You don’t have to be superstitious to appreciate Evil Eye jewelry…but it helps. Evil Eye styles have been trending lately, thanks in part to the arrival of Friday the 13th on the May, 2016 calendar.
Evil Eye beads, charms and talismans have been used for thousands of years, in many different cultures, to ward off so-called Evil Eye curses aroused by jealousy; and to protect the wearer from bodily harm.
Most popular in Greece and Turkey, Evil Eye beads were first brought to this country as souvenirs from overseas travels. Now they are here to stay…a familiar motif in costume and fine jewelry collections alike.
A Sought-After Jewelry Style
Today, the Mediterranean-blue Evil Eye design is a sought-after jewelry style found in charms, rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Take a look at this selection of 48 different Evil Eye pieces we found at Bloomingdales.com, for instance. Prices range from $78 for an Alex & Ani charm bracelet to $975 for a David Yurman sapphire necklace…and beyond!
Not surprisingly, entertainment industry celebrities and reality show stars have popularized the Evil Eye jewelry trend over the past few years. Rihanna, Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, among others, have all been “eyeballed” by the paparazzi while wearing their blue-eyed jewels.
(Speaking of celebrities, we’re not sure if the Duchess of Cambridge chose her Asprey pendant for its subtle Evil Eye design, or because it matches her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring!)
Eye on the Prize
Our favorite Evil Eye jewelry design is BaubleBar’s gold lariat necklace with a baby-blue Evil Eye centerpiece. Its combination of lariat styling, gold fringe and Evil Eye charm could have landed it in the “too trendy” category. Instead, it succeeds as a wardrobe classic: a versatile gold necklace…and a piece of good luck!
Sapphire-blue and clear crystals form the Evil Eye centerpiece of this lariat necklace. Finished with chain-link fringe, the ancient symbol represents good luck for the wearer and celebrates beautiful Istanbul. Imported.
Sources: Apartmentf15.blogspot.com; Baublebar.com; Beirut.com; Bloomingdales.com; Groupon.com