Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

the Torch

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The Evil Eye

4 min read

Recently the Evil Eye in jewelry, but also in many different art forms, has been trending on social media as an aesthetic and is very popular in the crystal community. Even celebrities have been wearing evil eye jewelry as it gains popularity like Sophia Vergara, Britney Spears, Rhianna, Kim Kardashian, and many more. However, it is crucial to know the origin and meaning behind the evil eye.

The Evil Eye could have originated as early as the Upper Paleolithic age. The beliefs of what the evil eye does vary by culture. Some believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury, while others believe it to cast or reflect a malevolent gaze upon those who wish harm upon others.

The belief in the evil eye is the strongest in West Asia, Latin America, East, and West Africa, Central America, South Asia, Central Asia, and Europe, especially the Mediterranean region.

The Nazar Boncuk charm (or Turkish Eye Bead) is an “eye” often set on a blue background. It stares back at the world to ward off the evil eye and keeps you safe from harm. Since they made the bead, people have been attaching to everything they wish to protect from the evil eyes; from newborn babies to their horses or even their doors to their homes.

In Turkey, Greece, and the surrounding countries, the most popular color of the evil eye is dark blue. However, they can come in various colors, and they all have different meanings.

Orange: Happiness, protection, motivation for commitment, and increase creativity and playfulness

Light Blue: General protection, broadening your perspective, and solitude and peace

Red: Brings you courage, more enthusiasm, energy, and protection from fears and anxieties

Dark Green: Garner’s happiness, balance in your life, and freedom to pursue new ideas

Brown: Protection from the elements, connection with nature, and orderliness and convection

Purple: Boost imagination, re-balance one’s life, and removes an obstacle

Gray: Protection against sorrow, openness to new situations, and reduces the intensity of another color

White: Purity and focus, clear clutter and obstacles, and to start fresh

Yellow: Protect the health, relief from exhaustion, sharper mind, and concentration

Light Green: Success with dreams, enjoyment, and contentment, and good health

Pink: Protect friendships, calm feeling, and content/relaxation

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