My friend Sarah returned from Istanbul with a marvelous gift for me! When she came up to visit yesterday, she presented me with a pretty gift bag, bursting with hot pink tissue. Reaching inside, I pulled out a metal elephant on a chain--then another, and another, and another--until the last charm was freed, a cobalt blue "evil eye." Too fun! I love it, and especially love that she brought it all the way back from her holiday in Turkey--just for me. *heart swell*
Amused and aware that elephants aren't native to Turkey, I asked Sarah if she knew anything about the meaning. She told me that she did the prerequisite haggling for the amulet at the Great Bazaar in Istanbul, and that they are a good luck symbol there (as they are everywhere.)
I knew the common usage of the blue glass eye (to repel envy and other negative thoughts) but what I didn't know is its proper name, "Nazar Boncuk."
So thinking about this particular piece, I see that the ellies are for bringing in good luck, while the glass eye protects me from others who are envious. I'm not one to indulge in superstition, but I do enjoy the romantic notion of talismans and fetishes. But I can tell it's already working! I'm truly lucky to have a friend like Sarah.