The Evil Eye bracelet

As much as I find the evil eye concept interesting, I also largely find the high street manifestations really ugly.

Sorry Topshop but I don't want to sport a ring with what is effectively a life-size eyeball on it.

For a long time then I have looked for an *affordable* and yet pretty version of the evil eye. There are many versions with 4 figure price tags and real diamonds but I will quite happily take the glass/crystal version thank you very much!

It was whilst looking through the stalls at Covent Garden Market in Dubai that I came across this beauty...it was EXACTLY what I have been looking for. A metal (although who knows what metal exactly!) chain and a dainty evil eye that embodies the design without looking ugly.


3 months later and I have worn it every single day. Even if it's not silver plated, it has accompanied me in the sea, through 3 months worth of showers and 100's of OCD hand washes. It's held up beautifully.

Where to get it

Now this is the tricky bit. The only site where I have found this charges about $50 for an identical bracelet. Do not pay $50.

I had a quick look on Ebay and came across this version....

It's not exactly the same but it channels the same theme - dainty. It is also pretty reasonable at $24. Here's the link...

Link!

There are many others on eBay (here's another one Link! ) and the best priced ones seem to originate from Turkey - so keep that in your search criteria.

...and if you have no idea what I am going on about when I say "evil eye" I will let Wikipedia explain it to you. They do a far better job that I ever could :)

89 comments:

  1. Etsy do some nice ones

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/85099729/petite-swarovski-evil-eye-and-sideways?ref=sr_gallery_26&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_ref=auto&ga_search_query=evil+eye+gold+bracelet&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

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  2. I love the bracelet :) This is definitely much nicer than most of the evil eye things in the high streets! x

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  3. I bought a dainty evil eye bracelet from Zara Taylor and its brilliant quality...it's quite expensive (£40) for such a little bracelet but I wear it everyday so I see it as worth it, here's the link http://www.zarataylor.co.uk/ourshop/prod_1751269-Evil-Eye-Bracelet.html

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  4. ooooo i love this version of it, its so pretty - totally agree that the eyeball white/blue plastic-y ones just look weird.
    i really believe in evil eye stuff, i think its a Hindu thing aswell, but i think the jewellery is just a marketing thing lol. obivously i still fall for it. lol xx

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  5. Haha, I so know what you mean about the high-street versions like the rings. Just plain scary!!

    This one is pretty though, simple and dainty, it'd look good stacked with a couple more bracelets too.

    Happy Valentine's Day Hun!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    http://ducklingtoswan.com

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  6. ooh my goodness i have this same exact bracelet and i love it! i have since wanted to buy it for friends and can't find it anywhere!! i get compliments on it all the time- i think it was like $15 at a mall!

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  7. been wanting one for ages (why do i want everything you post about? and if i don't want it then you make me want it as well lol) yours is very pretty but i have my eye on this one (no pun intended)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/72128843/lucky-evil-eye-bracelet-as-seen-on-kim

    michele1218 has it and it looks really cool on, she also has one that looks exactly like your bracelet but in necklace form! i think hers is from greece or turkey!

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  8. I have a very similar bracelet and I love it! I am now on the hunt for a very dainty necklace form. I got my bracelet off etsy, you can find very reasonable prices on there too!

    xo
    Alyson

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  9. Absolutely lovely!
    *adds on wishlist*

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  10. omg you have the bracelet I've been wanting for 2 years now :) I like to try stuff on, I'm not big on returns, so internet is tempting but not tempting enough... I'm hoping to eventually find one in a store in Toronto :)

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  11. ummm, I'm back again! I just read up on pretty much the whole thing (very bored at work, haha) after clicking one of your links! I went to school with loads of girls who were always wearing these eyes set into the palm of hands on jewellery. I think that's what protects you from the evil eye, so I suppose when it's just the eye alone you're actually just wearing the evil eye. I see loads of the eye things, all alone though, I wonder if people realise...guessing most people aren't wearing it to really protect themselves though, more just for fashion.

    I like the concept though, I actually prefer your style that's not on the palm of a hand too!


    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    http://ducklingtoswan.com

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  12. thats the best evil eye i've ever seen! love it!

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  13. I'm loving this "evil eye" trend, thanks Laura for the ebay links!

    As for the evil eye "tradition": in my country, they have an old saying that the one who has light-coloured eyes (especially blue) has the power to bring bad luck to whoever he lays his glance at. Personally, I attribute this superstition to the fear for the few blue-eyed people by the majority of brown-eyed greeks! It goes without saying that noone believes that nowadays, nevertheless I find it very interesting how each civilization chooses to be protected from bad fortune ;)

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  14. I searched and searched for a similar bracelet/ pendant whilst on holiday. Thanks for the links I will give ebay a whirl!

    The doll on fashion

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  15. Hi Laura! I know what you mean about wearing eyeballs haha, this is the most pretty and dainty version I have ever seen, I like this a LOT!!! xxxx

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  16. I want! Love your blog, I'm following now :) Feel free to check out mine!
    Laura x
    Petit Chatons

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  17. I Love this bracelet. I try to tie my necklace version aroudn my wrist to get this look too! ha
    www.xoxotrishele.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh, I had a lovely one on that I got in Turkey last summer but I broke the clasp and then lost it. :( It was perfect and dainty and everything. Yours is lovely :)

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  19. I've been looking for one of these looked on Ebay etc. none have caught my eye! ..but yours is lovely!! i'm going to keep looking hopefully spot a gem like this.
    Dominique
    x

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  20. This is so pretty! Dainty and goes with everything

    Xo

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  21. As a brand new reader of your blog I was so excited to see this post. I have a similar bracelet that I love and wear nearly every day. We also hang an evil eye on our front door (just for good measure)! :)

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  22. I absolutely adore this! it's so darling and dainty and it's beautiful! I want one now! lol I've always been quite interested in the evil eye concept and love little folksy things like dream catchers and things to ward off evil spirits, and I hate how commercialised and expensive they've become.

    xoxox

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com - for beauty reviews, hauls and health posts! x x x

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  23. I found a gorgeous hamsa necklace at Global Village last year for 30 dirhams! It was the same kind of metal, it hasn't faded yet. I love browsing Covent Garden, but some of those stalls are just sooo over priced!

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  24. that's really pretty but I need it in one glass piece, otherwise it seems that it's for fashion sense only. not that's anything wrong with that, it's just that I would like it if it were realer (yes, that a word :P)

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  25. Wow. I love this... I wanna get this to go with Chakara bracelet

    www.allylae.com

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  26. After searching online i realized your bracelet is a bit different then others. It seems your 'evil eye' is eye shaped and all the others are perfectly round. Maybe it's lens distortion or is it really eye shaped? Yours is truly beautiful.

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  27. That is the pretties evil eye bracelet I've seen! I have one that's not nearly as pretty but I haven't worn it in so long!

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  28. I think working at a jewellery store for years in my teens has ruined me. I always fear spending any money (no matter how insignificant) on base metal jewellery! I also think people's body chemistry makes such pieces tarnish at different rates, so with my constant purell-ing and laura-like handwashing, i'd undoubtedly have a green bracelet (and matching wrist) within a week. I think i'll show my ex-boss jeweler a picture to make a similar one in a sterling silver or white gold. in 10k/14k, such a dainty piece would still be under $100. and that way, it can be welded if it snaps and i can wear it with a little more bravery than a metal one.
    my sister has a necklace version of this and CONSTANTLY wears it (along with a matching cross) EVERY DAY since she got engaged... Darn superstitious Mediterranean cultures lol

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  29. I think this bracelet looks stunning on you - as it is so dainty and exquisite it compliments your petite features (even if it is a wrist!)

    Perhaps you could spare 5 mins to glance at my blog? I am new to the whole thing, and any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    Love, Jess xxx http://jessicasjunkbox.blogspot.com/

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  30. it is beautiful...i'm craving a dainty little bracelet.

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  31. Tai makes a beautiful evil eye braclet. I got mine from my local Neiman Marcus ( got many evil eye everything from Turkey/UAE.

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  32. I completely agree with you, topshop will make an evil eye massive and ugly, this is gorgeous and dainty! I really want it! xxx

    www.misslv.com

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  33. Definitely agree some of the ones out there are really big and gaudy so I love how dainty your is. I also like how it's not explicitly "HI I'M AN EYEBALL". What a great find, Laura!

    xo, alison*elle

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  34. Lebanon is evil-eye jewellery heaven! Last time I was there I stocked up on these dainty bracelets. They're reasonably priced, too.

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  35. Oh I had A Greek boyfriend who had them everywhere, even above the bed - yeah there's probably a dodgy movie out in Greece now.

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  36. Adorable! I got an Evil Eye bracelet from the Theresa Mink Etsy shop, it's gorge, I really enjoy wearing it!

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  37. I got a necklace similar to your bracelet when I was in Turkey. That was 11 years ago though and the clasp broke on it so I now have a loose evil eye and a useless gold chain. I wish I asked my brother to get me a new one when he went back to Turkey since my broken one taunts me with it's unwearable prettiness.

    http://www.thwmusic.com

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  38. I always have one on me or in my wallet at all times for good luck. I remember being told if your evil eye breaks or falls off.. it protected you from a particularly horrible dose of 'evil eye'/jealousy/bad energy!!

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  39. You're right that high street manifestations is ugly. This bracelet looks lovely though :)

    www.canotier.blogspot.com

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  40. LOVE bracelets like so! I grew up wearing them my whole life because I'm muslim and the evil eye and the fatma hand are religious to us. Love that it's been trending too! That one looks great. Must find one similar soon! x

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  41. It's really pretty Laura. Thanks for sharing.

    On a completely different note, could I ask your advice on skin are after workout? I have combination skin but recently developed to be bit sensitive sometime. I normally wash my face twice a day, morning + evening with choice of cleanser at the time, but if I go for a run, say mid afternoon, I am not sure how to clean / moisturise my face as I heard one can't wash face too often. What's your post workout skin care routine? Many thanks

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  42. i have always been interested in owning something with the evil eye also, this one's so classy and cute!

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  43. This bracelet is super pretty and quaint. Great post xx

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  44. I absolutely love evil eye jewelry! And I agree with you, some of the generic high street brands sell ugly versions. I usually buy mine from Turkey and/or Turkish jewelers...I have to give props to my mum for introducing me to them ever since I was a little girl (lost my first one when I was 8 years old, oops). Your bracelet is adorable! :)

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  45. It's perfect! :-)
    Great choice!

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  46. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23811383&catId=SHOPSALE-JEWELRY&pushId=SHOPSALE-JEWELRY&popId=SHOPSALE&navCount=35&color=040&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&templateType=D

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  47. I saw so many jewelry with evil eye in Istanbul, but I did not find the one while I was there. It is still on my wish list:)

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  48. This is gorgeous! But be careful because it's bad luck to buy an evil eye charm for yourself!!

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  49. Thats so pretty, so much better than the topshop ones!

    Charlotte Couture Blog

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  50. WOW that is the cuttest thing! I have been rally into bracelets lately! I want this!

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  51. I love this bracelet! Simple but still very cute!

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  52. I like your version a lot, it gives it the real eye look. And I like how dainty it is!

    -Josie, 8bitgrayscale

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  53. I have one very similar in rose gold and have become very superstitious about wearing it now hehe. Dana Levy also does some really funky evil eye bracelets.

    Mrs Jones
    http://joneses-keepingupwith.blogspot.com/

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  54. I love love love love that bracelet!
    I have just found your blog and I love it! I've just added a new post, come have a look- it would mean so much!?

    vivalashoes.blogspot.com

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  55. Surprisingly, River Island actually have a very similar one for about £5.

    http://www.riverisland.com/Online/women/jewellery/bracelets/silver-tone-diamante-eye-charm-bracelet-616247
    It looks a lot nicer in person :)

    Mandy
    xx

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  56. Love this kind of bracelets ! Great find ! xx

    clayandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  57. absolutely fab piece, so understated, love it, must scout one out for myself now!! I love your blog soo much, I've been inspired by you for a long time back to the early youtube days!! I love your style of writing light and interesting, thanks for being wonderful!!!

    http://bordibeauty.blogspot.com

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  58. It's beautiful! I'm also not too crazy how the evil eye looks but the one you have is so nice and delicate. I wish they had it with different birthstones.

    I was thinking of getting the hamsa necklace. Maybe I will get both now! :)

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  59. This is entirely beautiful! I know exactly what you mean about the 'cheaper' versions of this idea, a big creepy eyeball? No thanks!! Love it. :D xx

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  60. This is so pretty and dainty! I have a love/hate relationship with evil eyes, if they're not done well, they end up looking like ugly eyeballs like you said, fitting only for Halloween or sth!

    This is such a lovely piece though!!! Great buy!!!

    x

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  61. OMG. it's delicate and beautiful *_* Please visit my blog, and follow if you want to.
    xo

    monika - monikamustafa.blogspot.com

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  62. Very much a fan, one of the most beautiful, feminine and indeed dainty evil eye pieces I've ever seen! I love it! Agree with you about horrible, ugly high street versions, big old eyeballs are so creepy!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  63. i like that it's so delicate!

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  64. It's beautiful, i find the concept very fascinating too, i'm going to be on the look out for a nice one!

    http://lustandlipgloss.blogspot.com

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  65. Thanks for the links to where to look for the bracelet. Too bad that those bracelets on ebay are round shaped, I like yours more.. the eye shape makes it more unique :)

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  66. I absolutely agree with you!! I hate those "life-size" eye rings! LOL This little bracelet looks absolutely lovely and on you none will guess they are not real diamonds!! ^^

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  67. I love this! I love how its delicate and yet doesnt massively break the bank! I want one! x

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  68. finally someone who thinks eye balls as jewellery is wrong! BTW have you tried essie 'lady like'. I got it today and it's gawjuss. I think you will love it!

    http://whattheshoe.blogspot.com/

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  69. This is absolutely gorgeous! xx

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  70. Gorgeous bracelet. And you're so right. Most of the evil eye items out there are awful. Everyone could use an evil eye in their life for some protection <3
    Have a happy weekend.
    xoxo,
    http://shoptheworldnow.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-believe-in-pink.html

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  75. I've heard of these before, but have never seen one until your post. They're so simplistic, yet chic and adorable! I have to get my hands on one of these! Thanks Laura! You're definitely my favorite blog, I always look forward to your posts :D
    -Kayla
    http://tailoredseams.blogspot.com/

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  76. Hi laura Im a muslim and we have these around my house im proud of u xxxx

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  77. I've been looking for a cute dainty evil eye necklace and am still on the lookout. this bracelet looks really nice !

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  78. I just bought this hehe. Thanks Laura x

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  79. this is simply a beautiful bracelet. even though i'm from Turkey I live in US and i've been wanting couple of these so badly. on my next visit to Istanbul hopefully I'll get plenty :))

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  80. Super cute bracelet! Is it sad that it reminds me of the Real Housewives of Orange County? Yes..yes it is...lol.

    ♥ Shia

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  81. Just found this bracelet in River Island! Not as dainty but £5! :)

    Hope you had a lovely weekend :) x

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  82. I have got a small pin inside my wallet to keep away the evil thoughts of people but hadn't thought of it as an accessory.

    You've got a lovely blog! It'd be a pleasure to read your posts :)

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  83. Great bracelet xx I have one just like it xx think they are so pretty xx

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  84. I found a cute version of this bracelet on the River Island website. There was free delivery so I placed a little order. I had a bit of buyer's remorse, but it arrived this afternoon and is rather more dainty and lovely than the picture suggests. Not bad for £5! Here is the link: http://www.riverisland.com/Online/women/jewellery/bracelets/silver-tone-diamante-eye-charm-bracelet-616247

    Kate x

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