Evil Eye Jewelry - A Biblical Perspective
Posted on January 02 2020
Evil eye jewelry. For the last few years it seems to be EVERYWHERE. I have to admit, some of it is pretty cool looking. With endorsements from many A-list celebrities as well as quite a few high end jewelry lines embracing the trend and creating just about every style of gemstone encrusted evil eye, one could imagine that this is an exciting new trend. The reality is that the evil eye amulet has been a source of fascination for many thousands of years. The earliest roots of belief in the evil eye as well as ways to protect against it were found in many ancient civilizations—including those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Phoenicia, and Greece — as well as the Old Testament. Actually, archaeological evidence reveals that amulets were very common in the ancient cultures, especially among pagan peoples.
What is wearing the evil eye actually supposed to do? For thousands of years, the look given to someone known as “the evil eye” is said to have afflicted countless people everywhere. Now, to clarify, this is not evil eye jewelry (amulets), which supposedly repels the curse, but the actual evil eye glare which is supposedly a curse...yes, this is confusing! The belief is that with a covetous gaze, a person can curse another, their children, or even their property with misfortune, illness, or death. This glare, prompted by envy or greed, is given to inflict suffering, harm, and bad luck on the recipient. Those who fear the evil eye have created several defenses against it. Incantations, amulets, and rituals (like spitting three times). But one talisman has proved to be the most well known and popular: an amulet of an eye, which is meant to deflect envious onlookers. The evil eyes that are popular are typically a blue circle with an eye shape in the middle. They derive their name from the feared evil eye glare. People believe the charms act as a shield, protecting against the effects of receiving the evil eye glare.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. . . . Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:11, 14-17, (NIV).
I am a true jewelry lover, as anyone who knows me will agree. As pretty as some of these evil eye pendants are I think I will have to pass on them - I just don’t like what they represent. It’s a personal choice and this is just my opinion but I’ll have to say “No Thanks!”