When it comes to gems the hidden ones are often stories, not stones. Welcome to Demystified, where we look beyond the jewelry box, past our closets, and into the depths of our most cherished possessions to reveal their cross-cultural significance.
The eye: a small but mighty organ that harnesses tremendous potential beyond its base biological function. It’s a master of emotion, subject of creative masterpieces by Margaret Keane to Van Morrison, and focal point for many of literature’s most profound love stories. But, for thousands of years, it’s also been known to transmit a spiteful curse that can only be broken with a certain accessory.
Ever snagged the only open spot in a packed parking lot or, swiped the last jacket at an Acne Studios sample sale? If so, then you know the wrath of a vicious look. Because these types of envious glares were thought to cast curses of misfortune or physical harm, eye-shaped talismans were historically employed as a form of eye-for-an-eye protection. Superstitions surrounding the evil eye may vary, but ocular amulets are worn across the globe as quasi-universal mechanisms of defense. The popular aesthetic interpretation of what was originally a small, eye-like blue bead has …read more