Evil eye beads are 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. Evil eye beads are very popular in Turkey, where the creation of such beads is considered an art. The beads are also popular in several other places where the concept of the evil eye is commonly believed in and where wearing evil eye jewelry is common to protect the wearer from misfortunes.
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. But in modern times and as evil eye jewelry further develops, evil eye beads in various colors started appearing, and most colors are used for fashion and aesthetics purposes.
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. There, the evil eye bead is called the nazar boncuk charm. 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 especially in Turkey where almost every house, every car, and every building is decorated with the evil eye. Men, women, and children usually have them on their person in some way. And parents make sure that evil eye beads are also pinned to the garments their babies wear since babies are known to be extremely vulnerable to unintentional curses brought by the evil eye.
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.