Nose jewels

NOSE JEWELS (נֶ֣זֶם). Hebrew women often wore a ring passed through the right nostril, and this still is done by Bedouin women in the E. The rings were made of gold or silver, and often had jewels, beads, or coral hanging from them. Rebekah was given a nose ring, wrongly given in the KJV as an earring (Gen 24:22, 30), and it is said that the ladies of Jerusalem wore nose rings (Isa 3:21). Among the jewels the Lord says He presented as a gift to Jerusalem was a ring for the nose (Ezek 16:12).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


The nose-jewel was made of gold or of silver, usually, and worn by many women of the East. It was a ring of from an inch to about three inches (in extreme cases) in diameter, and was passed through the right nostril. Usually there were pendant from the metal ring jewels, beads or coral. Such ornaments are still worn in some parts of the East.

See also AMULET; JEWEL.

Edward Bagby Pollard