Nose rings have become increasingly popular with the mainstream population in the last several decades. What was once confined primarily specific cultures such as Indian and Nepalese women is now a huge fashion trend for both men and women, particularly in Hollywood and the music industry. Today, you can see diamond nose rings and mens nose rings on people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
Why Diamond Nose Rings are So Popular
There are a variety of different types of women’s and men’s nose rings available, including piercings that go through the bridge of the nose, a rhino piercing through the tip of the nose, through the cartilage separating the nostrils (Septum piercing) and other types of nose piercing. But by far the most popular is the nostril piercing. This can be through the fold in the side of the nostril or slightly above it, depending on preference. Most of the celebrities wearing diamond nose rings wear them in the nostril. It’s comfortable and classic but understated. Wearing a diamond nose ring makes a statement without having to be flashy, weird or dangerous.
Nose Piercing Placement
Nose piercing placement is largely based on esthetics, but some people also choose nostril piercing placement based on the possible healing properties of the piercing. In Ayurvedic healing, a nostril piercing in a woman’s left nostril can help alleviate the pain of menstrual cramps and minimize problems in childbirth. Those who use acupressure or acupuncture swear by the positive results you can get if you have your nostril pierced in the appropriate spot to relieve sinus pain and pressure.
Celebrities Wearing Unique Nose Rings and Piercings
There are countless celebrities who have worn various styles of nose rings and nose ring sizes over the years. Some have gone classic while others have sparked new trends with their unique nose rings. Even men are getting into the trend, many wearing diamond nose studs or nose rings for men.
Let’s take a look at some of the most famous nose piercing trends and the celebs who have rocked them.
Celebrities with Septum Piercings
Over the years, Rihanna’s piercings have put her at the top of quite a few fashion lists. For a while she wore a septum piercing in 14K gold crafted to resemble a tiny sprig of flowers. It was delicate, feminine and beautiful. She also has several ear lobe piercings and a tragus piercing. She favors yellow gold jewelry for all of them, although she will occasionally rock white gold or platinum as well. Gemstones are also favored by Rihanna.
Others who have worn septum piercings include Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson. We love Scarlett’s minimalist septum style, which draws the eye without overwhelming her face. Supermodel and philanthropist Candice Swanepoel has worn a variety of unique nose rings in her septum piercing, including intricately detailed nose rings with vintage and ethnic vibes.
Keith Flint, vocalist for Prodigy, has a septum piercing featuring a curved barbell. Travie McCoy, lead singer for Gym Class Heroes, also wears a septum piercing.
Celebrities with Nose Rings
One of the most popular nose ring styles is the nostril ring or hoop. Kendall Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Katy Perry have all worn a small hoop through a nostril piercing. In the case of Kendall Jenner, she sometimes sported a unique nose rings such has hoops that were so oversized it looked like they would interfere with eating because the hoops hung down over her mouth, but most women avoid going that route. Both Cyrus and Perry opted for a more classic style that is petite and understated.
Men with nose rings or hoops include Indian actor and celebrity Ranveer Singh, who recently flashed a gold nose ring attached by a chain to an earring. Sure, it was for a magazine photo shoot, but he looked sensational. Lenny Kravitz wears both a nose ring and a nostril stud, proving that multiple nose piercings can be pulled off successfully. Slash, the guitarist for Guns n’Roses, has a small, metal hoop with a single bead on it in his nostril. Travis Barker of Blink-182 accessorizes his many, detailed tattoos with a simple men’s nose ring.
Celebrities with Classic Nose Piercing Studs
The classic nose stud is by far the most popular with both men and women. This is often a diamond nose stud, but you will also see people wearing a ruby nose ring or emerald nose ring when they want to wear a touch of color on their face.
Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera have both worn nose studs on and off for years, although we haven’t seen Christina wearing hers recently. Singers Kelly Clarkson and Joss Stone have shown off a simple post as well. Men who sport stud style nose rings include Justin Beiber and Zayn Malik. Tupac Shakur was one of the first male celebs to wear the look, immediately starting a trend. Alyssa Milano has worn a dainty nose stud for years while others, including Chris Brown, wear larger nose studs that may be intricately detailed or set with precious stones.
Popularity of Nose Rings
When celebrities start wearing diamond nose rings, there is an increased interest in women’s and men’s nose rings among the public. Fans want to try the trend because they admire the way nose rings look on their favorite performer and want to mimic the look. In fact, the popularity of nose rings has increased so much that it is seen as a mainstream body modification, much like pierced earrings.
Nose Ring Statistics
Statistics show that in women who have body piercings, 19% of them have some type of nostril piercing. It is quickly becoming the most popular piercing for ladies after ear piercings. Soon it may surpass the navel ring in popularity. For men who have body piercings, 15% of the piercings are for nose rings. Most men favor either a nose piercing or eyebrow piercing on the face as their second choice after an earring. A survey done in 2017 indicated that of all people with piercings of any kind, 30-40% of those over 18 years of age had two or three piercings. It’s no wonder we’re seeing more and more people, including celebrities, who have nose piercings!
A Brief History of Nose Rings
Nostril piercing took place as far back as 4,000 years ago in some Middle Eastern countries. It is even mentioned in the Bible, where Rebecca received the gift of a gold nose ring from her Isaac, her betrothed. Many Bedouin tribes continue this practice today. It began as a way to ensure that the women who received them would have some kind of financial security if they lost their husband. It was also a sign of wealth and privilege. Eventually, the popularity of women’s nose rings made its way to India, where ladies often pierced their left nostril. As mentioned earlier, this was thought to help alleviate some symptoms of period pain and childbirth. By the sixteenth century, most Indian women wore gold nose rings.
Polaire: The First Modern Celebrity to Wear a Nose Ring
While nose rings were popular in India and the Middle East generations ago, they didn’t become popular in Western civilization until the twentieth century. The French singer, stage and film star called Polaire wore a diamond nose ring when she toured the United States and Europe, which created a sensation but wasn’t widely mimicked by her fans. She was ahead of her time.
In the 1960s, hippies traveling through India noticed the allure of nostril piercings and brought back nose rings to the United States. By the 1970s and 1980s, men’s nose rings were commonly worn by goths and members of punk rock and grunge rock bands. At this point, it was viewed as a counter-culture form or rebellion against society. Nose rings have since moved into the mainstream as are largely accepted by people in most walks of life.
The Right Materials for Nose Piercings.
In both groups, the wearers often choose a small, diamond nose ring for the actual piercing. By using a diamond nose ring set in 14K gold, they are ensuring they are using the best possible material to prevent infection. Sterling silver, base metals, and plastics are all materials to avoid when first getting a nostril stud, as they can harbor germs and lead to infection. If you are looking at getting a nose piercing, SuperJeweler has a variety of diamond nose rings and gemstone nose studs that can be inserted when getting your nose pierced. It’s important to have a nose stud you really love inserted in your piercing because a nostril piercing can take three to six months or more to heal. That’s a long time to wear the same piece of jewelry, so if you long for a ruby nose ring or a sapphire nose ring, this is the time to do it.
Is a Diamond Nose Ring or Men’s Nose Ring Right for You?
With so many of today’s celebrities dressing up their faces with diamond nose rings and other stylish nostril studs, this fashion statement has become mainstream. You see people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders wearing nose jewelry with and without precious gemstones. At SuperJeweler, you can get a diamond nose ring in a variety of sizes. If you’re looking for a bit more color, perhaps a ruby nose ring, emerald nose ring or even a midnight-blue sapphire nose ring would suit you. Because we carry each of these styles in 14K yellow and white gold as well as a variety of sizes, you can customize the look of your nose stud.
Choosing a Style and Size for Your Diamond Nose Ring
There are a few things to consider when choosing a nose ring. First, choose the type of stone and whether you want it mounted in yellow gold or white gold. Next, determine whether you want a diamond nose ring or one set with a precious gemstone such as emerald, ruby or sapphire. The size of the stone itself is very important when choosing a nose ring because of where and how the stone will sit. You want to choose a gem that will show up well while still fitting comfortably into the nostril crease. For this reason, SuperJeweler indicates not only the carat weight of the stone in each description, but the size in millimeters. For instance, a .03 carat diamond is 2mm. Each of our diamond nose rings and gemstone nose studs have a short post with a curl or arc on the end. These are sometimes referred to as nose screws and are the most comfortable and safest option for a nose piercing, as the curved end holds the nose ring in place without the need for you to snap a back onto the ring (which would be difficult with a nostril piercing). This is the best choice if you are active or worry about your nose rings falling out. If you still have questions about diamond nose rings or men’s nose rings, you can use our live chat feature or email us and have a customer service representative give you a call. Our trained jewelry professionals can walk you through the process of choosing the right diamond or men’s nose ring for you.