This original design eye of protection necklace is entirely US made in NYC. The original bezel was carved to look like a ship's porthole. It features a cast of a tiny gear I scavenged from a 1920's pocket watch on the back. The porthole is plated in antique silver and comes on an 24 inch silver plated open link chain with lobster clasps.
The eye watches out for ill intent and deflects evil or so the ancients say. More specifically, Mediterranean folk believe(d) that jealousy toward oneself is(was) the cause of bad luck. This symbol wards against this. It was used in particular to protect children from the jealous eye of the passerby. Today the symbol of the eye can be seen though out the Arab world protecting homes, businesses, and even taxi cabs.