Nose pins have been worn in India since ancient times; in fact it is believed that the 6,000 year old Vedic manuscripts have also mentioned nose piercings, nose rings and nose pins. There are many beliefs regarding the origin of the nose pins or nose rings. According to some, the custom of nose piercing originated in the Middle East and after that came to India during the 16th century (in the Mughal Era). The nose pin is also worn in South Africa, along with other nose jewels, to display the wealth of the owner. During the 1970s groups of hippies travelling to India learned about the culture of nose piercings and embraced the practice and it is now a fashion trend followed all over the world.
In India, these accessories are worn for traditional purposes and hence will have a very specific design and color. In the West, nose pin styles are worn only for adornment purposes. Though influenced by traditional nose pins from India, these tend to be more of a modern fashion statement.
This accessory is an integral part of Indian culture. The bridal nose pin is a very common feature in Indian weddings since it is part of the traditional Indian bridal look also known as the ‘sola shringar’ or sixteen adornments of the bride. However the significance of wearing nose pins differs from region to region. For instance, in some parts it is considered one of the signs of a married woman. Nowadays even unmarried girls can be seen wearing the latest nose pin design as a fashion accessory. In fact when it comes to nose pins, India is the primary destination for both traditional and modern styles.
Some of the classic variations like the pure gold nose pin and plain silver nose pin have originated from India and are now popular around the world. This also goes for classic regional styles like the pearl studded ‘nath’ style pins which have been repeatedly spotted even on red carpets and fashion ramps. Gold nose pin designs, in particular, are known to be very attractive, with a fine finish and luster. They are the simplest form of accessory and yet they highlight a woman’s facial structure by enhancing her best features. It goes best with sarees.
In the modern or indo western category, there are many different designs and types including the loop style, single stone, pin, hoop, flower, multiple stone, U-bend etc. They can be small and simple, with minimal embellishments, or they can be more traditional with extended chains joined to the ear. They are made with various designs and are created in a variety of sizes using precious stones and materials.
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Trends and Styles
There are different varieties of nose pins and the trends are always evolving. Every woman wants to adopt the trendiest style to enhance her looks and add a delicate touch to her face. Most of the nose pin designs now are a perfect combination of contemporary and traditional style and can be worn for both casual and formal occasions.
One should not hesitate before trying on different types of nose pin since it is the most popular fashion accessory right now. For daily wear, the lighter varieties will be appropriate as they will not tear the skin around the nose and can be matched up easily with different outfits. For parties and other special occasion, the heavier, designer varieties are a good option.
The latest nose pins designs includes the party nose pin styles which come with a variety of glamorous patterns and are the best choice for parties and other events. This type comprises of the multicolored nose pin which can be teamed up with matching attire like stone studded sarees or zari lehenga cholis. For parties even silver and gold nose pin designs are an ideal choice as their shining quality matches perfectly with ornate evening wear. One can choose between simple, multi colored studs or various pretty beads to match the design on the evening dress.
Another type is the formal nose pin for office and daily wear. Elegant and sophisticated, they typically come with a matt finish. These nose pin designs are very delicate, often made with small gems and simple beads.
In India, bridal make up is considered incomplete without the bridal nose pin. When looking for a bridal nose pin, gold is the most preferred metal as it is regarded as an auspicious and precious material. The most unique and long lasting nose jewelries are said to be made from 14 and 18 karat yellow and white gold. Gold nose pins maybe the traditional choice but nowadays one can find various color combinations also becoming quite popular with brides, especially when the bridal saree is colorful and vibrant.