What's With All the Mal de Ojo (Evil Eye) Jewelry? Is Everyone a Witch?

Annie Vazquez guest blogs on fashion for Cultist. Visit her blog at TheFashionPoet.com.

Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan and our creepy next door neighbor who we are convinced is a bruja all have something in common these days when it comes to the world of fashion: baubles featuring evil eyes. Yeah, we never saw that one coming either. The jewelry which typically showcases a rather scary all staring blue eye has been sprouting all over the wrists, necks, and fingers of gals in Miami.

We're not sure how this ancient trend whose origins seem to be from Turkey and Greece has become part of popular culture, but everyone from high-end contemporary boutiques like Jessie's to kiosks at Dolphin Mall have been making beaucoup moolah off them.

Prices start at $10 at stores like Shop Gitana up to $136 for ruby and

sapphire encrusted pieces at Rebel boutique. "I love the evil eye

jewelry," says N&K Designs creator Kaki Lopez who hand makes and

sells the trendy bracelets and necklaces with her sister Nani.

"Women of

all ages are buying them. Some women like myself wear it for fun, but I

do have a lot of clients who believe in its power to protect you from

"Mal de Ojo" (evil eye)," said Lopez.

The gems supposedly have magical

powers that can protect wearers from the envious glances of others. We'd

love to scoff at this superstition, but we must confess that we

actually don some of the trendy arm candy ourselves. Hey, whatever helps

right? And for the plain Janes who aren't into sporting bling, resort

wear shop Nic Del Mar sells swimwear and cover ups emblazoned with the

evil eye.

Here's a list of local designers and brick and mortar shops to score yours:

Elle Spa Boutique at Eden Roc, 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305)674.5585

Emporium 2606 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral gables; (786) 268.0689

Jessie Boutique 1708 Alton Road, Miami Beach; (305) 604-7980; 20533 Biscayne Blvd. #E-2 ,Aventura, (305) 933-8198.

Little Pink Buddha

Miss Pepper 7308 Red Road, South Miami;(305) 668-8282

Mia Boutique 1439 Alton Road, Miami Beach; (305) 532-6064; 19575 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura; 305-931-2000

Nic Del Mar 475 Biltmore Way, #105; Coral Gables; (305)442.8080

N&K Designs

Jewels by Dunn at Rebel Boutique, 6669 Biscayne Boulevard; (305) 758-2369

Shop Gitana 2580 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Aventura; (305)931.8289

The Little Big Store 3123 Commodore Plaza Coconut Grove;(305)446-2706

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