What kind of nose jewellery should I buy?

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If you have just gotten your nose pierced or are selling nose rings then  this information might be useful to you. This guide explains about the different type of  nose piercing jewellery available and the pros and cons of each one. I will also give a run down of some different materials used in nose piercing jewellery.

Types of Nose Piercing

Nose Bone/Stud
Nose bones are a straight pin but a small ball on the end. They are usually about 8mm-10mm long. They push straight through the piercing and are held in place with the ball.
Pros- easy to get in and take out
Cons- can fall out easily

Nose Bone

Nose Pin
A nose pin is similar to a nose bone but has no ball on the end. It is just a straight pin. This is useful if your nose in newly pierced or you are having trouble getting other jewellery into the piercing.
Pros- easy to get in and take out
Cons- there is nothing to hold it in place so they fall out easily

       Nose Pin

Nose Screw
A nose screw is a long pin with a bend in it. You must literally turn the entire piercing to get it in. Once in the bend sits flat inside the nose. These are good once you have had your nose pierced for a while and the wound is entirely healed. However it may be difficult to get a nose screw in if the wound is sore or inflamed.
Pros- Does not fall out easily.
Cons- Can be difficult to take out and put in. is not very good for new piercing.

       Nose Screw

Nose Ring
A nose ring is a hoop which goes through the piercing and around the outside of the nose. It is usually very small and made in either the sleeper design or captive design.
Pros- as it can be swivelled around it is much easier to clean and helps the healing process.
Cons- it is easier to catch a hoop on something

Captive Nose Ring

Materials used in nose jewellery

Sterling silver
Sterling silver is a favourite material used for nose piercing.   It is cheap,  good quality and few people are allergic to it. Sterling silver is made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% mixed alloys.

Gold is another favourite but significantly more expensive. Common gold grades used are 9 karat, 14 karat, 18 karat and 24 karat gold. The Karat refers to the purity of the gold. For example 9 Karat gold is made up of  37.5% pure gold and alloys. Due to its low gold content it is the cheapest gold sold. One step up, 14 Karat gold has 58.3% gold content.

Gold Plate
Although not very common you may occasionally come across nose studs that are Gold plated. This means that a cheaper metal such as stainless steel or silver is used as a base and then covered with layers of gold. However, the gold on these piercing can wear away from time and use.

Stainless Steel
Another material which is not very common. Stainless steel nose bars have the same benefits of other stainless steel body jewellery. They are hypoallergenic, strong and do not rust or tarnish.

This material is often called many things but is in essence just a flexible plastic.
It is good because it is flexible and usually clear so is less noticeable.

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