Miniature Zulu nose rings now promised as a summer fancy (1916)
They are jeweled so that they sparkle in the sunlight when the wearer treads the classic concrete of Fifth Avenue — To those contemplating a purchase, it may be added that they slip on without having to pierce the nose.
Little nose rings now a fashion trend for women
Ambitious jewelers are considering the advisability of making them to suit any time of day or any variety of dress — stunning color effects, in platinum and enamel are promised, while drop pendants give ample opportunity for the original
The Zulu damsels with dangling nose rings would scarcely attract the attention of a recruiter for the “Follies,” yet certain young American women are challenging comparison by affecting the same form of adornment that makes these same dusky belles super hideous. In New York, that home of the everything that is odd in fads, these nose rings have already been seen.
They are dainty trinkets, indeed — set lavishly with sparkling jewels that flash and glitter in the sun and call attention to their appearance. The ring slips on the nose without the preliminary piercing considered au fait in Zululand. It remains to be seen whether it pinches enough to make the wearer uncomfortable.
Rumors have floated southward that some of the more exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelers are considering making these rings to harmonize with any costume or to suit any occasion. For morning wear, there will be simple engraved affairs suggesting the chaste dignity of a wedding ring. For afternoons, they will be engraved and set with pearls or less conspicuous jewels. In the evening, pendant drops with the family diamonds may be attached.
For conservative women, the rings will be copied in pure platinum, with enamel inlays. These may match the color of the gown.
To Miss Cleo Mayfield, of “The Blue Paradise,” is given the credit for inaugurating this fashion. She and her dangling nose ring have become familiar sights on Fifth Avenue. Others anxious to be up-to-date have copied the mode, and now the nose ring is accepted as part of the correct outdoor attire in the best circles.