Christmas Tree Earrings and Benevolent Eye Bead Bracelets from Multiple Colors for Multiple Myeloma
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift, birthday, anniversary or "Just Because You’re You" gift? Here are two new items that easily fit the bill. All monies go straight to the IMF, thanks in part to the generosity of Firemountaingems.com.
CHRISTMAS TREE EARRINGS
The first new item is a pair of Christmas tree earrings on sterling silver or gold-filled ear wires. The trees are made up of Swarovski crystals that wink and sparkle in the light - a great reminder of your love and caring. They are approximately one inch long, and come in many different colors. They are $15 a pair. Please add $3 if you would like a box and Christmas gift wrapping in blue, red, or gold.
BENEVOLENT EYE BEAD JEWELRY
The other new items are custom bracelets made with "eye beads" (Nazar Boncuks*) purchased in Istanbul, Swarovski crystal cubes, Venetian cane beads and either sterling silver spacer beads ($42 per elastic strand) or pewter spacer beads ($22 per elastic strand.) They come in blues, greens, reds, purples, or yellows. Once again, please add $3 if you would like a box and Christmas gift wrapping in blue, red, or gold.
*A superstitious belief in an "evil eye" (known as a "nazar" in Turkish) that can cause human misfortune is widespread in many societies. Over the years, however, societies have developed traditions to combat it. An ancient Turkish belief is that such hexes can be warded off with beads of glass, usually blue, but any color is good, bearing a stylized eye-like pattern.
The Turkish word "nazar" actually derives from Arabic for "eye" or "look." The premise is that evil intentions are somehow conveyed by the eyes and that such looks can be repelled by the gaze of another eye. This "other eye" is the "nazar boncuk," often wrongly known in English as an "evil eye" since it is actually a "benevolent eye" warding off evil.
The first "nazar boncuk" dates back to the time of Ancient Egypt and the Hittites. Tutankhamun’s robes were embroidered with a pattern of eyes to ward off evil. The first written record of a "nazar boncuk" is on a Sumerian tablet from 3000 BC.In Turkey and the Middle East you will find blue eyes dangling from car exhaust pipes, from rear-view windows, backpacks, on necklaces and bracelets, pinned to the sweaters of small children, and hanging above doors in restaurants, hotels, stores, and apartments.
I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of an ancient tradition to keep one happy and healthy and to ward off all evil.
Lastly, the "Nazar Boncuk" jewelry can easily be made as necklaces, earrings or, of course, the bracelets. Please email me (Pam) at A Touch of Whimsey with what you would like and I will let you know the price.
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