The world of body modification is currently seeing a dynamic shift to bolder, more in-your-face (literally!) piercings.
Specifically, septum piercings quickly emerged as a leading piercing trend of the 2020s, and as we delve into the heart of 2023, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Now, the fascination with septum piercings has only intensified thanks to the rise in fashion influencers, fostering a vibrant culture of self-expression among those young and old.
With this surge in popularity, the demand for trendy septum jewelry is higher than ever. For the sake of individuality, finding the right septum jewelry is an important task that deserves some thought, especially if you’re a jewelry lover to begin with.
In this blog, we’ll explore our favorite septum jewelry trends of 2023, uncovering the evolving aesthetics behind five unique styles: minimalism, filigree designs, steam punk, vintage, and botanical.
The Versatility and Style of Septum Jewelry
The septum is the cartilage that divides your nostrils into two. A septum piercing is pierced straight through that cartilage in a “sweet spot”—or the thinnest part—called the “columella.” Typically, your piercer will use a 16 gauge piercing needle, meaning that your starting jewelry will be 16G, too.
It’s important to note that not everyone’s septum has a columella, which could make the piercing process more painful and difficult than usual. Because anatomy changes from person to person, have a conversation with your professional piercer to go over your options.
After its initial healing process, there is no shortage of jewelry options to choose from. The beauty of a septum piercing is that the jewelry can be subtle or overstated. But no matter what, the piercing is always versatile.
5 Tending Septum Jewelry Styles
From minimalist elegance to bold, ornate pieces, let’s go over our top five favorite septum jewelry styles that are currently taking the fashion world by storm.
1. Minimalist Septum Rings and Clickers
Pictured: (left) Angled titanium hinged segment ring, (right) Rose gold PVD ripple stainless steel hinged segment ring
The allure of these pieces lies in their timeless simplicity, effortlessly complementing a wide range of personal styles. These dainty yet impactful rings often feature clean lines and sleek designs that seamlessly integrate into both casual and formal looks. If you find yourself drawn to a more refined aesthetic, minimalism might be the way to go.
2. Intricate Filigree and Lace Designs
“Filigree” is an ornamental style typically using gold or silver wire that’s formed into delicate, intricate designs. First fashionable during the Art Deco period of the 1920s, filigree has come back in vogue. If you value craftsmanship, filigree septum jewelry is right up your alley.
The allure of filigree septum rings centers around their ornate designs that exude a sense of elegance and artistic craftsmanship. These exquisitely detailed pieces often feature floral patterns and/or intricate metalwork, adding a touch of opulence anywhere you go.
3. Vintage and Antique Septum Accessories
Speaking of Art Deco, vintage and antique-inspired septum jewelry has also stolen the spotlight in 2023. With rich historical significance, not to mention timeless beauty, these pieces boast intricate designs and ornate patterns that elicit nostalgic charm mixed with romanticism and old-world sensibilities. The Art Nouveau period is also in this category, succeeding Art Deco as a brighter, loftier style.
No matter what, anyone with a strong connection to the past, or a deep appreciation for art history, will fall head over heels for these septum options.
4. Bold and Edgy Septum Jewelry
Pictured: (left) Black PVD beaded mini spike stainless steel hinged segment ring, (right) Quad layered titanium hinged segment ring
This style of bold septum rings is characterized by several notable evolutions of “punk,” like steampunk and dark grunge. In this way, an edgy septum ring makes a striking and unconventional statement for those who like taking the path less traveled.
These pieces often feature spikes, industrial-inspired elements, like gears and metalwork, as well as dark color palettes and gemstones, evoking rebellious heart. If you hang out in alternative subcultures or have a penchant for the avant-garde, these options will fall in line perfectly.
5. Floral and Botanical Septum Rings
Pictured: (left) Lotus flower clear CZ stainless steel hinged segment ring, (right) Wreath clear CZ stainless steel hinged segment ring
Delicate and nature-inspired designs are taking the septum world by storm this year. Often adorned with floral patterns, detailed leaves, and other botanical motifs, these septum jewelry options pay homage to nature’s beauty with whimsy and femininity.
If you’re one to appreciate the serenity and enchantment of nature, these pieces can serve as your gentle reminder of Earth’s beauty. Or, they can simply remind you to go touch grass—we don’t judge!
Combining Different Styles and Metals
Another way to stand out using your septum jewelry is mixing metals. For example, this golden linked stainless steel septum clicker combines both gold and silver in one ring, giving the wearer the best of both worlds.
If you’d rather coordinate your septum jewelry with other facial piercings you might have, a good pace to start is either matching colors or textures. For instance, if you gravitate toward opal gemstones at ever turn, try out an opal septum ring to match, like this 14kt gold front-facing white opalite hinged segment ring.
Reflecting on these popular septum jewelry trends of 2023, it’s evident that embracing your unique style is as “in style” as it’s ever been. From the minimalist allure of sleek septum rings to the antique statement pieces of yesteryear, the versatility of a septum piercing is unmatched.
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