Myths and Legends
I have always been captivated by the stories behind the jewellery people wore in the past. For instance, the jewellery and other personal items people wore usually had multiple functions connected to the designs such as spirals and ‘eyes’ on the pieces. They were worn because they were beautiful but many because of the designs also functioned as talismans or amulets. The jewellery you wore could also denote cultural ties, status and wealth. The beliefs, myths and legends that informed these designs is fascinating and I want to share just a few with you.
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The use of ‘eye beads’ as protective talismans or amulets is an ancient universal belief. In its most basic form ‘eye beads’ were used to deflect the first glance of the malevolent ‘evil eye’. The concept underpins legends such as the ‘eye of Horus’, ‘the Medusa legend’ and in Ireland ‘Balor the one-eyed god’ who could strike a person down with a look from his single eye.
‘Eye beads’ are among the earliest types of beads made and they continue to be used in many parts of the world today.