In the Indian culture the custom of wearing nose rings begin in the 16th century. It originated in the Middle East countries and became popular in India mainly during the Moghul emperors rule. Nose ring is a very popular fashionable accessory worn by piercing a hole in the nose.
It is a trendy nose ornament found in several shape, size and design. It can be a delicate tiny jewel stud which rests beautifully on the curve of the nostril or can be large hoop that encircles the cheek with elegant and graceful pendant pearls, which dangle along provocatively just above the upper lip.
It is a stud or a ring which can be worn in different styles:
- Nose ring which is worn in the left or right nostril.
- Long nose ring is joined from the nose to the ear by a chain and is considered as a special accessory of Indian Bridal jewellery.
The Ayurvedic significance of wearing nose ring
In India the left side of the nose is generally regarded as the ideal position for nose rings. According to the Ayurvedic belief the spot made by piercing of nose is associated with the female reproductive organs. It is generally believed that woman who have their nose pierced on the left side, experience less pain while delivering the child and they also have less menstrual pain. It is a common belief that wearing nose rings make the process of child birth easier.
Nose rings as a symbol of marriage
According to Indian traditions and culture, nose ring is considered as one of the sign of marriage, and is an integral part of traditional bridal jewellery. In the Muslim culture nose ring is very auspicious and is mandatory marriage ornament to be worn by all Muslim brides. Though these days the unmarried girls in India have started wearing nose rings as a fashion accessory without any religious beliefs or traditional significance.
Religious significance of nose ring
According to the Hindu religion, piercing of nose is considered as a way of honouring Parvathi, the Hindu Goddess of marriage.
Nose ring as a sign of financial power and family status
In some parts of India, the size of nose ring is associated as a sign of financial power and family status. According to the traditions of some states, the size of the nose ring worn by the woman of the house connotes the financial power and status of the family in the society. With the increase in the financial status of the family, the size of the nose ring also keeps increasing.
Most of the Indian woman who love to adorn themselves in traditional ornaments, like to wear nose ring as a sparkling nose ornament as it is considered as the most seductive adornment. Nose rings make a woman appealing, sexy and beautiful and help to enhance the seductive charm.
To wear nose rings it is not necessary to get your nose pierced as there are some fabulous nose rings which can be easily clipped onto the side of the nostrils.
Nose ring is a modern fashion accessory today. It is worn in the western culture too and is seen as trendy ornament.