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Unlock the Mystique of Eye Jewellery: History, Symbolism, and Trendsetting Designs for 2024


Eye jewellery, often symbolizing protection, wisdom, and health, possesses a rich and fascinating history that spans across various cultures and epochs. This blog post delves into the origins, historical evolution, and the contemporary popularity of eye jewellery, you can also checkout my Pinterest board to see amazing historical pieces in museums and private collections.

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Origins and Historical Background

Eye jewellery's origins are deeply rooted in ancient civilizations, notably among the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, who believed in the eye's power to ward off evil and bring good fortune. The Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health, is perhaps one of the earliest and most recognized motifs in eye jewelry. Similarly, the Romans adopted the use of eye motifs in their talismans and amulets to protect against the evil eye, a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare.


Evolution Through the Ages

Throughout history, the symbolism and use of eye jewellery have evolved. During the Middle Ages, eye amulets continued to serve as protection against the evil eye. In the Renaissance, eye motifs began to be seen as a representation of divine watchfulness and were incorporated into jewellery with religious significance.

The Georgian and Victorian eras witnessed a romantic iteration of eye jewellery, with the popularity of lover's eye miniatures. These were small, hand-painted depictions of an individual's eye set into brooches, pendants, and rings, given as tokens of love and affection, often shrouded in mystery and anonymity.

Contemporary Popularity

Today, eye jewellery enjoys popularity for both its aesthetic appeal and symbolic meanings. Designers and brands have reimagined eye motifs in modern styles, incorporating them into a wide range of accessories, from elegant and minimalist pieces to bold, statement-making designs. The allure of eye jewellery lies in its versatility and the blend of ancient symbolism with contemporary fashion.

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