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A lot of us with nose piercings will jump around a bit, try a few different styles, and ultimately pick one or two go-to nose rings that fit well without very much difficulty... But what happens when you find a bunch of nose rings you like and most of them just plain don’t fit?

If you know your gauge size and the style you prefer but still find your nose jewelry sticking up or sticking out, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Every nose is different (and every piercing will be a little bit different too), so here’s a few common nose jewelry pitfalls. Trust us, most of them can be fixed!

Q: Instead of laying flat against my nose, why does my nose ring stick up leaving a gap?

A: If the actual gem or decorative portion that’s visible sticks up, you need to look at the "rise" of your jewelry. Rise is the length of the portion between the base of your nose ring’s gem and the curve. 

Many common nose screws or L-shapes have a rise of 6 or 7 millimeters. For those with slightly thinner nostrils, a 5mm rise might be needed for a proper fit, so  look for an item with that smaller measurement.


Q: Why does the corkscrew part of my nose screw stick out at the bottom of my nostril?

A: If this happens, it could mean you either have a slightly smaller nose than average, or that your piercing lays slightly farther down your nostril. Neither of these are a bad thing, but they can make wearing screw style jewelry a little more difficult. If switching to a nose bone style item is comfortable, that can be a quick and easy fix. For those who would prefer to stick to screws, trying an item with a less pronounced curve or one that doesn’t make a full revolution may solve the issue.

Q: I want to wear a nose hoop but my piercing is a little higher on my nostril. How can I get a hoop that will fit without looking over-sized?

A: If regular hoops don’t seem to be quite big enough, but larger universal circulars stick out too much, a good fix is getting a custom bend. In this case, you can purchase a type of extra long and straight nose ring called a fishtail, and take it to your piercer to get a hoop custom bent for your unique nose.

Other nose ring questions? Ask us in the comments!

  • A

    Hey Lindsey!

    Jewelry is tricky to get in and out of your piercings sometimes. It’s hard to know exactly how to answer your question without seeing the jewelry or your nose!

    Our best advice – head back to your piercer and have them help you insert it :).


  • L

    Hello, my nose piercing has been healed for quite some time now, and I’ve been experimenting with different types of nose studs. I have a new corkscrew one that I really want to wear, but the “corkscrew” itself is barely there, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to insert it. Do I need to find an identical one and just order it, or is there a trick to inserting short corkscrews? Thank you!

    Lindsey on

  • A

    Hi Lora!

    This is a tricky one! There’s a chance that the hoop is a larger gauge than your regular nose ring. There’s also a chance that your nose is still swollen. But without seeing your nose or the jewelry, it’s hard to know exactly what is going on!

    If you can, check the gauge sizes of both pieces and make sure they’re the same size. If that’s not an option, it might be worth a trip back to your professional piercer… They can let you know why you’re having trouble and can also help you put the hoop back in.


  • L

    Hi so my concern is I changed my nose piercing when it was pierced after few weeks and I got something thin not a hoop but a regular nose piercing later on I wanted hoop after few days again I changed it and got hoop so I too the hoop out for a second and tried to put it back but wouldn’t fit in and my nose started to bleed so I wore my regular one after few months I wanted to try my hoop again but wouldn’t fit idk why but I really Want to wear my hoop it’s not fitting nor getting in what can I do ??

    Lora on

  • A

    Hi Inez!

    Since your piercing is still healing (bleeding, etc.), you probably shouldn’t mess with it until it’s fully healed. That could explain why your initial piece of jewelry was looking a “little weird.”

    Either way, it sounds like it might be time to head back to your local professional piercer. They can take a look at your piercing in-person and determine what exactly is going on. Since you’re having trouble with sizing (and we can’t see your nose to know for sure), they can also recommend some jewelry that will work with your specific anatomy. You could always bring them a “fishtail nose ring,” which can be customized to fit your individual nose :).


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