The Evil Eye is a symbol of the supernatural belief in curses, brought about by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when one is unaware.
Known use of this symbol dates back to the Ancient Greeks, 6th century BC, where it appeared on Chalcidian drinking vessels, known as ‘eye-cups’ as a type of apotropaic magic.
The Evil Eye is most prevalent in cultures of the Mediterranean region but also found in many other regions around the world.
In some cultures, it is believed that receiving the Evil Eye will cause misfortune or injury, while other cultures believe it to be a kind of supernatural force that casts or reflects a malevolent gaze back-upon those who wish harm upon individuals donning the symbol.
This is especially the case when gifted to the young or the innocent in an offering of protection.
In modern times, Evil Eye jewelry has gained popularity as being an item gifted to children and loved ones as a form of protection against curses, envy and evil glares.
Older iterations of the symbol were often made of ceramic or clay; however, following the production of glass beads in the Mediterranean region in approximately 1500 BC. Evil Eye beads being more prevalent, became popular with the Phoenicians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and the Ottomans.
It is believed that blue was likely more prominently used in ancient times as it was the easiest color of glass to create.
Modern evil eyes can be made in a variety of colors and multiple materials such as gold, silver, diamonds, opals, glass, and an array of precious and semi-precious stones.
At Samira 13, with many Evil Eye offerings, pieces are shown layered and stacked into everyday jewelry looks for day and evening.