Opal is a stone with “fire” inside that catches the light and radiates a spectrum of colors. It is the “eye stone” because it captures one’s attention as it sparkles and radiates a variety of colors. It is also one of the official birthstones for October. It is a gemstone of luck.
For centuries sapphire was prized by royalty. It is in the corundum family of gemstones, the second hardest gemstone at 9.5 on the MOHS scale, and when it is red, it is called ruby due to the presence of chromium in the stone.
Rubies are the birthstone for July and they are also the gemstone to celebrate a 15th or a 40th anniversary. Rubies have historically been called “the stone of love,” due to their deep, rich red color that indicates passion. They are worn to protect a person from enemies by the Hindus.