Jewellery Store

Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery

Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery is a jewellery store located at 366 Victoria Street in the heart of downtown Kamloops BC Canada.

Jewellery Services

Jewellery Services

Certified gemologist, Jonathan Buchner, designs fine jewellery, provides jewellery appraisals and repairs jewellery and watches in Kamloops BC.

Jewellery Products

Jewellery Products

Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery carries a wide selection of fine jewellery, diamonds, gems, watches, and art.

Art by Marianna Abutalipova

Art by Marianna Abutalipova

Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery has many affordable, colorful, original paintings for sale by Marianna Abutalipova.

October Birthstones

People born in October get to choose between two birthstones — tourmaline and opal. Each gem unveils nearly limitless possibilities, as each one comes in a rainbow of shades and color combinations.

According to legend, both of October’s birthstones came to earth through a journey involving rainbows.

Between tourmaline — whose color depends on trace elements in its chemical makeup — and opal — which diffracts light to show a play of multiple colors — October’s birthstones offer a full spectrum of gems to suit anyone’s personal tastes.


Tourmaline — October Birthstone #1

The name “tourmaline” comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali, which mean “stone of mixed colors”. As its name implies, tourmaline stands apart from other gems with its broad spectrum of colors in every shade of the rainbow.

Tourmaline is not one mineral, but a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties.

Certain trace elements produce distinct colors, and many resulting varieties have their own names.


  • Opal — October Birthstone #2
  • Opal — October Birthstone #2

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” The Roman scholar Pliny used the word opalus when he wrote about this gem’s kaleidoscopic “play of colors” that could simulate shades of any stone.

Opal’s characteristic “play of colors” was explained in the 1960s, when scientists discovered that opal is composed of microscopic silica spheres that diffract light to display various colors of the rainbow. These flashy gems are called “precious opals” — those without play of color are “common opals.”

Dozens of opal varieties exist, but only a few — like Fire Opal and Boulder Opal — are universally recognized. Opals are often referred to by their background “body color” — black or white.

Opal’s classic country of origin is Australia. Seasonal rains soaked the parched Outback, carrying silica deposits underground into cracks between layers of rock. When the water evaporated, these deposits formed opal. Sometimes, silica seeped into spaces around wood, seashells and skeletons, resulting in opalized fossils.

This October birthstone has remained a popular choice for centuries.