As we saw a few weeks back with the example of hand jewelry (that is, jewelry fashioned after the appearance of hands, not the kind simply worn on them), designs that celebrate our body parts are big sellers. There are countless other examples of this sort, but a very popular one is that of the eye.
Of course this is nothing revolutionary—jewelry in the shape of an eye has been around in some form for far longer than you and I. But in 2020, when talismans and amulets became all the more powerful as antidotes to fearful and turbulent times, the eye stood out as a top-selling icon.
This sales trend (I could never call it a fashion trend—it’s been around far too long and is much too sticky for such a term) continues to hold, as new arrivals to the eye scene keep coming.
A Google search for eye jewelry brings up what could be considered evil eye jewelry; although this kind of jewelry can have a very specific look, the term can also be used fairly loosely to encompass a range of styles.
Or I should say, evil eye jewelry used to have only one look. Typically designed in blue (or less often green), evil eye jewelry used to consist of the Greek souvenir style that hangs near my doorway, a round orb in deep blue with a white sclera at its center. (Side note: After a visit to Greece, I became so intrigued by the presence of the evil eye amulet that I dove into its history and meaning—you can read the article, which is more than several years old at this point!—and even got a tattoo of one).
But designers today have devised all kinds of interesting takes on the magnificent sensory orb, and it’s enough to have anyone starting collections just to admire and wear such a variety. While not all eye jewelry is inspired by the popular talisman, every piece is equally magical, and even those pieces not designed with protective properties in mind still make us feel like we’re being watched over. I especially love the pieces that incorporate art or lifelike imagery of the eye itself—they’re hauntingly gorgeous and definitely make for conversation pieces.
But no matter which take on this jewelry suits one best, as it’s often said: It never hurts to keep an extra eye on things.
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