A nazar is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. In Central Asia, during the ages of Tengrism (a shamanistic religion of that region), people held similar superstitions like horseshoes, garlic, wolf’s tooth, dried thorn, lead, stones; but the crystal blue eye has always been the most popular one.

It is common in Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Greece, Cyprus and Azerbaijan. In Turkey, the nazar is often hung in homes, offices, cars, children’s clothing, or incorporated in jewelry.  A typical nazar is made of handmade glass featuring concentric circles or teardrop shapes in dark blue, white, light blue and black, occasionally with a yellow/gold edge.

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