Evil Eye Beads – The Story Behind the Art

Glass Evil Eye Bead

Evil eye beads are simply artistic glass beads with what looks like an eye painted on them. These are beads used to ward off the malice and curse that comes when someone shots an evil eye. The design of the bead might sound simple but the art behind creating a variety of these beads and creating results that are unique and of value is what differentiates an ordinary beadmaker from one that is an artist.

Evil eye beads come in many different variations. They come in various sizes, shapes, and colors. They are often made of glass, but in some cases, other materials are also used. The most common evil eye beads are color blue, green, or turquoise, though in ancient traditional belief in the evil eye, the color of the protective charm is blue. This is related to the blue color of fresh and cool water, which is not abundant and is therefore very precious to the culture of Italy,Greece and Turkey. 

You will, however, also see a lot of red evil eye beads. These beads are more commonly used by the Jewish believers of the evil eye because for the Jewish religion, red is considered the color of good luck and good fortune. As evil eye jewelry further develops, evil eye beads in various colors have entered the evil eye jewelry market creating unique pieces that can match any fashion look.

 The use of the evil eye beads can be traced back to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, where the concept of the evil eye is most common and is strongest.  The idea is that the eye stares right back at the world to keep evil spirits at bay and to protect the wearer. The eye beads are very common where almost every house, every car, and every building is decorated with the evil eye. Men, women, and children usually have them on in some fashion whether it is an evil eye jewelry such as an evil eye bracelet or just a simple pin attached to the shoulder of a newborn.

Evil eye beads can be used in different ways. More often than not, they are strung together to make bracelets or necklaces, or they are used as the main fixture in a bracelet or a necklace. Due to the widespread use of the beads, they are often known as ordinary good luck charms. However, the evil eye bead is not an ordinary charm that wards off good luck. The concept behind it is actually founded on decades of culture and tradition. You can read more about the history behind the evil eye bead throughout www.evileye.org .

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