It might sound like a gadget from a bad James Bond spoof, but this Qing Dynasty-era golden necklace, owned by a Sichuan family, actually keeps the mosquitoes away. According to the owner, Xiaohou, the family heirloom contains special bug-repelling Chinese herbs, China Daily reported.
The necklace consists of a brown string connecting 29 golden beads. “The 29 beads are not only fragrant but they also double as mosquito repellent,” said Xiahou. “My grandpa had told me that the beads contain borneol, realgar and cinnabaris.”
Xiahou’s ancestor was reportedly a renowned doctor in the Qing Dynasty who was entrusted by a rich family to make a necklace which could be both decoration and bug repellent.
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By Lucy Liu
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