This is one of the most exotic and dramatic items in the Charm collection, it was thought to ward off the 'evil eye'. You can imagine the tomb-raiders hacking the eye from the mummy case and the curse that might have followed them. They would have needed their own charms for protection! The eye is a potent graphic symbol; this one really does follow you around the room!
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