Whether you find it cool or creepy, this ancient symbol is officially a current trend. Rhonda Sargent Chambers dives into a little Evil Eye history – and a lot of shopping – after the jump.
Not only does this month’s InStyle magazine feature Evil Eye jewelry, but we spotted an Evil Eye cuff on Diane Von Furstenberg at NorthPark Center just last week. Kim Kardashian has also been snapped sporting the unusual symbol in bracelet form. Evil Eyes are officially trending as an eye-catching accessory, so I’ve highlighted a few of my top picks here today.
But first, a little history.
Belief in the symbol of the Evil Eye arose in Greece around 1 BC, then it spread through ancient Rome in the centuries to follow. Considered a curse, the Evil Eye transformed from an idea or gesture into the symbol we see here today around the 14th century. And somewhere between then and now, its significance did an about-face – today, the Evil Eye is considered an item of protection.
Lesson complete. Now, on with the shopping:
Firstly, Another Time and Place (four area locations) is a great source in our own back yards for many charms, bracelets, and necklaces in Evil Eye motifs.
Next, Max & Chloe’s selection of Evil Eye jewelry is nearly endless. I am especially fond of this Brian Danielle white and black diamond pendant ($450).
I also discovered two online sources dedicated strictly to gently-priced Evil Eye trinkets. From Luck Jewels, a fun charm bracelet ($49.99) has been used in many designers’ runway shows. And get a load of this crazy tee from the Evil Eye store ($29.50). Wear it with a white tux jacket and stove pipe rocker jeans!
Finally, I will leave you with an ancient Greek Orthodox Church chant, against the vaskania, or Evil Eye, from the Megan Hieron Synekdemon book of prayers: Μέγαν Ιερόν Συνέκδημον!
(Photo credits, from top: 1. DFW Style Daily, Sahar’s Accessory Corner, 2. DFW Style Daily, 3. Max & Chloe, 4. Luck Jewels, Evil Eye Store)