A longtime legend in the piercing community has it that during the Victorian Era, young women from England were briefly caught up in the fad of having their nipples pierced.
“In the late 1890s the ‘bosom ring’ came into fashion briefly and sold in expensive Parisian jewelry shops. These ‘anneaux de sein’ were inserted through the nipple, and some women wore one on either side linked with a delicate chain.”
Make sure to read parts two and three as well!
For the truly curious, I’ve managed to track down the magazine letters that the Bodyartforms blog uncovered, and you can read them for yourself.
(thanks to Sarah for sending this in!)