If you don’t have one, you definitely know someone who does. This trend *pierced* the fashion industry last year, and seems to have left a permanent scar that doesn’t show signs of fading anytime soon. We dove deep into the history books for this one – click through to get the FORA-1-1 on this ~rebellious~ trend!
There are many different cultures and geographical areas from which this trend has stemmed, so we broke it down for you:
Use On Animals – The first thing you may think of when you think of a septum ring is a bull – and for good reason. They are used as ways to control dangerous animals by tying a rope or chain through the ring and exerting pressure on the septum, which is the most sensitive area. This can be dated back as far as the Standard of Ur from Mesopotamian times (2600 BC), which depicted a hierarchy of power.
Native American Tribes – People from the Shawnee, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa tribes are just a few examples of Native American tribes that adorned septum rings. It was often found that the tribe leaders would wear them to signify their status – and in some tribes when a boy became a man he would get his septum pierced.
Aztecs, Mayans & Incans – In these cultures they would use rare materials (mainly gold and jade, which were used in worship rituals) to adorn their septums for religious reasons.
Tibet, India & Nepal – “Bulak pendants” were popular in these areas more in relation to decoration than for religious significance.
Warrior Culture – As one of the most popular forms of jewelry (specifically with the Asmat tribe), septum rings were large plugs made from pig bones. In some cases, warriors would use the tibia of their enemies after winning a battle, these were called “Otsj”. They would wear the rings to make them look fierce and intimidating. This was most popular in the Soloman Islands, New Guinea and Irian Jaya.
Australian Aboriginals – The aboriginals located in Australia wore septum rings in order to make their nose flatter, which was the beauty ideal amongst their culture.
The Bible – The next time someone criticizes your nose ring – let them know that it was in the Bible. Genesis 24:22 states “When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels”. Take that haters.
African Culture – In various African cultures, married women would have their nose pierced to show they were unavailable – also since the jewelry would often be valuable, it was a way of insurance should the marriage end.
Septum piercings were heavily adopted by hippies mainly throughout the 60s and 70s, and then became an incredibly common form of rebellion among punk culture throughout the 90s. Fast forward to 2013 where they were seen coming into fashion culture, on the runway and worn by countless celebs.
We saw the septum ring take off in fashion culture promptly after they were featured on Givenchy’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Runway, and then again in their Autumn/Winter 2015 show.
If we listed all the celebs that have rocked the septum ring, this post would go on FORAver. A few of our favs that have rocked the trend include Willow Smith, Rihanna, Zendaya, FKA Twigs, Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Victoria Justice, Jordin Sparks and Kat Graham.
The trend began to emerge shortly after Givenchy’s debut in 2013, but began to be noticed more in the media in mid 2014 when everyone started committing and taking the plunge. This trend worked it’s way well through 2015, and here we are in 2016 still seeing it everywhere.
WHERE TO BUY
If you’re considering hopping on the bandwagon, make sure to go to a professional piercing studio – and do your research on the location before you go. They take about 6 to 12 weeks to heal. Afterwards, you can swap it out for some beautiful or funky jewelry! We’ve selected our fav pieces from popular brands for you to check out.