It’s hard to believe that the septum piercing was ever thought of as an alternative piercing with how mainstream it’s gotten. Between the celebrities sporting them and fashion mavens dubbing them must-have accessories, the popularity of septum piercings has skyrocketed. But with all the jewelry options and styles out there, how do you select the correct jewelry?
Step One: Make Sure You Get the Right Size
When you initially pierce your septum, it will be no smaller than 16g. Some piercers prefer to start septum piercings at 14g, so it’s important to make sure you know the size you’re pierced at.
Additionally, you don’t have to stay at the initial size you’re pierced at. If you’d prefer something smaller, you can downsize to a 16g. Or, if you’d prefer something larger, you can stretch up past 00g.
Step Two: Decide Upon the Diameter
Some people like to have space between the septum jewelry and their nose. Others like to have the jewelry fit snuggly. This is all achieved by getting jewelry that’s the right diameter. If you remember from geometry or an old math class, the diameter is the measurement of one side of a circle to the other. In the case of jewelry, it’s the measurement from one side of the hoop to the other. How large of a diameter you select will determine how snug or loose the jewelry will fit on your nose.
At Urban Body Jewelry, our diameters range from 16mm to as small as 6mm.
Step Three: What Style of Jewelry Do You Want?
One of the great things about a septum piercing is the wide variety of jewelry styles you can wear in it. These include:
Captive Bead Rings
This is one of the more traditional styles of jewelry for septum piercings. If you’re looking for something that’s cute and dainty but still draws attention to your face, a captive bead ring is the way to go. One of the many benefits of a captive bead ring is how versatile it is. You can pick the color of the ring as well as the material it’s made out of. You can also pick the type of bead you want. Whether you want something simple and plain, like a plain metal bead, or you want something with a bit more pizazz, like an ornate cubic zirconia gem, there are plenty of options and combinations available to choose from.
This is another of the more traditional styles. Unlike a captive bead ring, a circular barbell doesn’t form a complete circle. Instead, it takes on more of a horseshoe shape and has two beads on each end. However, this style of jewelry comes in a wide variety too. You can pick everything from the material of the ring, the color of the ring, as well as the type of beads you want displayed.
Some of our favorites include our black onyx stone circular barbell, our rainbow aurora gem orb black circular barbell, and our blurple titanium circular barbells.
Clickers & Segment Rings
Clickers and segment rings have gotten extremely popular because they tend to be flashier and have more bling. But that doesn’t mean all clickers are that way. A septum clicker is a ring with a hinged bar that locks and unlocks so you can insert and remove the jewelry easily. A segment ring is like a clicker, except that a hinged segment of it opens and closes for insertion and removal. If you do want something flashy and with bling, we recommend our 14KT gold cubic zirconia rim septum clicker. If you’re looking for goofy jewelry, our mustache septum clicker is a huge hit. We also have septum clickers that aren’t in the traditional ring shape, such as our 16g gold PVD veer hinged clicker. For something more minimalist, we highly recommend or teardrop hinged segment ring.
Another great option for septum piercing jewelry is a seamless hoop. There are no beads you have to worry about; you simply insert the jewelry at the tiny opening in the hoop and push it through until it’s positioned to your liking.
Seamless hoops offer a lot of variety. If you’re looking for a simple hoop to wear in your septum piercing, a 14KT gold seamless hoop ring would make a great option. However, seamless hoops can be just as flashy as many septum clickers. Our black CZ escent seamless ring is sure to draw attention.
As their name suggests, D rings are rings in the shape of a D. The straight part is what you wear through your septum and the curved part rests at the bottom of your nose. We offer D rings in a variety of colors ranging from rose gold to rainbow.
Whether you have strict parents or a job that doesn’t allow facial piercings, there’s a jewelry option that allows you to have the best of both worlds. Presenting the septum retainer! This type of jewelry for your septum piercing is designed to be hidden in the nose as opposed to displayed. In other words, it’s more commonly worn flipped up inside the nose as opposed to hanging down under it. However, some retainers are visible when they’re flipped down, giving you the option to have it visible or not.
Retainers don’t have to be boring just because they’re flipped up inside your nose. You can select from a range of colors. Retainers are also made of different materials, with the most common being glass, steel, and titanium.
If you have a stretched septum, the above jewelry is available. However, as you stretch additional jewelry options become available.
While these are available for those who have standard size septum piercings, pinchers are often worn in stretched septums. Pinchers are curved rings that taper at the ends. They are commonly worn with o-rings on each side of the septum to keep the jewelry in place. Because of the tribal and native origins of septum pinchers, they come in a wider variety of materials, such as bone, wood, horn, glass, stone, steel, gold, titanium, and more.
Another type of septum jewelry that has more primal origins is the septum tusk. This type of jewelry is larger and longer than the other types of septum jewelry. It has a slight curve to it and the ends taper slightly. It can be thought of like a pincher that has been mostly straightened out. Much like pinchers, these come in a variety of materials ranging from bone and horn to wood and stone, to gold and titanium.
Take the idea of a septum tusk, except it’s straight; that’s what a septum spike is. These are often made from a variety of materials, such as bone, wood, horn, and stone. These also give off more of a primal look and are modeled after how septums were adorned by many native and ancient cultures.
Like the idea of a retainer, but want something more visible? That’s where septum bars come in. While they do come in smaller sizes, they are more typically worn by those with stretched septums. For a humorous look, they come in different types of mustache styles. And hey, screw gender rules—anyone can have a mustache now! So, whether you think you’ll look great with an imperial mustache, you’re feeling more of a pencil mustache, or the scraggler is the mustache you’ve always dreamed of, we’ve got you covered.
That’s All There Is to It!
So, there you have it, just three simple steps to picking the right septum jewelry. And hey, if you can’t decide, just remember, you can never go wrong with a gold septum ring.