It is said that ‘the eye is the window to the soul’ as it often reveals our true emotions to the outside world. But there is one ‘look’ that is shrouded in mystery and folklore: The Evil Eye.
Take your mind back to a trip to Greece or Turkey where you will have surely encountered an abundance of glass beads, amulets and ceramics decorated with the Evil Eye charm. But what is it about this hypnotic symbol that has transcended cultures and continents to become a jewellery trend without borders?
With a history dating back to ancient civilisations, the Evil Eye charm has traditionally been adopted by many cultures as a symbol of protection against harm where envy or malevolence is inflicted on one person by another. A positive force, the charm helps the bearer to deflect bad feeling or evil away.
At Astley Clarke we also like to interpret it as a symbol of wisdom as this intriguing tradition teaches us not to be envious of others’ success, but instead to achieve fulfilment through our own endeavours.
Offering tokens and other talismans has long been a way of ensuring a close friend or family member receives luck and protection while away from home. Nowadays that same touching gesture comes in the form of beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
A new take on the friendship bracelet, traditional symbols make the perfect gift for that special someone. Charms that shine and intrigue, you can now adorn your ears, neck or wrists with talismans in silver, yellow gold vermeil or rose gold vermeil, or offer them as meaningful gifts.
Available in our contemporary and fine jewellery collections, our Evil Eye Jewellery sits alongside other symbolic pieces from our Biography Collection, proposing a selection of gift options that have personal meaning.
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