History Of Nose Cuffs
Nose Jewelry History
Nose piercing is the piercing of the skin or cartilage which forms any part of the nose, normally for the purpose of wearing jewelry, called a nose-jewel. Out of all varieties of nose piercings, the most common one is the nostril piercing .
Out of all the features on your face it is your nose that sets the character and defines your entire face. And it’s no surprise that a nose piercing can accentuate your face positively. Nostril piercing can be one of the most attractive of all the facial piercings. You’ve probably considered a nose piercing or nose cuff before but have you ever wondered what the history is? We’ll join me in a short history lesson! Nose piercings are over 4,000 years old. They started in the middle east and are even mentioned in the Bible.
At what age did you ask your guardian if you could get a piercing or a tattoo? For a lot of people, a pierced nose is a coming-of-age ritual. It signifies womanhood, elegance, and for some it’s a sense of rebellion.
While it is a relatively new practice in the West, the tradition of wearing nose rings has been around for centuries in places such as the Middle East, India and Africa. While it is a relatively new practice in the West, the tradition of wearing nose rings has been around for centuries in places such as the Middle East, India and Africa. While it is a relatively new practice in the West, the tradition of wearing nose rings has been around for centuries in places such as the Middle East, India and Africa.
Fun Fact: Nose piercings are the second most popular type of body piercing after ear piercings.
In these places, the nose ring holds symbolic meaning and is integrated into the culture, whereas in the West, wearing a nose ring can come across as being defiant and against traditional norms and values. Depending on where you wear it, a nose ring can be seen as a beautiful accessory, a symbol of status, wealth or prestige or even as an act of rebellion.
Africans have been sticking pieces of metals through their skin for centuries . Both men and women have been piercing various parts of their bodies, including the ears, tongue, nose, lips, and others.
But in ancient African civilizations, piercings had a lot of cultural meanings apart from being a form of body modification. A woman in most African tribal cultures will receive some sort of nose piercing upon marriage. The size of the jewelry can indicate the husbands wealth. Wearing a nose ring is an expression of wealth, social status and prestige. The Berber people of North Africa believe the wealthier and more important the person, the larger the nose ring! As part of the wedding rituals, the Berber groom gives his new wife the nose ring as a symbol of his wealth. This custom continues to this day. In African Cultures Septum piercings symbolize strength. Lip piercing and stretching is a rite of passage into adulthood and is done to commemorate the god who gave them speech.
In India, the nose piercing is as much a part of tradition as bangles, a mangalsutra or a bindi. But if you travel across the country the styles and even position of the piercing varies; left or right nostril, big hoops or a single natural diamond stud.
In Indian the nose correlates to sexual health, fertility and child birth. Having the left nostril pierced would result in easing the pain of the menstrual cycle, increasing sexual pleasure and assist with an easier childbirth. The Ayurvedic reasoning behind this is that a woman’s left nostril is connected to her reproductive organs.
The ancient medicinal texts of the Sushruta Samhita mentions the benefits of a nose piercing, suggesting that it helps alleviate menstrual pain and ease childbirth—as a result of pressure points on the left nostril that link to the reproductive system.
Western Civilization + Nose Jewelry
Nostril rings were first introduced to western civilization around 1913, when the French singer Polaire sported a left nostril piercing during a tour of the US. However, it wasn't until the 1960s that nose piercings became more widely popular in the United States.
Nose rings didn’t come into theWestern world until the 20th century. Hippies who visited India in the 60s embraced the practice and brought it back with them to America. Later on, punk and Goth communities also adopted the practice.
The Punk movement adopted the tradition in 1970 to symbolize rebellion against conservative values.
Whatever style you prefer, it’s clear a nose piercing captures many layers of meaning—it’s a form of tradition, identity, and above all self-expression.
Today, nose piercings are becoming mainstream as an increasing number of people take to wearing them. To the West, wearing a nose-ring is often seen as somewhat rebellious. Like many other types of piercing, nose rings are often viewed in a negative light and frowned on. Even today, wearing a nose ring can be ‘unprofessional’ and some workplaces will not accept it. However, this view is changing as more and more people get on the nose ring/ nose cuff bandwagon, making the nose jewelry is an acceptable accessory in the West.
Can I Wear Nose Cuffs?
As you can see the meaning or significance of the nose ring varies from culture to culture. People get piercings for various reasons such as aesthetic appeal, self-expression and sexual means. What remains constant however is the enduring allure of the adorned nose as an object of beauty. As a society we must continue to educate ourselves and accept and respect the fact that body piercing is a part of society & culture regardless of its evolution.I believe as long as you research and understand the meaning and different cultures behind nose jewelry and nose cuffs you can adorn yourself as well. Everyone deserves to express themselves and be there most confident self.