Nose Studs

Nose studs are very popular fashion adornments, particularly with girls but also for boys too.  A nose stud will provide you with a subtle look that you may prefer if you are getting your nose pierced. Facial piercings such as nose studs are part of a centuries-old tradition. Many different cultures across the world practice piercings in some form or another, whether it’s done to accessorize the body or to serve as a religious symbol to the culture’s gods. In other cultures, piercings were used to establish social status among varying social hierarchies. These also come in several varieties with distinct differences between each one.

Nose Screws

These studs do not have a backing plate. Instead, they have a screw-shaped pin that is inserted through the piercing hole with a turning motion. Once screwed in, the curve of the pin holds the stud in with no need for a backing. These can be quite uncomfortable to insert and remove, especially in the case of new piercings.

Straight pins

These studs are mounted on a simple, straight metal pin. This makes them easy to insert and remove. Some straight-pin nose studs have backings to hold themselves in place, but many do not, instead relying on pressure from the flesh of the nostril.

Captive Bead Ring

This style of nose stud is a full loop with a bead held between the two ends. It is applied by pressing it through the nose piercing, then placing the ball onto the two ends, which hold it in place through spring pressure. This is the style of nose ring that is most commonly worn in the septum because of its symmetrical effect. Captive bead rings are made in several different gauges of metal, from tiny and delicate to large, heavy and imposing.

Magnetic Nose Studs

Before making the commitment a pierced nostril, you have the option of trying a magnetic stud which adheres to your nose with an interior magnet, leaving only the external portion visible. These are simple and generally safe, although their lower cost is typically due to a lower quality of materials and may cause an allergic reaction or irritation.

If you want to get one, avoid buying nose studs that are made of cheap alloys because the material may irritate your skin and delay the healing process if you just had your nose pierced. Select a nose stud that is either titanium or stainless steel because these materials are biocompatible, which means they will not harm your skin. Sterling silver studs can tarnish, causing skin discoloration that is permanent as well as irritation to the skin. Before you purchase a nose stud, determine if the metal post has been polished. If not, it may cause discomfort when you put it in. Cheap nose studs can turn green or brown in a few weeks so avoid them as well. And for the size, pick one that complements your face and your lifestyle. If you have a small nose, a big (3 pt .diamond) may be too big for you. On the other hand, if you have a large nose, a 1 pt. diamond stud might not be noticeable at all. After all, a nose stud piercing can be left in place over a long period of time and is a little more comfortable to wear when compared to a nose ring. Rolling around in bed or resting your head with a nose ring can become a little uncomfortable, but because a nose stud conforms to your nostril, you don’t have to worry about such discomfort. However, piercings on the face are more susceptible to risks such as infections or complications with piercing healing. Without proper cleaning, some bad skin conditions can arise. So, if you decide to get your own nose stud, consider about the proper stud and visit a professional piercer.