In the late nineteenth century, it was the fashion among many English women to wear gold rings through their nipples. In an 1899 edition of the British Journal Society, fascinating details are given about thiws fad. The woman who wished to wear such ornaments, the magazine said, had holes bored through her nipples and thin golden rings threated through the holes. It was believed that wearing such rings made the breasts fuller and rounder, and that the rings were a stimulating sight for men when exposed. The operation was performed by jewelers just as ear piercings are done today.