Historically, the 'evil eye' is considered to be a look or stare that may bring upon bad luck for the person at whom it is directed—a belief that is especially prominent in West Asia and the Mediterranean. And to counter the ill effects of this negative gaze, evil eye charms, pendants, and rings—a quasi-universal symbol of protection—is often worn by individuals to shield themselves from the evil spirits.
From renowned Hollywood names including Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle to Bollywood celebrities such as Janhvi Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty, you'd often spot stars adorning the evil eye—not only in the form of jewellery but other accessories as well; shoes, bags, hats, and now, face masks too! For instance, Meghan Markle often wears one, sometimes in the form of a pendant with a blue topaz eye, and at other times a delicate gold evil eye bracelet. "My mother would put an evil eye pin on my crib to make sure that any negative energy directed at me would be turned back, and I would be protected and safe. Around the age of 6, I got my first piece of jewellery which was a small gold ID bracelet with a tiny evil eye charm hanging from it," she said in an interview.
Want one of your own? Take a look at Cosmo's edit of striking, statement evil eye jewellery—necklaces, bracelets, rings, and pendants—you need to add to your bijoux box.
1. Swarovski, Womens Swarovski Symbolic Evil Eye Pendant Necklace, Rs. 7,090
2. Esme Cystals, Evil Eye Cananry, OGAAN Market, Rs. 8,100
3. Prerto, Sicura Evil Eye Necklace, Rs. 3,600
4. Candere by Kalyan Jewellers, Flo Evil Eye Ring, Rs. 8,830
5. Pipa Bella, 18k Gold Plated Cubic Zirconia Azaria Evil Eye Necklace, Rs. 1,923
6. Isharya, Eye of Ra Evil Eye Charm, Rs. 3,999
7. Zariin, Eye Spy Earrings, Rs. 2,250
8. Mystic Flavia, Evil Eye Pendant White Blue Zircon Silver Necklace, Rs. 2,799
9. Fusio Jewellery, Enamel Evil Eye Bangle, Rs. 1,500
10. CaratLane, Evil Eye Gold Watch Charm, Rs. 6,075
11. GIVA, Oxidised Silver Evil Eye Pendant with Box Chain, Rs. 3,399
12. Joker & Witch, Quinn Evil Eye Gold Earrings, Rs. 1,099