United by diverse styles: India's traditional nose rings, pins and studs

It is one of the defining features of Indian jewellery. For centuries, Indian women have pierced their noses and adorned themselves with nose rings, pins and studs. It holds a special signficance in ancient traditions, especially during weddings.

In India, different cultures from different parts of the country take pride in their distinctive designs of jewellery. Let's take a look at the different styles of nose rings, pins and studs of India.


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Primarily worn in North India, the Latkan is a nose pin with a chain that is attached to the hair. The nose pin is usually of a plain design while the connecting chain is ornamental.

Shikarpuri Nath

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A popular choice for bridal jewellery, the Shikarpuri Nath has Punjabi origins. It consists of a medium or large hoop worn on the nose with a chain connecting to the hair. The chain features varied motifs and can have pendants also.


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Like the Latkan, the Laung is also part of traditional North Indian attire. It is a nose stud usually made of gold with a gemstone embedded in it.

The Laung is named after the clove, which it resembles.

Guchhedar Nath

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Defining Maharashtra, Guchhedar Nath is the signature jewellery worn by women in the state. It resembles a cashew nut in shape and features pearls and gemstones in its design.


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Coming down to the South, the Mookuthi is a simple yet elegant nose pin designed like a lotus or swan. It is usually designed with a diamond or topaz. During weddings, brides wear the double stud design on both nostrils.


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Palakka is a nose stud tradtionally worn by the women of Kerala. It features small gemstones in a subtle and elegant design.

For designs with a pan-Indian appeal, try our range of nose pins. Including the Trinity Collection for three styles in one nose pin.