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The return of the nose pin
There was a time when wearing nose pin by women was a custom; every married woman wore one. Nose ornament was considered more than just a trinket, it was believed that every married female should pierce her nose and wear gold to bring good luck for her other half. In many religions, women take off their nose ornaments when their husbands pass away. But those days are long gone; today young and unmarried girls pierce their nose and wear trendy trinkets as a symbol of stylishness. In our day wearing a nose pin is more a craze than a custom.
It was during the late 1990s when wearing nose pin emerged as a fashion symbol among teenagers and adolescents of Dhaka. High school goers flocked to beauty salons like Woman's World, La Belle and Persona to have their nose pierced. At one time, piercing nose was a matter of panic for most women. The reason was that the entire process of pricking nose was intensely painful. However, this scenario is not true anymore. Today, you can pierce your nose within a matter of fifteen minutes. With the pulling of the trigger of a special gun, you can have a nice-looking stud on your nose. It was mainly because of the simple process of piercing ears and nose, which became popular during the 1990s, that the fashion of pricking nose has gained popularity over time.
Now, every three city girls out of ten probably have their nose pierced. It must be admitted that a small scintillating diamond on a woman's nose certainly adds to her beauty. Besides, nose pins are inexpensive and widely available in the local jewellery stores. This is presumably another reason why young girls and women are getting more and more interested in piercing their nose. Within Tk.100 to Tk.150 you can purchase a gold nose pin featuring a semi-precious stone on the top. However, the prices of nose ornaments vary with size. Those made entirely from gold may be priced as high as Tk.350 to Tk.500. You can even place an order for a nose pin of your choice in the local jewellery stores; custom-made nose pins will certainly cost you more than the ready made ones. Branches of Aarong also sell attractive nose rings and pins for their customers within the range of Tk.200 to Tk.250.
A diamond is forever... Owning a genuine diamond is every woman's dream. While the price of a diamond necklace maybe well beyond your ability, the price of a diamond nose pin maybe very well within your means. Within Tk.3500 to Tk.9000 you can own a stone as precious as diamond. You can check out jewellery outlets like Dia Gold, Amin Jewellers, Carbon Kraft, Venus and Royal for elegant and authentic diamond nose ornaments. Over the years, nose pins have adopted new changes in their look. At one time, nose pins were made purely from gold, however today, nose pins made from gold plus stone are in vogue. Stones of various colours and sizes are more popular in today's world of nose ornaments. Nadia, who studies in a reputable private university of Dhaka says that she changes her nose pin according to the colour of her dress! Such is the rage of nose ornaments in town right now.
Nose rings have also become a big hit among girls who want to look cool. Nose rings are now made from gold as well as silver. A trendy nose ring when complemented with dark eye makeup and a hip haircut is powerful enough to bestow on you a sensual appearance.
Some credit also goes to western pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Indian tennis players like Sania Mirza, both of whom have raised the trend on wearing nose pin/ring to a higher echelon.
There was a time when women only pierced their left nose. However, today's young girls have moved away from that tradition. Even though most women still pierce their left nose, there are quite a lot of girls who have chosen their right nose to wear trinkets. Sarika, who is a 12 th grader, said that she pierced her right nose because it makes her look different from the rest. She believes that it also makes her look more attractive than those who have pierced their left nose.
A custom that once began with the belief that nose pins could bring fortune to a woman's marital life has over decades turned into a fashion symbol. The fact that every married woman must wear jewellery on their nose is not applicable in the modern world. Today it's a matter of your own choice. However, even in today's hi-tech age we still love to cling to the century-old tradition of adorning the feminine nose with gems and jewellery.
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