"Birthstones by Month" are known to be "Gems with Gifts". Whether true or legend, birthstones accentuate a person's attributes with their beauty and value. One tends to own the qualities likened to the stone and attracts the special gifts it possesses, simply because we hold it true to ourselves.
Please keep in mind that the hardness of a gemstone will determine the degree of which it will show wear. Brittle and soft stones should not be used in jewellery subject to daily wear, such as rings that are worn constantly. A Ruby, for example, will remain bright and lustrous for years, because the material is harder than most gems. An Opal, on the other hand, is quite soft for a stone, and can rapidly become covered with fine scratches which dulls the finish with daily use. These gemstones are much safer in jewellery pieces such as earrings, pins, pendants, or perhaps bracelets. They can be used in rings that are worn occasionally, such as dinner rings, but the setting should be designed to protect the stone as much as possible.