After ears, nose piercing is just about the oldest form of facial piercing with evidence going back thousands of years which shows people with embellishments in their noses. It has taken modern society years to accept nose piercing however, and until recently it was still regarded as being somewhat rebellious and bohemian, which workers being asked to remove them to prevent customers and clients being offended by them.

It is this prehistoric attitude that has prevented many high fliers from getting their noses pierced but thankfully this is now a thing of the past and many a professional can now be seen wearing a dainty nose stud or ring at work. Nose piercing is far and away the most popular fashion amongst stylish and classy females and as many global celebrities including Madonna and tennis player Sania Mirza have also embraced nose piercing and could well have played their part in achieving this widespread acceptance.

Personalised Nose Jewellery 


Artist Leonardo Da Vinci considered to be the body's main organ and the that part which pinned down the face's personal. The fashion icons of today are buying into this belief by expressing their personality through their nose piercings and the jewellery they choose to wear in them.

So now that nose piercing is acceptable almost anywhere we thought it would be fun to have a look at the history behind this fashion trend to see how it has evolved into what it is today. There is a lot more to this than just finding the prettiest piece of body jewellery to wear in your nose to the office, as you are about to find out.


Origins of the Nose Piercing

Middle Eastern King Abraham gifted his wife with a gold ring on their wedding day 4000 years ago and this custom is still widely observed by many tribes around the world as a symbol of a union.

Nose piercing arrived in India in the 16th century and to this day the majority of women on the subcontinent can be seen sporting nose rings. In several states the size of the ring is still related to the status of their family and as the family grows in financial stature so do the nose rings worn by the females in the family.

The belief behind the nose piercings was that it would give women an easier time during childbirth and it is still only the western world that see this as a fashion trend rather than a religious connotation. This belief system in still the reason why most women have their nose pierced on the left side as this is the traditional side of the body, and why men tend to opt for the right side.


20th Century

Whilst native American's wore nose rings for cultural and religious beliefs, the first person to flaunt a nose ring in the US for purely ornamental purposes was the French actress Polaire. She arrived in America in 1913 wearing a seed pearl nose ring in her left nose which caused a massive controversy at the time with many religious leaders accusing her of insulting their beliefs and their cultures.

Nose piercings remained very much in the minority in the west until the 1970's when the punk rock craze arrived. Rockers would be seen with their nose and earrings joined by a chain which they claim to invented, although this is a custom worn for centuries in India during religious festivals when women perform the traditional puja. It is this association with punk rock and the whole delinquency persona that gave nose piercing its stigma for so many years,with wearers being considered to be troublesome.

It was the inception of the nose stud that made the piercing become more mainstream as it had no belief system behind it in the way the ring did and was purely for decoration. This led to a flood of young women, and men, sporting nose studs in the 1990's at university and college, although once out into the big wide world they were inevitably removed by those seeking careers where any kind or body ornamentation was frowned upon.



21st Century

The greatest changes to the acceptance of facial piercings, and tattoos for that matter, has taken place in the last decade or so. This has also seen a huge leap forward in the quality of body jewellery being produced and those cheap, UV smiley faces much seen at raves have given way to high quality jewellery encrusted with real gemstones as opposed to fakes.

This is the body jewellery of choice for today's young high flyers, and is no longer unusual to see a banker or a solicitor selecting a nose stud with a gem that matches their work uniform or business dress. Finally, everyone has cottoned on to the fact that if you have your nose pierced you are still able to do a job as well as someone who doesn't, and that a good quality nose stud can look very attractive, and not in the least bit offensive.