Nose piercing is the piercing of the skin of the nose or cartilage for the purpose of wearing jewelry. There are different locations of where the nose can be pierced; the most common being the nostril piercing. Common materials used for the jewelry are 316L stainless steel, titanium, sterling silver, acrylic/bioflex, and also 14kt gold. Also they come in different styles such as fishtails, nose screws, studs, nose bones, and nose rings.
There is a long history of nose piercings dating back to the Indian culture. Today, it still remains customary for Hindu women to wear a stud in their left nostril in order to indicate that they are of childbearing age. This traditional piercing is typically done the night before the Hindu woman is to wed.
Nose piercings were also popular in the Aztec, Mayan, and New Guinea cultures; however, these piercings were typically pierced in the septum. These historical jewelries were not crafted from metallic properties but were normally crafted from feathers and bones.