What Is an Evil Eye?

what is an evil eye

 

The evil eye is an ancient amulet said to protect us from bad luck, injuries or harmful powers. Shaped as an eye to stare back at the world to ward off the evil eye— a negative energy or invisible attack from someone’s glance that can cause bad luck or loss. The symbol is especially useful when we would like to protect something precious like a child, a happy relationship, and new car or house. 

This cobalt blue symbol has been found in seemingly infinite areas of history and time. From the bazaars in Turkey to the pages of comic books, the amulet—often referred to as a nazar in Turkish, has protected those who wear or use it for thousands of years. Some of the first depictions of the evil eye can be found in Turkish culture, dating back all the way to the Ottoman Empire. Different colors also symbolize different meanings—the deep cobalt blue for instance, represents karma and fate protection, relaxation, and open communication.

Commonly, you can find this charm in the form of a small, glass token. Its portable size makes it easy to have by your side while you’re out and about—when you’re most vulnerable to the curse and require protection.

A large shift in present day, however, is to actually wear the symbol. Jewelry, clothing, and bags are some of the many ways you can integrate the evil eye in your day-to-day. Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and Megan Markle have all been spotted wearing evil eye bags or even designing clothing with the signature motif!

Here on the Karen’s Line online store, you can find hand-designed clutches, totes, and canvas bags all with the evil eye emblem! Whether you’re looking to sport the symbol for their mystical powers or more so for the fashion, you can rest assured knowing that each symbol comes steeped with rich history and significance. So, take a look around our store and incorporate the evil eye into your wardrobe!