How To Choose A Nose Ring
Who knew that buying a nose ring came with so many decisions? Fortunately, AlluringBody has done all of the research for you. Here's how to select the perfect look, fit, and materials.
When determining the right diamond size for you, take into account your personal taste, work environment, and facial features. If you enjoy sporting large pieces of jewelry, you'll be happiest with a larger diamond, like our bold diamond nose stud. Also consider the size of your nose. Our 2mm diamond may overwhelm a smaller nose, whereas the 1.2mm diamond may go unnoticed on a more prominent nose. Our 1.6mm perfect diamond nose stud is aptly named because it really is the perfect size for most people. If you are still undecided, keep in mind that nose rings are like any other kind of jewelry; one may not fit all of your needs. Many customers order a selection that reflect their changing activities and moods.
AlluringBody nose studs are available as pins (also known as bones or studs), screws (or U shaped), and L shaped.
- Nose Pin (Comfortable Fit): Nose pins offered by AlluringBody are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. The little ball on the end is simply pushed through the piercing and holds the jewelry in place - it is not detachable. We have perfected the size of the ball so it is easy to get in, but also tight enough to be secure. If you find that nose screws flip around or are uncomfortable, our nose pins are your best choice.
Because the end ball can damage the delicate skin in new piercings, they are only intended for healed piercings.
- Nose Screw (Secure Fit): AlluringBody nose screws are designed to fit securely. The screw is threaded through the piercing, resulting in a very secure fit. Nose screws can be difficult to get in. We recommend having your piercer insert your nose screw for the first time. If you have a very active lifestyle or are concerned about your nose ring falling out, this is probably the best style for you.
- L shaped: (Easy Fit): L bends are usually used for initial piercings because they are easy to get in. They are also a nice choice for someone who has trouble getting the U shaped screw in, or who likes to change their jewelry often. They are easy and relatively secure.
The proper post length (the length of the part inside your nose) can keep a nose screw from flipping around, or a help a nose pin lay flat on the nose. Through years of research and conversations with our customers, we developed a standard length that fits most people. A proper fit should be comfortable and have a little room for the natural expansion and contraction of your nostrils. It shouldn't be tight or so loose that it hits your septum.
"Gauge" is the thickness of the post. The higher the number, the thinner the post. Nose piercing is usually done with an 18 gauge (1.02mm) post. After a nose piercing heals, most people switch to a 20 gauge (.81mm) post because it is thinner and leaves a smaller hole. A post thinner than 22 gauge, such as 24 gauge or earring post thickness, is not recommended for nose piercings.
Metals that aren't biocompatible or finished properly can irritate your skin. Surgical steel and titanium are not 100% biocompatible unless they're implant grade steel or implant certified titanium (Ti6Al4V ELI). Steel can become very cold, making it a poor choice for nose jewelry. Sterling silver can cause irritation or permanent skin discoloration. AlluringBody offers nose rings made of solid nickel-free 18k gold or platinum. Both are excellent choices in our experience and according to the Association of Professional Piercers.
A poorly finished nose stud can be uncomfortable and irritating. "Hand finished" does not guarantee a smooth finish. AlluringBody expertly finishes each nose ring or stud to a smooth, fine polish. They are simply beautiful and the best you can buy.
Q: What gauge and style would you recommend for a new piercing?
A: The L-shape in 18 gauge is the best choice for a new piercing. We also recommend using our 1.6mm perfect diamond nose stud or larger, because a smaller size may fall into a new piercing.
A: Other companies usually just push the prongs over and don't finish them, which causes roughness and snags. I round and hand polish each prong so that they are smooth.
Q: I've seen diamond nose studs that seem to sit a little lower than AlluringBody nose studs? Why is that?
A: Other companies sell diamonds that are cut too shallow. A shallow cut diamond doesn't sparkle nearly as much as a properly cut diamond and is also worth a lot less. All of our diamonds are premium quality and cut ideally for maximum brilliance.
Q: What is the difference between a left and right nose screw?
A: There is some debate over which way to bend a screw for the left or right nostril, but the general consensus is that a left nostril screw is bent so that when it is laying flat on the table with the diamond facing you and the U hump at the top (like an upside-down U), the diamond should be on your left. When inserting the screw into the piercing, the diamond should be facing the face. However, if the opposite bend works better for you - stick with it. There is nothing wrong with wearing it that way.