Assortment of nose ring stud styles

Nostril piercings allow for creativity in both your choice of piercing location and your choice of jewelry. You can show off your piercing with a nostril hoop or, if you prefer daintier styles, you might opt for a tiny gemstone.

With versatility comes confusion as you’re faced with dozens of jewelry choices. Even once you’ve chosen the perfect nose ring for your nostril, you’ll need to choose the post style. Eventually, you’ll discover the style that fits you. In the meantime, we’ve put together a quick guide to help make your shopping experience a little bit easier.


Probably the most popular nose stud style, the L-shape nose stud is characterized by the 90-degree bend in its post (shaped like an L). Once inserted, the jewelry will sit flush against your nostril while the bent post keeps the jewelry firmly in place.


Similar to the L-shape style, the twist nose stud is kept in place with a u-shaped post that you twist into the piercing. People opt for this style because it’s easy to change the jewelry, however, it may twist around in the piercing more than the L-shape style will.


If you’re particular about the comfort of your jewelry, then you might want to opt for a fishtail prong. The fishtail is much longer than other styles because it’s intended to be custom-bent by a piercer. The piercer can look at the shape of your nose and talk to you about styles that you prefer and bend the post to your exact specifications. (Do not confuse the fishtail with the pin. The pin style is ready to wear as-is while the fishtail prong will be much to long to wear and will need to be bent by a piercer.)


Sleek and simple, the bone-style nose stud features a straight post with a ball on the end to keep it in place. The small ball cannot be removed and is designed to slip in and out of the piercing when you want to change jewelry. Fans of this style report that the jewelry stays snug in their piercing, and they don’t have to worry about the post shifting and becoming visible within the nostril.


Even more straightforward than the bone nose stud, the pin style consists of a straight post that goes directly into the nose piercing. It stays firmly in place simply by its snug size, so if you opt for this option, you’ll want to be sure that the gauge size is correct. This style allows for the easiest jewelry change, however if you’re one to stress over losing jewelry, this may not be the option for you.

Some nose stud notes

Ultimately, the nose stud style that works for you depends on what is most comfortable and your personal preference. More than likely, you’ll discover the best style for you, and you’ll end up sticking with it. When trying different styles, be sure that you know your piercing gauge so that the post isn’t too big or small and stays firmly in place.

Since the nose is such an important facial feature, you’ll want to be sure that you’re taking care of it. Choose high-quality, hypoallergenic metals, like 14K gold, for your jewelry to avoid any skin issues and make sure that your beautiful face shines.

Finding the right style for you can take some trial and error. Don’t be afraid to get out and try multiple styles until you find what makes you feel as good as you look.

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