TWO OF A KIND

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels -

Oc­to­ber ba­bies, take note. Here, your 411 on this month’s birth­stones: opal and tour­ma­line.

Bracelet with Paraiba tour­ma­line, Dior Haute Joail­lerie In the ’60s, sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered opals with mi­cro­scopic sil­ica spheres that dif­fract light, which dis­play var­i­ous colours of the rain­bow. To­day, they’re known as “pre­cious opals”. Black tour­ma­lines were once used as tal­is­mans against neg­a­tive en­ergy, which in­cludes ra­di­a­tion, pol­lu­tants, and tox­ins. When elec­tri­cally charged through heat, tour­ma­lines can act as a mag­net by os­cil­lat­ing, or re­pel par­ti­cles of dust. Opals, like black tour­ma­lines, pro­tect you from harm

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