Why Has This Ancient Symbol Of Protection Surged In Popularity In The 21st Century?
Not so long ago, evil eye jewellery consisted mainly of blue and white glass symbols strung on a leather chord, with a definite boho vibe, but times have changed and over the years evil eye jewellery has taken on a new, vibrant, more sophisticated edge. But how exactly has this ancient symbol of protection made the leap from the pages of history to iconic jewellery status?
Belief in the evil eye dates back at least to the 6th century BC, when its image appeared on ancient Greek drinking vessels. The evil eye was seen as a look or stare of envy or dislike, believed to bring bad luck to the person at whom it was directed. The exact perception of this varies throughout history between tribes and cultures, but an item of evil eye jewellery is a universally accepted charm to provide protection from evil intent and deflect negative energy - usually designed in the shape of an eye and traditionally either blue or green, colours thought to provide spiritual protection.
In more recent times, as society has grappled with the modern evils of the pandemic, climate change and global unrest, perhaps this too has contributed to the burgeoning popularity of evil eye jewellery. Social media, showing celebrities wearing items of evil eye jewellery has also played a part – after publication of a photograph showing Meghan Markle wearing an evil eye pendant, the necklace promptly sold out! Evil eye jewellery has evolved into fine jewellery pieces comprising gold and silver and often studded with precious gemstones, none more perfect and powerful than Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis Lazuli was greatly favoured in history as a protection against the evil eye. Its glorious deep blue colour was thought to resemble the depths of the night sky, with white Calcite clouds and shimmering Pyrite stars, and wearing it was believed to repel the power of darkness and the evil eye, through the strength of light and wisdom. Today, Lapis Lazuli is known as the stone of truth and wisdom, it is a grounding stone thought to block negative energy. It is also associated with physical and mental well-being and peace, love, happiness and protection. It is thought to balance the body’s energy, encourage clarity and help you connect to your authentic self, enabling you to shine with confidence and authenticity.
Lapis London’s new Evil Eye range seeks to create an exquisite fusion of mystique, beauty and symbolism. It comprises timeless stunning Lapis Lazuli, gold vermeil and sterling silver necklaces and bracelets. Our beautiful jewellery pieces effortlessly blend ancient traditions with contemporary fashion trends and harness the powerful energies of Lapis Lazuli.