October Birthstones: Opal and Pink Tourmaline

October has two birthstones: The traditional Opal and the modern Tourmaline. Why are there two? Because an organization called the Jewelers of America wanted to standardize birthstones. They are both great, so why not go for both?

Pictured above is a pink tourmaline ring that my dad gave me when I was a little girl. He found it on an elevator. Below is one of a beautiful pair of opals that I have since lost. I was going to pair it with a sapphire and make earrings. I have lost every opal that I have ever found.