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Nose Cuff History

The Beauty of Nose Cuffs

Wearing nose piercings have been a long standing traditional practice that can be found back thousand of years and depending on what culture you ask you will find multiple meanings for why it is worn. One thing that is for sure is that nose rings have and will stand the test of time whether it be for culture or for fashion.

Where do nose cuffs/piercing originate from?

According to published research from for the Journal of the American Medical Association. nose cuffs can be traced as far back to 4.000 years ago in the Middle East, migrating to India in the 15000's and reaching Western Civilization by the 20th century. The Mughal Empire carried the tradition of nose piercings to India in the 1500s that is still very well known today. Indian women will either pierce their left nostrils or both nostrils and wear "phul" (nostril studs) or "nath" (nose rings). According to sources most Indian women will pierce their left nostril because it is associated with fertility. Other sources also credit many different tribal and warrior cultures as far back as 40,000 years adorned themselves with nose jewelry. Throughout the years they have been worn as dowry, healing practices, beauty as well as a sign of respect or marriage and wealth. In some African countries, nose piercing was part of a rite of passage for teenagers. So as you can see nose rings do have a rich history and meaning and I pull a lot of inspiration from South Asian jewelry, Native American jewelry as well well as from some African tribes. 

Why do I wear my nose ring?

For me. I started wearing a nose ring with a chain to symbolize marriage. In the Bible there is only one symbolization for marriage and that is when Abraham gave Sarah a nose ring to symbolize the union between her and his son. So I started wearing a chain connected to my nose ring as a symbolization to the union I have between my amazing husband and I.

Can anyone wear a nose cuff or nose ring?

In my opinion it depends on your intentions. Take the time and opportunity to educate yourself about nose rings. I am not here to stop you from buying my jewelry or anyone else. I am just here to make sure you know a little more about my jewelry before you leave my site. Nose rings are a staple in certain cultures but it has transformed into an amazing accessory but I do believe it is our job to educate ourselves on what we adorn ourselves with and pay respects to the cultures that made them accessible to us today.