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Monday, January 16, 2012

Turkish Blue Evil Eye

Turkish Blue Evil Eye

I took this picture a few years ago at a Fair......

When I first got married to my husband and he took me to Turkey to visit his Family about 24 years ago.......he did not warn me about these Blue Evil Eyes. They are everywhere and on everything. This was the first time I had ever seen them. Anywhere we went to visit  all his friends would give me some bracelets or dishes or mugs with that Blue Evil Eye. After I learned the meaning of it .... I felt so relieved that nobody could have an evil eye for me. :-)

Now it has become like an obsession.........I have hundreds of jewelry items that I have collected. Well most times anywhere I go and if someone likes it I just give it to them....I only have a few hundred at home . Really it started out as I would go to Turkey and when I visited any bazaar or shopping mall or any tourist area they were selling them bracelets or necklaces or mugs, plates, etc........so naturally I would buy them. They are dirt cheap........so in the end when I came home and unpacked I noticed I had a lot of them. Just didn't pay attention when purchasing them I thought this one is pretty, etc., etc.,  Then when my husband's sister visits she also stocks me up on them......You are probably thinking that my house is covered in them.....well not really I have them all boxed. But I do wear my necklaces and bracelets sometimes and I do use the mugs and some plates and I also have some towels and sheets and a small area rug.

My husband laughs......he said I have more then any Turk he knows. He's always telling me go on Ebay with my vast collection.....hey I'm a collector. Maybe one day I will part with some of them.


     The Turkish Evil Eye Pendant or the Nazar Boncugu, which literally means the "evil eye bead", is actually a stone bead, which is worn to protect oneself from evil looks. The stone is an amalgamation of molten glass, iron, copper, water and salt. This particular combination of minerals and metals is believed to provide a shield from the forces of evil....the old saying said.

     So the idea is to protect yourself, your house, your office or the beloved ones.
If you want to use it in your house you should hang it in the entrance of the house, so any visitor will see it. If you want to wear, the most common one is a small amulet that can be hanged on your cloth, your bag, your wrist or your neck.

     The evil eye pendant is attached to anything and everything that, it is felt, will attract envy and greed. Thus, you will find a Turkish man attaching the evil eye pendant in front of his house or office, hanging it from the neck of his newborn child, or his farm animals and even on his newly acquired machinery.


  A wall hanging.

Magnet from the city of Bodrum.

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  1. You have a giant collection! Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Erica.

  2. Thanks for reminding me about Turkish evil eyes; when I attended college in Istanbul I bought one in the covered bazaar, and now I will go find it. Mine is hanging as a pendant on a necklace.

  3. Never hear about it but thank's for the info:)

    Visiting for Blue Monday! Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)


  4. I'd never heard of an evil eye bead. Thanks for sharing the history and some of your collection. Cherry Kay

  5. Beautifully captured.

    Please come and see my Blue, have a great week!

  6. when we vizit Turkey a couple years ago, a got gift from my friend- beautiful fish-ornament with evil eye bead:) and back home, in Uzbekistan ,in Old sity bazaar you can find braslets and beads with similar evil eye too:)

  7. Great post! We have a blue evil eye hanging in our home and I have a few bracelets too. My grandmother always spoke of the evil eye:).

  8. Thanks for your nice comments everyone.....

  9. I have to admit I don't like them very much but I go along with tradition and have one hanging in the house xx

    1. Oh no Ayak.......I don't believe in them, but I do like them bracelets though.
      Sometimes I should wear lots of it on me and take them out when one of my sister in laws come over. She's kind of like your Father in Law.LOL :-))

  10. We have them too... although I think it's an ancient Agyptian tradition..
    Good to find yoy Erika!

  11. Hello Erica! At last I have found your blog! I love this post - my goodness, all those evil eyes! Your photos are super! Thanks for coming by my blog too ...:))

  12. They are beautiful! I just came back from Turkey a week back. Guess what I have bought evil eyes ear rings, necklaces, key chains and wall hangings for all of my friends and family.
    I really like it! I believe when it attracts too much negative energy it breaks! I have experienced it twice! We invited everyone to our new home. That day one Of the evil eye hangings broke! I thought it must be loose. A few days later we had more visitors and another evil eye fell and broke! I really don't want this superstition to grow on me! But I believe it does works!

  13. Thank you very much for all you information about evil ayes I yes buy a necklace,because since I came from vacation to Europe last september I feel Really last of my friends well not so friends LOOK AT ME WITH EVIL AYES.