The history of the nose piercing dates back 4000-6000 years. In Book of Genesis, “Rebekah receives a gold nose ring and two bracelets from the servant sent by Abraham” (Genesis 24). India is often associated with the nostril piercing but they only caught onto the tradition in the 1500’s from Moghul emperors that ruled the Middle East. In the 1960’s, it is rumored that traveling hippies to India and Southeast Asia were responsible of bringing back the unique and new piercing to the United States. This is opposite of how most modern body piercings become popular here. As a rule, new piercings originate in industrialized country, like the U.S., then the rest of the world finds out, usually through the internet. The nose piercing is also unique from other piercings because of his reli- gious, physical and marital significance in several countries.
The nose piercings can be pierced on either side on men or women with no significant meaning. They are usu- ally done in the crease where the nostril meets the nose and in about the middle of the nose between the tip and the face when viewed from the side, but there is no absolute position. Location is up to the preference of the piercer and the wearer and what looks best. I have a practice that I call, “Pierce the Part”. It simply states that if the customer wears their hair to a particular side, then pierce the side of the part. When pierced this way, the face will look more balanced with bangs on one side and the nostril jewelry on the other.
There are a few different types of body jewelry that can be used to initially pierce the nose – a captive bead ring (CBR), a gemmed or plain nostril screw (NS) or even a circular barbell (CBB). The clear gemmed nostril screw (“diamond stud”) is by far the most common. In my opinion, nostril screw heals faster than the ring be- cause it is bumped less and moves around less. Never use “nose bones” or gemmed nostril screws with the very tiny gems. Many problems can occur when using them.
Infections and little bumps can occur. To help ensure that these things do not happen to you, follow these two important rules. ALWAYS get pierced with Implant Grade stainless steel or titanium! Surgical steel and gold is simply not as good. Most shops use surgical steel and it has harmful nickel that will touch your new piercing potentially causing many problems. Implant grade will cost more but it is well worth the investment for a healthy piercing. Master Pierce uses this higher grade metal for ALL of our piercings. Secondly, don’t sleep on your new piercing. Teach yourself to sleep with your nose hanging off the pillow or sleep on a donut shaped pillow, like an airplane neck pillow, so that your piercing is in the hole of the pillow. In most cases, these two suggestions will stop bumps from ever happening. Keep in mind that proper aftercare must be given throughout the life of the piercing. Ask your piercer for verbal and written aftercare directions. Master Pierce suggests using H2Ocean for nose piercings because all other cleaners have chemicals that can be harmful to your healing and maintaining healthy piercings. A full aftercare .pdf file can be found in our Download section.
The nose piercing has been around for thousands of years but great advancements have been made in every aspect of it and now it has become an extremely acceptable form of body piercing by modern society and its employers. Master Pierce is extremely involved in the evolution of body piercing by providing the highest quality piercing jewelry and information. If you have any piercing questions, feel free to contact us here or through our Facebook page. In the next installment of the Piercer’s Blog, we will be talking about the Septum piercing. Until then… You are what you modify.