One of the longest standing piercing modifications is the nose piercing. Studs and rings, worn both in the curve of the nostril or through the septum, between the two nostrils at the base of the nose, are found in cultures around the world. Brides in India can be seen with ornate gold rings connected to heavy matching earrings with ornate chains. Tribesmen in the deepest Amazon wear bones or bird feathers through enlarged septum piercings.
The most common place for piercing the nose is through the curve of one of the nostrils. Placement can be anywhere along the nostril, depending on the preference of the wearer. Usually a cork is inserted into the nostril to catch the needle end, and a straight needle is simply pushed thorough. It is important for people to find reputable piercers and not allow tools like ear piercing guns to be used. The reason that piercing guns should not be used for ANY form of piercing is that these tools are not sterilized and this leaves them capable of transmission of body fluid-borne diseases and infections, including hepatitis and HIV.