Here's What Your Evil Eye Accessory Really Means

Amanda Randone

The eye: a small but mighty organ that harnesses tremendous potential beyond its base biological function. It's a master of emotion, subject of creative masterpieces by Margaret Keane to Van Morrison, and focal point for many of literature's most profound love stories. But, for thousands of years, it's also been known to transmit a spiteful curse that can only be broken with a certain accessory.

Ever snagged the only open spot in a packed parking lot or, swiped the last jacket at an Acne Studios sample sale? If so, then you know the wrath of a vicious look. Because these types of envious glares were thought to cast curses of misfortune or physical harm, eye-shaped talismans were historically employed as a form of eye-for-an-eye protection. Superstitions surrounding the evil eye may vary, but ocular amulets are worn across the globe as quasi-universal mechanisms of defense. The popular aesthetic interpretation of what was originally a small, eye-like blue bead has evolved with contemporary fashion's growing interest in mystical jewelry and design. But, long before the evil eye pins à la Alexander McQueen and Gigi Hadid's embellished mules for Stuart Weitzman (and now, the evil eye bracelet she dons to match that of her boyfriend and future baby daddy, Zayn Malik), the use of this enchanted motif spanned centuries and civilizations dating back to 3300 BC — most notably in the Ottoman Empire.

According to Ileana Makri, a Greek jewelry designer who draws inspiration from ancient mythology, the significance of the evil-eye charm extends far beyond its ability to deflect bad luck; The incantation lies in its broad appeal powerful enough to bridge cultural divides. "I see that with time many people around the world enjoy wearing an amulet that makes them feel protected from the negative forces that might be directed towards them," Makri says. "It creates a connection with the metaphysical world."

A figurative armor of sorts, this symbol allows for its wearer to feel as though they're actively preparing for life's unexpected challenges. Ahead, discover the design in a glittering range of iterations you can employ as style with intention.

When it comes to gems the hidden ones are often stories, not stones. Welcome to Demystified, where we look beyond the jewelry box, past our closets, and into the depths of our most cherished possessions to reveal their cross-cultural significance.

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Ileana Makri's fine jewelry collection is available at <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/Shop/Designers/Ileana_Makri" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-a-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-a-Porter</a> and <a href="https://ileanamakri.com/pages/about" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ileana Makri's website" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ileana Makri's website</a>. <br> <br> <strong>Ileana Makri</strong> 18-karat Rose Gold Diamond Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F1137964%2FIleana_Makri%2Fireedp-18-karat-rose-gold-diamond-necklace" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>
Ileana Makri's fine jewelry collection is available at Net-a-Porter and Ileana Makri's website.

Ileana Makri 18-karat Rose Gold Diamond Necklace, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Makri also has a more affordable sister line of demi-fine jewels made of sterling silver, plated gold, and semi-precious stones called <a href="https://www.eye-m-ileanamakri.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eye M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eye M</a>. <br> <br> <strong>Eye M</strong> Moon Evil Eye Single Stud Earring, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ylang23.com%2Fproduct%2Feye%2Bm%2Bby%2Bileana%2Bmakri%2Bevil%2Beye%2Bmoon%2Bsingle%2Bearring.do" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ylang 23" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ylang 23</a>
Makri also has a more affordable sister line of demi-fine jewels made of sterling silver, plated gold, and semi-precious stones called Eye M.

Eye M Moon Evil Eye Single Stud Earring, $, available at Ylang 23
Ahead, we curated even more evil eye adornments for your ears, necks, wrists, and beyond. <br> <br> <strong>Maison Irem</strong> Pearl Nazar Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fpearl-nazar-bracelet-maison-irem%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1598732980.htm%3FfolderID%3D59351%26fm%3Dother-viewall%26os%3Dfalse%26colorId%3D11338" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>
Ahead, we curated even more evil eye adornments for your ears, necks, wrists, and beyond.

Maison Irem Pearl Nazar Bracelet, $, available at Shopbop
<br> <br> <strong>Lili Claspe</strong> Evil Eye Anklet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Flili-claspe-evil-eye-anklet%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Lili Claspe Evil Eye Anklet, $, available at Free People
<br> <br> <strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Eye Plant Wall Shelf, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Feye-plant-wall-shelf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Outfitters Eye Plant Wall Shelf, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br> <br> <strong>Zoë Chicco</strong> Halo Chain Chain Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fzoe-chicco-paris-diamond-halo-chain-chain-bracelet%2F5433211%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3Dyellow%2520gold" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Zoë Chicco Halo Chain Chain Bracelet, $, available at Nordstrom
<br> <br> <strong>Mooch</strong> Evil Eye Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.trouva.com%2Fproducts%2Fmooch-evil-eye-earrings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trouva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trouva</a>


Mooch Evil Eye Earrings, $, available at Trouva
<br> <br> <strong>NAEGEA</strong> Evil Eye Coasters, Set of 3, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F709876410%2Fevil-eye-coaster-set-drink-holders" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>


NAEGEA Evil Eye Coasters, Set of 3, $, available at Etsy
<br> <br> <strong>Target</strong> Evil Eye Charm Short Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fevil-eye-charm-short-necklace-gold%2F-%2FA-54555536" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target.com</a>


Target Evil Eye Charm Short Necklace, $, available at Target.com
<br> <br> <strong>Ana Luisa</strong> Evil Eye Signet Ring, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.analuisa.com%2Fproducts%2Fevil-eye-signet-ring-carol" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ana Luisa" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ana Luisa</a>


Ana Luisa Evil Eye Signet Ring, $, available at Ana Luisa
<br> <br> <strong>BaubleBar</strong> Athena Pendant Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.baublebar.com%2Fproduct%2F45872-athena-pendant-necklace" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BaubleBar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BaubleBar</a>


BaubleBar Athena Pendant Necklace, $, available at BaubleBar
<br> <br> <strong>casacarta</strong> Evil Eye Bowl - Fine Bone China - White, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amara.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2Fevil-eye-bowl-fine-bone-china-white" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amara</a>


casacarta Evil Eye Bowl - Fine Bone China - White, $, available at Amara
<br> <br> <strong>Astley Clarke</strong> Mini Evil Eye Biography Studs, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fastley-clarke-mini-evil-eye-biography-stud-earrings-item-11761773.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>


Astley Clarke Mini Evil Eye Biography Studs, $, available at Farfetch
<br> <br> <strong>Jennifer Zeuner</strong> Rafaella Spirit Eye Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fjennifer-zeuner-jewelry-rafaella-spirit-eye-necklace%3Fcategory%3DSEARCHRESULTS%26color%3D070" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Jennifer Zeuner Rafaella Spirit Eye Necklace, $, available at Anthropologie
<br> <br> <strong>H&M Home</strong> Eye-shaped Mirror, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0568234001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Home Eye-shaped Mirror, $, available at H&M
<br> <br> <strong>Mejuri</strong> Pavé Evil Eye Ring , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmejuri.com%2Fshop%2Fproducts%2Fdiamond-pave-evil-eye-ring" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mejuri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mejuri</a>


Mejuri Pavé Evil Eye Ring , $, available at Mejuri
<br> <br> <strong>Sydney Evan</strong> Enamel Evil Eye Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bergdorfgoodman.com%2Fp%2Fsydney-evan-14k-navy-enamel-turquoise-evil-eye-necklace-prod146130038" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bergdorf Goodman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bergdorf Goodman</a>


Sydney Evan Enamel Evil Eye Necklace, $, available at Bergdorf Goodman
<br> <br> <strong>Beck Jewels</strong> Evil Eye Lolita Trio Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmaison-de-mode.com%2Fproducts%2Fevil-eye-lolita-trio-earrings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Maison de Mode" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Maison de Mode</a>


Beck Jewels Evil Eye Lolita Trio Earrings, $, available at Maison de Mode
<br> <br> <strong>David Yurman</strong> Evil Eye Amulet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Fdavid-yurman-cable-collectibles-evil-eye-amulet-in-18k-yellow-gold-with-diamonds%2Fproduct%2F0400096920134" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>


David Yurman Evil Eye Amulet, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
<br> <br> <strong>Coral & Tusk</strong> Evil Eye Pouch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.maisonette.com%2Fkids%2Fgirl-accessories%2Fbags%2Fevil-eye-pouch" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Maisonette" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Maisonette</a>


Coral & Tusk Evil Eye Pouch, $, available at Maisonette
<br> <br> <strong>Adina's Jewels</strong> Evil Eye Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fadinas-jewels-evil-eye-necklace%2F5385320" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Adina's Jewels Evil Eye Necklace, $, available at Nordstrom
<br> <br> <strong>Novogratz Collection</strong> All Seeing Eye Area Rug (2' X 3'), $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Novogratz-Momeni-CUCINCNA-9MTI2030-Cucina-Kitchen/dp/B07P9SFDZN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Novogratz Collection All Seeing Eye Area Rug (2' X 3'), $, available at Amazon
<br> <br> <strong>Jennifer Zeuner</strong> Enamel Evil Eye Romy Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Fjennifer-zeuner-jewelry-nazar-14k-yellow-goldplated-diamond-enamel-evil-eye-romy-bracelet%2Fproduct%2F0400011454388" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>


Jennifer Zeuner Enamel Evil Eye Romy Bracelet, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
<br> <br> <strong>Anthropologie</strong> Cassiopeia Coaster, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fcassiopeia-coaster" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Anthropologie Cassiopeia Coaster, $, available at Anthropologie
<br> <br> <strong>Cost Plus World Market</strong> Teal & Black Evil Eye Gusseted Throw Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldmarket.com%2Fproduct%2Fteal%2Band%2Bblack%2Bevil%2Beye%2Bgusseted%2Bthrow%2Bpillow.do" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cost Plus World Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cost Plus World Market</a>


Cost Plus World Market Teal & Black Evil Eye Gusseted Throw Pillow, $, available at Cost Plus World Market
<br> <br> <strong>Joanna Buchanan</strong> S/6 Evil Eye Cocktail Picks, Silver/Blue, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onekingslane.com%2Fp%2F4783588-s-6-evil-eye-cocktail-picks-silver-blue.do" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:One Kings Lane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">One Kings Lane</a>


Joanna Buchanan S/6 Evil Eye Cocktail Picks, Silver/Blue, $, available at One Kings Lane
<br> <br> <strong>MasLinda</strong> Evil Eye Leather Espadrilles Slides, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F583738484%2Fslides-sandals-with-evil-eye-leather" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>


MasLinda Evil Eye Leather Espadrilles Slides, $, available at Etsy
<br> <br> <strong>Alex & Ani</strong> Evil Eye Ring Wrap, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.alexandani.com%2Fevil-eye-ring-wrap-sterling-silver.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alex & Ani" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alex & Ani</a>


Alex & Ani Evil Eye Ring Wrap, $, available at Alex & Ani
<br> <br> <strong>Tory Burch</strong> Evil Eye Bangle Watch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.toryburch.com%2Fevil-eye-bangle-watch--stainless-steel%252Fivory--25-mm%2FTBW5003.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tory Burch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tory Burch</a>


Tory Burch Evil Eye Bangle Watch, $, available at Tory Burch
<br> <br> <strong>Marc & Marcella x Bloomingdale's</strong> Diamond & Sapphire Evil Eye Ring , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomingdales.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fbloomingdales-marc-marcella-diamond-sapphire-evil-eye-ring-in-sterling-silver-14k-gold-plated-sterling-silver-0.09-ct.-t.w.-100-exclusive%3FID%3D3448479" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bloomingdale's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bloomingdale's</a>


Marc & Marcella x Bloomingdale's Diamond & Sapphire Evil Eye Ring , $, available at Bloomingdale's
<br> <br> <strong>Satya Jewelry</strong> 8mm Stretch Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Satya-Jewelry-Green-Stretch-Bracelet/dp/B01HBINVMM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Satya Jewelry 8mm Stretch Bracelet, $, available at Amazon
<br> <br> <strong>Swarovski</strong> Duo Evil Eye Pendant, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Swarovski-Duo-Evil-Eye-Pendant/dp/B016ROFMKU/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Swarovski Duo Evil Eye Pendant, $, available at Amazon
<br> <br> <strong>Ileana Makri</strong> Double Eye White Gold, Diamond and Glass Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F1137965%2FIleana_Makri%2Fdouble-eye-18-karat-white-gold-diamond-and-glass-bracelet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


Ileana Makri Double Eye White Gold, Diamond and Glass Bracelet, $, available at Net-A-Porter

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