Everyone from Madonna to Britney Spears has been seen wearing evil eye jewelry or hamsa based jewelry in pop culture media these days. Naturally, this has sparked a fashion craze that finds modern-day, style conscious women looking for all new ways to combine fashion forwardness with today's increasingly strong focus on maintaining a rich spiritual life.
As a protective barrier, Evil eye jewelry was created to stare back at the eyes of harm. Traditionally, these evil eye bracelet or evil eye necklace brought happiness, love, success, and wealth to their keepers. Evil eye for children: Parents put evil eye beads or evil eye baby pin charms on their newborns in order to preserve their children's potentials and success. The eye inspires growth, strength, and good health..
"Be careful, there are a lot of jealous people out there."
No matter what you call it, the "evil eye" is unwanted in cultures around the world. In Latin American culture, "mal de ojo" is caused when one looks at another with envy and it is believed to inflict injury or bad luck. Mothers are especially wary of evil eye and protect their infants by having them wear evil eye bracelets, like this red-beaded one from El Salvador. Those who come to admire the baby are also encouraged to touch the child to ward off "mal de ojo." Children afflicted with evil eye must be seen by a curandero (healer), who will often perform a ritual which includes passing an egg over the child's body and breaking it into a glass of water.
Most people don't realize that the 'mati' is a concept of great antiquity, and although it has become part of the Orthodox Christian tradition it transcends religion. It is shared by the Muslim, Jewish and even Hindu civilizations across Eurasia, where it is commonly known as 'nazar'. If you've ever seen a person of Greek origin sporting a circular glass charm that shows a curious blue eye, then you've seen the classic Greek evil eye symbol -- the matiasma. This eye's main purpose isn't really an aesthetic one, but rather to serve the function of warding off the effects of the evil eye. Matiasma means "evil eye" in Greek, and is often shortened to mati, or "eye."
The meaning of bead colors:
Blue: The traditional color for good karma, positive energies and protection against the evil eye. Light Blue: Color of the sky – symbolizes truth and therefore it provides direct protection against the evil eye.
The 'evil eye' 'mati' 'ojo turco' 'nazar' the tradition of the charm persists, for new babies, new businesses, housewarmings and even new cars – any occasion when a 'good luck' wish is called for.