How to Choose Nostril Jewelry Style

Genuine Diamond - Bezel Cluster - Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Genuine Diamond – Bezel Cluster – Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Nostril jewelry pieces tend to be very stylish and discreet. They are a great way to enhance your looks without ever becoming too distracting. It’s not surprising that nostril piercing is among the most popular body piercings in the world. While women are usually those who have nostril piercings, there are also many men who choose this facial piercing.

Since nostril piercing is so popular, there are many different jewelry types and styles to choose from. Many of them are made to look pretty similar on the outside, so the real difference is the way they are shaped. You may wonder how to choose the best nostril jewelry style for your needs.

Different Nostril Jewelry Types

Nostril jewelry is made to accommodate nostril piercings. It means that most of the jewelry types you will use in this piercing are specially made for nostril piercings and nothing else. Of course, you may wear some generalized jewelry types in your nostril (such as circular barbells or Captive Bead Rings, for example), but there are many different jewelry types specially made for nostril piercings.

The most common nostril jewelry types are:

  • NoseBones
  • Nose Screws
  • L-Bars
  • Fishtails

One important thing to remember about these jewelry types is that they look pretty similar on the outside. It means that it won’t be always apparent what kind of a nostril jewelry you have. Typically, nostril jewelry will have a small ball, gem or another decoration on the outside. This decoration sits against the nostril, so this is all that’s seen on the outside.

The real difference is on the inside: these varied nostril jewelry styles have different shapes, which means different ways to insert them.

Since most of these jewelry types look similar on the outside, to choose the best style for your needs is not about aesthetics. In fact, most jewelry pieces are made in several different styles, so when you find a piece you like, you can order it in the style you wish.

So, how to choose the best nostril jewelry style? It will depend on your needs and what is the most comfortable for you to wear.


NoseBones are straight jewelry pieces. They have a decorative tip and a short, straight post with a ball on the bottom end. The ball is only slightly wider than the post so it can be inserted through the piercing.

One good thing about this jewelry piece is that it’s relatively easy to insert. All you need to do is to run the jewelry through the piercing hole. It may cause a small discomfort since your piercing hole has to expand slightly so the bottom ball can go through, but it’s usually not a serious nuisance. A potential problem with NoseBones is that it can fall out relatively easily, especially if the bottom ball is only slightly larger than the post.

Nose Screws

These jewelry pieces have a decorative tip while the body of the jewelry is curled into a semi-circle and then bent. There are 2 different types of this style, depending on the nostril. So, the bend will be made to accommodate either right or left nostril. When ordering a nose screw, it’s important to specify whether you want a right or a left one.

A good thing about this jewelry type is that it’s relatively secure. You may insert it yourself with a bit of twisting, and once you’re done, you can be sure it won’t fall out easily. However, keep in mind that Nostril Screws are relatively tricky to insert. Another downside to this jewelry type is that it may spin around and scratch your nostril from the inside. This is why it’s very important to have a perfect fit.

The L-Bar

The L-Bars are nostril jewelry pieces made in the shape of the letter L. They have a decorative top, and the shaft is curved at the angle to resemble the letter L.

One good thing about this style is that they resemble Nostril Screws so they provide you with some security. On the other hand, they are easier to put on and take out.


Fishtails are a long, straight jewelry pieces with a decorative top. The shaft of the jewelry is very long, which makes it customizable. In other words, once you get your fishtail, you can measure a perfect length you need for your piercing and then bend it in any way you like.

This is a good advantage over Nostril Screws because it ensures a perfect fit. A Fishtail can be made to fit your nostril perfectly so it won’t cause discomfort. A downside is that it can be tricky to bend and cut jewelry all by yourself if you don’t have tools or knowledge on how to do it properly.

So, How to Choose?

Since all these styles look really similar on the outside, the choice will depend on your comfort level and experience. If you are skilled when it comes to nostril jewelry and if you know how to insert even the more complicated jewelry types, you should go for the most secure nostril jewelry types: Nostril Screws and Fishtails. Bonus if you know how to customize your Fishtail to fit you perfectly.

On the other hand, if you are a beginner and if you don’t really know how to insert more complicated jewelry pieces, the straight NoseBones may be the best choice for you.

The L-Bars are something in between. They provide more security than NoseBones while being easier to insert than Nostril Screws. This may be a good “intermediate” choice for those who want something more secure than NoseBones but are not yet ready for Nostril Screws or Fishtails.

14k Gold Genuine Opal Prong Set Nostril Piece

The Gold used in this Piece is Totally Nickel Free, and available in either; solid 14K Yellow Gold, or solid 14K White Gold. These are available in a Nostril Screw, Straight NoseBone Style, and unbent Fishtail.The Straight Nosebone is the Straight Post with a small cone on the other end to keep the piece in place. Unbelievably easy to use. Just pop it in and out of your piercing in less than 1 second.

Surgical Steel and White Gold Prong Set Nostril Screws

Prong Set Nostril Screws

If you have not tried a Nosebone you should really try them they are fantastic!

The Surgical Steel Prong Set Nostril Screws 14K White Gold Setting on top of a Surgical Steel Shaft. The gems are available with a variety of colors, and being in a prong setting more light gets to the stone to make them sparkle a little more.

These are available in Nose bones, Nostril Screws, and also Fishtails if you prefer to bend your own. The Regular prong setting holds a 1.75 mm gem and the Micro prong setting holds a 1 mm gem. If you want to find some other styles you can do that here