Nov 22, 2009 7:30 AM
Keep leering eyes away with your own set of evil eyes! Clockwise from top left: The Luckxury Amulet Bracelet ($50) gives the red Kabala string look some fashion flippancy; the White Drops of Rain Evil Eye Bracelet ($24) is an alternative view on the traditional talisman; Evil Eye Earrings ($25) are pretty everyday drops, dressed up or down; the Intricate Evil Eye Necklace ($150) is an embellished art object worth splurging on; the Light Blue Evil Eye Bracelet ($17) is a straightforward pastel version of the classic; author your own lucky auspice in the Mini Evil Eye Notecards ($2). Apparently this motif is big business, but what's the big deal?
Let's enter the dark side... Belief in the the curse of the Evil Eye is ancient, and many cultures have adopted protective practices involving charms to ward off bad luck. Superstitious charms are most prevalent in the Middle East and Mediterranean but occur all over the world. Jewish tradition incites a Hamsa, or a hand-shaped amulet meant to ward off the evil eye. In Turkey, the traditional blue glass talisman is called Nazar Boncugu or Nazar for short, and in Greece they're referred to as mati. No matter what the belief system, the symbol itself is unchanging.
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