Popular Nose Piercings

Nose Piercing TypesNose piercings are among the most common piercing types in the world. Their best advantage is that they are both very stylish and relatively discreet. This way, you can wear your nose jewelry almost in any situation and with any outfit.

Of course, some nose piercing types are more extravagant than the others. Same goes for nose jewelry: while there are relatively simple, small and discreet nose jewelry pieces, there are also those that are heavier and richly ornamented. The thing is: nose piercings are so popular chances are that you will find jewelry type you like a lot and want to wear.

Your chosen jewelry will depend on your preferences and style, but also your nose piercing type. There are some very common and popular nose piercings, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those. You may wish to experiment with unusual placements or some less known nose piercing types.

Generally speaking, the most common and popular nose piercing types are:

  • Nostil piercing
  • Septum piercing

More unusual but still popular nose piercings are:

  • High nostril piercing
  • Rhino piercing
  • Bridge piercing
  • Nasallang

The Classic: Nostril and Septum Piercing

Nostril and septum piercings are the most common nose jewelry piercings. At the same time, nostril piercing is much more popular than septum piercing. In fact, nostril piercing is among the top 10 most popular piercings in the world.

This piercing is done on right or left nostril, though there are many people who have both of their nostrils pierced or have multiple nostril piercings in the same nostril. This type of piercing is easy to perform and it usually doesn’t cause problems.

Jewelry is very varied. You may choose between nose bones, nose screws, fish tails and L bars, just to name a few jewelry types unique to nostril piercings.

Septum piercing is another popular option, even though it’s rarer than nostril piercing. One reason why septum piercing is not as popular as nostril piercing is because it appears more extreme and complicated.

In reality, this type of piercing is relatively easy to perform. While it looks like the piercing goes through nose cartilage, it actually doesn’t pierce cartilage at all. Septum piercing is done on a thin tissue inside the nose that stands in front of cartilage. This way, only a very thin tissue is pierced so septum piercing is not complicated at all and it’s not painful.

It’s still very effective, though. With a septum piercing, you will definitely be noticed. Typical jewelry used for this type of piercing are circular barbells, though some people prefect Captive Bead Rings. You may also use tusks and other similar jewelry types for this piercing.

High Nostril Piercing

This piercing is a variation of a nostril piercing. It’s done on the point where the bone on the nostril ends. You may also choose between left and right placement, or you may choose to do both.

While it may seem a bit tricky, this is actually a very easy piercing to perform. It usually doesn’t cause much problems and it’s not particularly painful. It’s a great way to try something new and to be unique without going for a complex, painful piercing.

Jewelry for this piercing is similar to regular nostril jewelry and includes nose screws, nose bones, L-shapes and fish tails.

Rhino Piercing

Rhino piercing has many names. It’s also known as vertical nose piercing, vertical nose tip piercing or nose tip piercing. The name “rhino” comes from the fact that it resembles a rhinoceros, especially if you wear spiked jewelry.

This piercing goes along the length on the tip of the nose, though it’s also possible to choose a deeper placement. It is a very effective and unique piercing so be prepared: it will attract attention.

This piercing type goes through nose cartilage, which makes it more painful and difficult to perform. However, a skilled, experienced piercer should not have a problem with it. However, you need to find a piercer who is knowledgeable with this piercing type.

The most common jewelry worn with this piercing is a straight barbell.

Bridge Piercing

Bridge piercing, also known as “Earl” is a piercing done on the bridge of the nose. While it may seem that it pierces cartilage it actually doesn’t: the only thing that is pierced is the tine skin on the bridge of your nose. It means this piercing is not particularly painful nor difficult to perform.

This is a relatively simple piercing, but it may cause discomfort at first, especially if you wear glasses. It is a surface piercing so it’s prone to migration and rejection.

Typical jewelry worn in a bridge piercing is a curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people may be able to wear straight barbells, but it’s rare. There are even people who opt for Captive Bead Rings, but it’s an unconventional choice.


Nasallang is a horizontal nose piercing that goes all the way through the nose. This way, you get a left nostril piercing, a right nostril piercing and a septum piercing all in one. The name of this piercing is similar to Ampallang, a horizontal penis piercing. It’s clear why: in both cases, a piercing is performed horizontally through the whole length of a body part.

Nasallang is a complex piercing so it’s important to find a truly knowledgeable piercer experienced in performing this type of piercing. It’s vital that you chose a person who knows their job because you don’t want to damage any structure inside your nose.

Common jewelry for a nasallang piercing is a long straight barbell or an industrial barbell.

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.


Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Body Jewelry

Valentine’s Day items are full of hearts and cuteness. To surprise your significant other, think about beautiful body jewelry made with heart gems. This is a great gift for all body jewelry enthusiasts. The Chain Gang offers high-quality body jewelry made of safe materials and at affordable prices.

Some of the best heart-shaped body jewelry:


14k Gold Heart Industrial Barbell

This is a great industrial barbell made to emphasize your industrial piercing and to make it more attractive. The pieces are threaded and come apart on both sides of the center piece, so the insertion is easy. The heart center piece is made of 14k white gold. The whole piece is made of nickel-free 14k gold.

14k Gold Dolphin Heart Curved Barbell

14k Gold Dolphin Heart Curved Barbell

This is a very beautiful jewelry piece, ideal for navel piercing. It includes a cute dolphin and a heart gem (6x6mm in size). The gold used for this jewelry is 14k nickel-free and it’s available either in yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request to replace them with other type of genuine precious stones.

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Heart Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight Barbell

This is a beautiful nipple chain made of Sterling Silver and with a titanium straight barbell attached. The heart chain is very elegant and made to enhance the nipple and add some sparkling to it. Ideal for all fans of beautiful nipple jewelry.

Jeweled Heart Curved Barbell

Jeweled Heart Curved Barbell

This beautiful curved barbell has an attractive heart attachment made of pure Sterling Silver, while the barbell itself is made of surgical steel. It contains clear gems so it sparkles and attracts attention.

Heart Nipple Cover

Heart Nipple CoverThis is an ideal gift for all fans of nipple shields. This heart-shaped nipple cover is elegant and provides a very unique look for your nipple. The shield is made of Sterling Sliver while the barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. This particular jewelry piece has a clear stone in the center to accent the jewelry.

Heart Basket Hybrid Fixed Ring

Heart Basket Hybrid Fixed RingThis gorgeous heart gem set fixed ring has a setting made of 14k nickel-free gold, while the ring itself is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. The heart gem is 6x6mm in size. The setting is attached to the ring for the best security. The gem setting is available either in 14k white or yellow gold.

Titanium Sacred Heart Curved Barbell

Titanium Sacred Heart Curved BarbellThis beautiful and effective curved barbell is a perfect gift for all fans of titanium body jewelry. Made of G23 titanium, this barbell has an added Sterling Silver design and setting with a red heart shaped gem.

14k Heart Eyebrow Curved Barbell

14k Heart Eyebrow Curved BarbellA very cute and effective eyebrow piece. This is a 14k gold micro curved barbell made to be super comfortable but effective. It includes a 4mm heart gem. The gold used is 14k nickel-free yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. If you wish to replace them, you may choose some other genuine stones to include in the jewelry.

14K Gem Set Heart Labret

14K Gem Set Heart LabretThis beautiful labret is made of 14k nickel-free gold with a gem set heart attached. The labret is internally threaded for the best comfort. The heart gem is 4mm in size. You may choose between 14k yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may replace them with other genuine stones, if that is what you prefer.

14k Gold Large Heart Curved Barbell

14k Gold Large Heart Curved BarbellThis is a gorgeous curved barbell that makes a great addition to any body jewelry collection. The barbell is made of nickel-free 14k gold and it’s available either in yellow or white gold. The heart gem is 8x8mm in size. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. We can have them replaced with some other genuine precious stones at your request.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

Here are some quick Valentine’s Day ideas for him. The Chain Gang offers high-quality body jewelry for all men who enjoy piercings and effective body jewelry. Surprise your significant other with some of the best body jewelry for men:

Elektro and Clock Plugs

Elektro and Clock PlugThese unique ear plugs are ideal for stretched piercings. There are 10 different styles to choose from, all made in a distinctive clockwork design. There are two groups of plug designs: Circuit board and Clock workings. Each style is made to look completely unique.

Titanium Duplex Carousel Spirals

Titanium Duplex Carousel SpiralsA more colorful piece for those who like their piercing jewelry to stand out. This spiral has a nice shape and it’s made of titanium, so it’s a great choice for those who prefer titanium jewelry. The balls include simple but effective coloration (many different colors available)

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis jewelry type is based on the same idea as the segment rings, though these rings are made in much larger gauges. Any circle ring comes apart in 2 halfes, so it’s very easy to insert it the piercing. The rings are made of high-quality 316LVM Surgical Steel, made of one single block of surgical steel and not a bent wire. Ideal for Prince Albert piercing.

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber PlugBeautiful and organic, these honey amber ear plugs are both simple and very effective. The colors can vary since the jewelry is made of genuine Dominican amber. Ideal for stretched ear piercings.

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with Ring

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with RingSimple but effective surgical steel captive bead rings with attached titanium carousel cylinder. The cylinder adds style to the piece and bright colors sure make it stand out. The stripes are available in many different colors.

14k Gold Channel Set Industrial Barbell

14k Gold Channel Set Industrial Barbell

5 Piece Industrial Barbell in Gold

The 14k Gold Channel Set Industrial Barbell is really cool. These pieces are threaded and come apart on both sides of the center piece for easy insertion, which also makes the centers interchangeable.

Because of the complexity of this piece and the center sizes the length can be off as much as a 1/16″, but not more then that. The 14k Solid Gold is great for adding a look of class and sophistication to any piercing.

The Channel Set center is about 3/8″ tall. As with all of our 14k Gold pieces, the Gold used in this piece is Totally Nickel Free.

Industrial Cross Barbell

Industrial Cross Barbell

Industrial Cross Barbell

The Industrial Cross Barbell is a stylish barbell that would look great in your Industrial ear piercing. It has a Sterling Silver Cross attached to a Surgical Steel Barbell.