Body piercing is an ancient practice which has been recorded for thousands of years throughout the world. A mummified body found frozen in an Austrian Glacier in 1991 which was dated at over 5,000 years old had pierced ears with holes which had been enlarged to 7-11mm diameter.
During the 14th century many women wore such low necklines you could see much of their bare breast and the “Grand Neckline” introduced by Queen Isabella of Bavaria bared the body down to the navel. Eventually this led to not only rouge being applied to emphasize the nipples but also to placing diamond studded rings or caps on the nipple, some piercing the nipple with gold chains and diamonds. As fashion does, this once again appeared as nipple rings in the late 1890’s as the “Bosom Ring” which sold in expensive Paris jewelry stores. These were inserted through the nipple and linked with small chains. These rings actually enlarged the nipple and kept them in a “state of excitement”.