One of the reasons nose piercings are so popular is due to the wide variety of jewelry styles that can be worn. Some of the most common pieces include nose studs, hoops, labrets, circular barbells and even plugs. However, not all jewelry styles are recommended for the initial piercing. The jewelry style you choose will depend on the location of the nose piercing and the piercer’s recommendation. Your starter jewelry should leave enough space to accommodate swelling. Don’t worry, you can always change your starter jewelry later.
Choosing the right material is important to prevent infection or jewelry rejection. You want to choose a metal that has few alloys. A popular choice is titanium, which is durable, light-weight and contains almost no nickel. 316L steel can also be used for fresh piercings. If you have sensitive skin then implant grade 316LVM steel is recommended. Initial materials you should avoid are plastic, nylon, sterling silver and plated metals. These materials do not make for a healthy healing process and can cause damage.
Once your nose piercing is completely healed, it’s time for the fun part! You can start changing your jewelry. The standard jewelry size for the nose will be 20 gauge or 18 gauge. Don’t forget to ask your piercer for your gauge size so you can shop for the right jewelry later. If you don’t know your gauge this nose measurement guide may help you. Some popular styles are:
- Studs or nosebones are one of the simplest and low-maintenance nose jewelry pieces. They are often used as the initial piercing jewelry. A stud is a post with a small ball on one end that keeps it in place inside the nose and it has a decorative piece on the other end, which is located outside the nose. This style makes it easy to insert and remove. Check out our wide selection of nose stud jewelry here.
- Nose rings or hoops are more noticeable than a stud and have become very popular. Though they’re trendy, hoops are not recommended to be used as your initial piercing jewelry. Rings or hoops are snug and may not leave enough space for swelling and proper healing. Once your piercing is healed you can make the switch. Nose hoops or rings also come in different styles like clickers, seamless rings, captive bead rings and more. If this is the jewelry for you, check out our collection here.
- Nose screws are another option for your piercing. This style has a spiral or screw at the bottom of the piece and a decorative top that is attached to the post. The spiral helps keep the jewelry in place to prevent it from falling out. A drawback to the screw shape is that it can catch more boogers, so if you have allergies, you might consider going with a different style.
- L-bends are similar to nose screws, but instead of a spiral shape at the bottom end, it will be bent into an “L” at 90 degrees. The L shape makes it easier to insert than a nose screw while making it more secure than a nose screw.
Have fun with your jewelry! When you’re ready to switch to something new, check out our collection here.