Posted by Ruhi Mehta on

People have been piercing their noses for a variety of reasons for more than 4,000 years, giving nose piercing one of the longest and richest histories of any type of body piercing.


While nose pins have only gained widespread popularity in mainstream culture in recent years, nose piercing is not a new practice. It was first recorded in the Middle East roughly 4,000 years ago, and the Bible says that Abraham gave his son's wife Rebekah the gift of a golden "Shanf", which translates to "nose ring. 

In the 16th century, nose piercing was bought to India from the Middle East by the Mughal emperors. In India, a stud (called a "Phul") or a ring (i.e. "Nath") is usually worn in the left nostril, although both nostrils are pierced in some areas. The reason the left nostril is more commonly pierced is due to that spot being associated with female reproductive organs in Ayurveda (i.e. Indian medicine); the piercing is supposed to make childbirth easier and lessen period pain. An Indian woman's nose piercing is sometimes joined to her ear by a chain.

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Amethyst Silver Nose ClipFlower Silver Nose ClipKeri Silver Nose ClipMoorane Silver Nose ClipSwastik Silver Nose Pin

In the west, nose piercing first appeared among the hippies who had traveled to India in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, the practice of nose piercing was adopted by the Punk movement as a symbol of rebellion against conservative values.

Nowadays, nose piercing is gradually becoming more socially acceptable.

And if you feel that you’re the only one on the planet facing the decision of piercing their noses, here are some celebrities that took the some one: Christina Aguilera, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Alyssa Milano, Demi Lovato, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Kesha!

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