Despite being pretty to look at and typically associated with high quality, sterling silver should never go in your freshly pierced nose – or any other new body piercing. Sterling silver nose rings are safe to wear as long as you aren't sensitive to the metals in the alloy, but they should only be worn in fully established piercings.
Here are few good reasons why sterling silver should never be worn in your unhealed nose piercing:
Not interested in the maintenance involved in keeping a sterling silver nose stud clean (click the link to read my tutorial)? Three low maintenance white colored metals that you can wear once your nose piercing heals are platinum, palladium, or a high-karat white gold. All three are excellent alternatives to silver. Nickel-sensitive people will need to seek out a nickel-free white gold alloy, such as palladium-white gold, because traditional white gold alloys use nickel to make the gold white.
I love using platinum and palladium in my piercings. Neither metal will turn colors in your piercing, they rarely need polished to stay shiny and bright, and both platinum and palladium are naturally white precious metals suitable for most people with metal sensitivities.