Double Take: Origin of the Symbolic Evil Eye

Trend alert: the evil eye has taken over as the must-have motif on just about every accessory. But where did this symbol of superstition come from? And just what does it mean?

Evil Eye

Evidence of the evil eye can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, but belief in the symbol is widespread on every continent.

Superstition surrounding the eye maintains that a strong glare is powerful enough to inflict misfortune upon its recipient – and sporting some evil-eye jewelry is the best way to ward off the curse.

Today, the trending eye candy – often encrusted with diamonds – is, should we say, a little more elaborate than traditional beads. The symbol has even been spotted in printed form on the runways, so expect to see some pattern play on ready-to-wear pieces this season.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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August 27, 2013