(Last Updated on : 28/07/2015)
Nose rings are an essential part of an Indian woman's daily life adornment that is usually worn in almost all the regions of India. In some part of the sub-continent, the nose rings are traditionally indispensable. Hence during and after marriages, these small pieces of jewelleries are essentially worn. Nose rings in India are available in both gold
and silver. With passing time, however, new metals have evolved, such as, white gold and others. With the advent of the fashion jewelleries, the women have a wide variety of designs to choose from.
History of Nose Rings
With regards to the history
of nose rings in India, it has a variety of opinion. Some opine that the nose rings originated in the Middle East and with the coming of the invaders, the tradition of wearing these pretty pieces was introduced in India. However, others differ strongly and believe that this Indian jewellery
has its roots in the ancient times.
Significance of Wearing Nose Ring
The reference to the nose studs are found in certain Hindu texts that define these as indispensable for married women. According to Hindu religion
, nose rings are to be worn by married women in order to rectify the breath to prevent the health of their husbands. It is said that the breath passed by Hindu married women without any assistance of nose stud is harmful to the husbands. In the contemporary times, however, nose rings are worn both by Hindu and Muslim women.
Types of Nose Rings
The nose rings that are worn in the nostril are called the stud rings; they are very easy to use. If the nose rings are to be worn in septum, a circular barbell is worn and in case the ring is to be worn at the bridge of the nose between the eyes, the nose is decked by a straight barbell. On some occasions, the septum rings are so large that a portion of the mouth is covered. As they cover the mouth, the nose ring comes in the way while eating. The nostril ring also draws in the attention. They are sometimes to a great extent decorated with pearls and precious or semiprecious stones. Due to this heavy ornamentation, the nostril rings are to be supported by fine chains. This fine chain is attached to the hair. Such ornaments are quite popular during Indian weddings
Different Names of Nose Rings
The names of the nose rings vary from region to region. In South India it is popular as 'Mookkutthi. Bigger nose rings are used in provinces, such as, Rajasthan
, Uttar Pradesh
, Himachal Pradesh
. In modern India, however, the nose rings have evolved as a style statement. So, both married and unmarried women are in favour of using nose rings in India.