What is a Septum Piercing?
A septum piercing describes a piercing through the thin nasal septum, located just between the nostrils. The piercing needle punches a small hole in the septum flesh, and jewelry — usually a horseshoe septum ring — is threaded through the new piercing.
Septum nose rings are incredibly popular, thanks in part to celebrities such as Zendaya, Rhianna, and Jessica Biel sporting elegant septum rings in recent years.
What Does Septum Jewelry Symbolize?
Septum nose rings have a long history: the Bible mentions Abraham gave his daughter-in-law a gold nose ring when she married his son Isaac. Septum jewelry has been used to indicate a woman is of marrying age or that she is married and no longer available. In various cultures septum jewelry symbolizes wealth and social status, a practice that continues in the Berber people of North Africa.
Today, the symbolism associated with septum jewelry is no longer as important as the look and feel of the body piercing in most cultures.
Types of Septum Piercing Jewelry
Septum rings and horseshoe septum rings are perhaps the most popular types of septum piercing jewelry, but you’ve got a range of possible jewelry options. Common types of septum jewelry include:
- Captive Bead Rings: A captive bead ring is a hoop featuring a single bead held in place by the pressure from both sides of the ring. Beads may be anodized titanium, pearl, opal, or amber, and can be switched out by releasing the hoop’s tension.
- Clicker Rings: Clicker rings are a type of captive ring with a hinged segment. The hinge is unlocked to insert and remove the septum ring.
- Horseshoe barbells: Also called curved barbells, horseshoe barbells have curved posts with jewelry beads threaded onto the post at both ends.
- Seamless Hoop Rings: These elegant septum nose rings appear to be a solid ring. Despite the name, seamless hoop rings have a hidden break in the ring for insertion and removal.
- Septum Retainers: Ideal for those who may need to hide septum nose jewelry, septum retainers can be flipped up into the nose.
- Septum Tusks: Inspired by the tribal jewelry of some African tribes, septum tusks are curved pieces of jewelry ending in pointed spikes. A septum tusk generally requires a larger piercing than other pieces of septum jewelry.
Septum Jewelry Materials
Septum piercing jewelry can be made of a large range of materials. Titanium, surgical-grade stainless steel, and niobium are most popular, as they are the most hypoallergenic choices and least likely to result in the body rejecting the piercing. 14kt gold and sterling silver are also common materials, while glass, bone, and wood are popular for septum tusks.
What Size Septum Ring is Right for You?
The most common gauge, or thickness, for septum jewelry is 16 gauge (1.2 mm thick). Some septum rings are as small as 18g (1mm), while others can be as thick as 14g (1.6m). Larger septum tusks have higher gauges and require the initial piercing be stretched.
Septum Piercing Jewelry
Septum rings and jewelry come in a multitude of styles and sizes. While some people prefer the simple lines of a seamless septum ring, others opt for the complexity of an elaborate clicker or the bright anodized colors of a curved barbell’s beads.
Septum piercing jewelry brands include Elemental Organics, Gorilla Glass, Unbreakable, and our own Painful Pleasures and Painful Pleasures - USA lines.