Loose evil eye beads are used to ward off evil intentions, often known as the evil eye. These are negative forces that can bring bad luck or even sickness to those who are targeted. The cultures who believe in this tradition feel that small children and beautiful brides are especially vulnerable to these forces. This is why you will often see little children and babies wearing these good luck charms.
The tradition of the evil eye beads is very prevalent in Turkish culture and many of the surrounding Mediterranean neighboring countries also believe in this superstition. The evil eye beads goes by different names but is also believed in quite strongly in the Middle East, the subcontinent of India and South Asia. Many people in Europe believe in this superstition and immigrants bough these traditions to America. Tourists who are visiting the region will often buy one of these evil eye beads as they are fascinated by the concept and the beads are very beautiful.
The original evil eye beads is now only made in Görece and Kurudere in the Turkish province of İzmir. Of course there are replicas made in many places but this is where the real beads come from. These good luck charms are found in many shapes and sizes. However all of them have a predominance of blue in them. Blue is thought to be an auspicious color.
The evil eye beads originated in ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago, it represented the eye of the god Horus. The eye bead represents an eye looking over the world and taking away all the evil from it. It is believed that if it cracks it has absorbed the evil from whatever force was trying to harm the wearer.
The most common form of bead is the one that resembles an eye. It is blue with a dark center, yellow ring surrounding the center and white ring surrounding the yellow ring. The evil eye beads are all made of glass. This has a warm reflection that literally reflects off the evil eye. This bead is round or oval in size. You can also get cube shaped beads that have the eye on each surface. Some of these beads have a hole in the center and can be strung or placed on poles by buildings. They are often the centerpiece of decoration pieces.
Small evil eye beads which are blue with a dark center and a white circle surrounding the center are commonly sold in the bazaars and shops. These little beads are often carried by a person or placed on a string and worn around the neck. Larger beads are hung above shops and buildings, so that they can bring good luck on the business, or building.
Loose evil eye beads are made from glass and it is a fine art to make them. Because the different colors of glass have to be blended and cover each other a very high heat has to be used. If the temperature drops cracks will form in the evil eye beads.