An evil eye can see no good, so says a famous Danish proverb however the meaning of the ancient evil eye myth is in fact the very opposite.
While the term ‘evil eye’ quite literally refers to the universal curse of the malevolent glare of another (usually generated by envy and jealously) in jewellery the symbol of the ‘evil eye’ is actually used to ward off the negative energy from such a stare.
Instead it is believed that the wearing of an eyil eye symbol bestows good luck on the wearer, hence the reason why we wear this emotive symbol. There is no charm or amulet more recognised for warding off the negative emotions of others than the ‘evil eye’.
The image of the evil eye has become somewhat of a fashion statement in recent years and this is thanks in no small part to the endorsement of popular figures in the fashion industry. As a result there has been a surge in popularity for this traditional good luck symbol.
The concept of the evil eye though has a long and ineresting history that can be dated all the way back to the Ancient Greeks.
References to it can also be found in Jewish, Buddhist, Celtic and eastern traditions.
In Ancient Egypt the Eye of Horus (wedjat eye or udjat eye) was buried with the pharaohs to protect them in the afterlife. The stylised eye symbol can be found as a hieroglyph in ancient Egyptian art and was a popular symbol on amulets used for protection.
The eye itself is comprised of six different parts and there has been much speculation about the significance of this number as a mathematical formula.
Whatever the truth behind the origins of this famous Egyptian symbol, the fact that it came from one of the world’s earliest civilisations and is as powerful today as it was during the reign of the Egyptians speaks volumes about our attachment to the potency of this enduring emblem.
In addition to the Evil Eye, the Hand of Hamsa (or Fatima) is also a similar symbol of protection and good fortune and often features the evil eye in the palm of the hand.
Taken from the Hebrew word hamesh, meaning five, the hand amulet is worn to bring good luck and happiness.
Whether you choose to wear the evil eye symbol for a little luck and protection or simply as something unique and different in your jewellery collection take a look at our selection of evil eye inspired designs.
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