The second measurement that will be useful to find for the perfect fit is the length (or diameter) of your nose jewelry. How you can best identify those specifications depends on what style of nose jewelry you want to wear, so let’s review the most common nose jewelry designs, the pros and cons of each design, and where to find their wearable lengths.
Nosebones are nostril studs with a gemmed or plain front, and a straight wearable post flared slightly at one end. This back flare is usually a small ball, and it is used to keep the stud from falling out. The benefit of wearing a nosebone is that, like the design itself, it is very straightforward and usually simple to pop in or remove. On the other hand, the flared bulb can be as much as 0.5mm larger than the post. Inserting this design can cause irritation in an unhealed or inflexible piercing. They are designed to only be worn when your piercing is well healed.
To measure the wearable length of a nosebone, you can use calipers, a gauge card, or a ruler to find the distance between the front end and the back bulb. When finding this specification, it is important not to make the mistake of measuring the entire piece, end to end. You do not want to include the rise of the front end and the thickness of the back bulb in your calculations.
If you don’t have an old piece of nose jewelry at hand, or if you are downsizing the length of your jewelry after healing, you can use calipers to measure the thickness of the outer part of your nostril.
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Nosescrews are similar to nosebones, in that they have a straight wearable section that sits in your piercing. However, instead of a thicker back flare, they have a bent section that is worn inside the nostril and comes in two distinct styles:
- A straight bend nosescrew, has a back section that is left straight, usually bent at a right angle to the post, forming an L-shape that sits in your piercing.
- A nosecrew with a curved back, also has a 90 degree bend in the post, but the back section has an additional curve in it. This curve is rotated through your piercing, much like a corkscrew in a cork, to gradually insert the piece.
Nosescrews can be easily put in without the possible discomfort that can be caused by a nosebone. On the other hand, the curved section that sits inside of your nose has the potential to fall forward and be visible in your nostril. Some people can also find having the back part of the nosescrew sit inside the nose can feel slightly uncomfortable.
To measure the wearable length of a nosescrew, use a tool to determine the length of the post between the front of the piece and the inner edge of the angled bend. Like a nosebone, calipers are the most useful tool to discover the wearable length for your best fit if you don’t have an older nosescrew for comparison.
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A nose hoop or nose ring, is a circular design that goes through your nostril piercing and curves around your nose. There are many different types of rings that can be worn as a nose hoop, including clickers, captive bead rings, seamless rings, segment rings, and open nose hoops with a disk on one end that sits inside the nostril to hold it in place.
To determine the best fit for your nose hoop you need to measure the inner diameter of the ring. For a snug fit, the minimum diameter of the ring will need to be the same as the distance between your nostril piercing and the lower edge of your nostril. Of course, rings with diameters that are larger than that can still usually be worn comfortably and make a bold statement, but they are also more prone to getting snagged on hair or clothing.
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Labret studs are often thought of as meant for lip piercings, but it is a very versatile design that you can wear many ways. With the growing popularity of the threadless designs, and the increasing availability of small gauge internally threaded versions, labret studs have become a great option for nostril piercing jewelry.
They have a large number of options for external ends, whether you like gemmed discs or other decorative shapes. Labrets also have the advantage of the straight post without having a screw section that sits inside the nostril or having to insert the flared back of a nosebone. The only disadvantage is that the design requires you to insert it from the inside of your nostril. That can be a struggle depending on the location of your piercing, but one that can be made a lot easier with the help of a taper.
Like nosebones and nosescrews, the wearable area for labrets should be calculated by measuring the length of the post between the front and back disc. If you reference the total length of the labret, it is likely to be loose in the piercing.
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