Hide your wallets, this is the ultimate evil eye jewellery shopping list
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There are probably only a few things that desi moms love more than their children. A great shopping deal – especially on Tupperware – garam chai on a rainy day, those 10 minutes of the day when no one asks them, “What’s there to eat? I’m hungry” before rejecting all the options, and nazar todna. Burning red chillies that make your eyes burn, breaking eggs, stringing together lemons and green chillies, spitting on fallen strands of hair before discarding them, and adorning the house with evil eye ornaments. Mom has done it all and taught us well. Hanging on the wall or wrapped around our wrists, those watchful eyes act as a stand-in protective parent to ward off buri nazar. As a result, in the realm of accessories that have captured the hearts of fashion enthusiasts and believers alike, few have the allure of evil eye jewellery.
Existing in cultures worldwide for thousands of years, this symbol of protection has prevented envious glares from bringing about our downfall – that could be anything from a pimple on your wedding day to a shirt button popping in the middle of a work presentation or bronchitis.
The history of the evil eye is a tapestry woven with threads of ancient beliefs, mystical folklore, and cultural superstitions. The fear of buri nazar has kept the blue, white and black symbol on and around us, often paired with the Hamsa, or the Hand of Fatima, to double up our shield into Iron Man’s suit.
Make a statement with big beaded earrings cascading down your neck (we have some other quirky earring options, too) or keep it minimal with an understated ring. If you’re obsessed with evil eye jewellery, then you’ll want to make sure your monthly investments are out of the way before you scroll.
15 evil eye jewellery pieces to add to your collection
14 kt yellow gold studs by Mia by Tanishq, ₹14,129
For the non-conformist who wants to take a more abstract approach to the evil eye. Let the diamond sparkles blind anyone daring to look your way maliciously.
Great for everyday wear for lazy girls who want to look stylish with minimum effort (we have some more tips).
Hair jewellery by Nish Hair X Evil Eye Jewel, ₹599 (set of 2)
On greasy hair days when there isn’t enough time in the morning and you’ve run out of dry shampoo, pin it up in style.
These come in sets of two and two different designs. We say get both, then mix and match.
Eye promise celeste pendant necklace by Outhouse, ₹9,500
We promise that the Eye Promise Celeste necklace from Outhouse is the only thing we’d instantly buy from this shopping list of evil eye jewellery. Alright, we might be lying. But wishful thinking never hurt anyone, right?
Handmade and enamelled, the dainty celestial charms along the necklace give it an extra zhuzh.
Gold plated open bracelet by Pipa Bella by Nykaa Fashion, ₹611
Keep it simple with an adjustable bangle. This also means that it’s likely to get swiped by friends and family, even if your wrist sizes aren’t the same.
There’s nothing we hate more than people borrowing our books and evil eye jewellery and ‘forgetting’ to return it.
Evil eye neck chain in lavender by AZGA, ₹1,850
Lavender and gold is not a colour combination that you’ll find many people trying to pull off, but in this AZGA necklace, it works wonderfully.
You’ll get tired of people asking you where you got this from. It’s up to you if you want to gatekeep this.
Golden evil eye ring by Giva, ₹1,999
This is for people who like to keep their jewellery minimal. You can stack it with the more eccentric rings and bracelets from your collection if you want to amp it up.
Though, the delicate simplicity works well on its own.
Sui dhaga earrings by Carat Lane, ₹10,215
The sui–dhaga name (and concept) won us over from the start.
You’ll be the talk of the party with these earrings on, with everyone exclaiming, “Oh my god, I love your earrings.” Good thing you have nazar protection on your side.
Hamsa necklace by The Olio Stories, ₹4,800
A hamsa and evil eye combined? Add to cart.
Sheetal can try her best to wish ill upon your latest promotion, but the jokes on her.
Mother of pearl butterfly bracelet by Shubhanjali, ₹500
People view the buttery as a symbol of rebirth and resilience. We could all use a reminder of our power every now and then when we’re spending a large part of our time dodging the perils of adulthood.
Scattered clover bracelet by STAC, ₹11,700
For the understated Ushas, who like their pieces to speak for themselves.
Set on an 18kt gold chain, the evil eye spread over seven clovers are made of turquoise, onyx and mother of pearl, which in itself sounds pretty badass.
Evil eye hanging earrings by Phuljadi, ₹750
For the loud and proud who like their fashion to reflect their vibrant personalities, these earrings make an excellent addition to your pot of evil eye jewellery.
Cara band bracelet by Swashaa, ₹649.99
It’s giving Cartier LOVE bangle but without the heavy price tag and covered in evil eye symbolism to ward off the disappointment your father would feel that you even considered breaking an FD to buy jewellery.
Black evil eye silver anklet by Karmique Jewel, ₹1,100
Everyone’s evil eye jewellery collection began with some version of an evil eye on black thread. Anklets, woven bracelets, necklaces – make this a throwback to your old-school jewellery loves, except this isn’t likely to stain your skin.
18k gold plated double piercing earrings by March, ₹2,795
If you have double piercings and can rock these earrings, then we’re jealous. You get the best of both worlds.
You’ll definitely have all eyes on you. The good kind (hopefully).
Eye got you hoop earrings by Zariin, ₹2,399
Is there a possibility that you stir up the Illuminati conspiracy theorists with the eye-in-a-triangle design?
Possibly. But so does Beyonce. We’re very comfortable being used in the same boat as Bey, for once.
With inputs from Kyna Kharbanda.