex is the ideal jewellery choice of comfort. Whether you’re lounging on your sofa on a lazy Sunday or out playing a game of football, bioflex flexibility and affordability make it ideal for anyone with a nose ring.
Extremely flexible, lightweight, less chance of infection.
Might feel cheap, can still break.
For first time piercers titanium is the only choice really as the metal does not cause any allergic reactions to the wearer. As well as this it is extremely durable and can withstand the test of time.
Doesn’t cause allergic reactions,very durable, doesn’t lose colour, 100% nickel-free, lighter than steel.
More expensive than surgical steel, darker shade of silver than steel
14K Solid gold
Gold is the most luxurious option you can have, and makes a perfect gift for either yourself or someone else who wants a classier look.
Nickel-free, precious material, and luxurious.
Most expensive material available.
How to insert and remove your Nose Piercing
As there are several different types of nose piercing jewellery, there will be different ways of inserting and removing them. Here are some tips to help get those nose rings in and out if you ever need to.
Nose Stud (L-Shaped)
- Wash everything with antibacterial soap, including your nose, your hands and your nose stud.
- Insert the smaller, bent part of the stud gently into your nose piercing, then turn it inwards and gently push the rest in.
- Check to make sure nose stud is fully in and you can see the bent end in your nostril.
- Removal is simple, just angle the stud downwards as you take it out and feel for the bent end, then remove slowly. Just take your time.
Wash everything with antibacterial soap, including your nose, your hands and your nose screw.
Push the end of the screw into the piercing, the twist it in the direction of the spiral as you push it in gently, so that the decorative end sits on the nostril.
Check the mirror to make sure the entire screw is visible in your nostril.
Just remember to remove the screw in the same way you inserted it, twisting the opposite direction.
- Wash everything with antibacterial soap, including your nose, your hands and your nose ring.
- Slip the opening in the hoop over your nostril, taking one of the ends of the hoop and putting it in your nose and twist it through.
- If you have a ball or bead, it is the same procedure, but you must twist it off and on again.
- To remove the ring, simply twist it back around again. In the case of a ball or bead, remove that first then twist it around.
- Wash everything with antibacterial soap, including your nose, your hands and your nose bone.
- This is the easiest one as you just have to gently push it through your piercing.
- You may have to hold your nostril with your other hand to force the ball through the piercing.
- The bone comes out the same way, but you must be very gentle about taking it out so you don’t damage the inside of your nostril with the holding ball.
When it comes to nose piercing, proper aftercare is so important. You must clean your new nose piercing twice a day for months at a time.
Try one of our piercing aftercare products to get the best results in aftercare and infection prevention.
Our Salt Spray Solutions are perfect for daily use alongside one of our healing range products such as our healing wonder oil.
You should also take a look at our piercing butters and balms for daily care and to avoid future irritations and infections.