Aventurine is a soft green semi-translucent to mostly opaque Quartzite (a rock,
not a mineral) with inclusions of shimmering Fuchsite Mica.
It's name derives from the Italian phrase "per aventura"
meaning "by chance," and is said to have been the only stone that was
made by man before its natural counterpart was discovered.
This comes from the 18th century tale that tells of an accidental
discovery by an Italian glass-maker who unwittingly let some copper filings fall
into the molten glass. This was
later dubbed Aventurine Glass or Goldstone, something similar in looks but
totally different in character from natural Aventurine.
And although it was known first, Goldstone is now a common imitation of
Aventurine and Sunstone. (You can distinguish Goldstone from the two natural stones by
its coarse platelets of Copper that are dispersed within the glass in a more
unnaturally uniform way).
Green Aventurine is made when other minerals form in the Quartzite during high
grade metamorphism, which is dependent on what impurities were present in the
original Quartz-rich sedimentary deposit. These
impurities commonly alter to Mica during the high grade metamorphism.
When Chromium is present, then the green-colored Muscovite Mica variety
called Fuchsite can occur disseminated throughout the Quartzite in parallel
orientation. This gives Aventurine its green color and sparkled effect.
can be found in other colors than its more common color of green.
It may also be orange, blue, gray, yellow or brown.
The yellows, oranges and browns are attributed to hematite or goethite
SiO2, Green Aventurine Quartz colored by Fuchsite Mica,
Green, various shades from light to dark.
System: Hexagonal-R; 32 (trigonal-trapezoheldral).
Habit: Massive aggregate of
interlocking Quartz grains.
Gravity: 2.64 - 2.69
Occurrences: Tamil Nadu (formerly Madras), India; Chile; Spain,
Russia; China; Rutland, Vermont.
Field Indicators: Crystal habit, color and hardness.
Gemstone; Ornamental; Building material.
references in mythology to Aventurine specifically are scarce, Quartz, because
of its abundance of worldwide sources, occurs often in ancient myths.
For instance, Persian folk lore maintains that placing a quartz stone on
a baby will ensure intake of mother's milk.
tribes use quartz crystals in rainmaking ceremonies. Native American cultures
used quartz for arrowheads, knives, divining stones and ornaments.
Some West African tribes created ceremonial seats from a single piece of
quartz. Finally, early inhabitants
of what is now Britain used quartz for their curative powers to purify water and
2.5 million years ago in the Omo valley of Ethiopia, some of the earliest
primitive stone tools such as axes were made of Quartzites -- Aventurine found
among them. These materials were
used because of their hardness and their isotropic brittleness which made it
possible to shape the tools with relative ease.
has been used for many centuries in the making of jewelry, vases and bowls, and
other ornamental pieces. A very
unique ancient vase made of bright Aventurine is displayed in the Hermitage Art
Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
called "Indian Jade" or the "stone of heaven," Green
Aventurine is like the "good luck shamrock of the mineral kingdom".
It is known as the "gambler's stone" because it is the luckiest
of all stones in games of chance. It
is often placed in charm bags to bring good fortune and money.
Aventurine can also be used to induce psychic dreams, to bring answers or
to see into the future; it increases clairvoyance.
It is a good source of Earth energy; hold it in the opposite hand from
your pendulum when divining. Leave
it as a gift for Nature Spirits.
Aventurine is an alternate birthstone for the month of August, and is also the
anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.
physical aid in treating: Calms
anxiety and panic attacks. Regulates
heart rhythms. Calms one's emotions. Is
said to have been used successfully in psychotherapy, treating disorders of the
lungs and heart, and to help increase muscle flexibility.
Stone therapy should NOT take the place of medical evaluation and procedures,
and should be used merely to enhance one's health and well-being.
Many people confuse the name Aventurine by calling it "ADventurine". And it was only after personally working with the stone for awhile that I happened upon a humorous little discovery..(interestingly enough, something Aventurine is known to do -- bring new discoveries). What I found made me suddenly no longer feel the need to mentally correct the misnomer, because it was through Aventurine that I began to realize that these people were not that far off in describing one of the main qualities of the stone itself! For in that simple blunder, you can find the heart of Aventurine.
IS adventurous, and makes you pay tributary attention to the adventures in
life's journey instead of allowing total focus on merely the destinations.
is a heart and healing stone. And
in that, it is a stone of abundance, love, and creativity.
It brings you face-to-face with what is relevant, which in turn makes
your decision-making easier.
is a great stone for Librans!...not because a Libran has trouble making
decisions..(that, it should be known, is a misconception).. but rather because
Librans often tend to weigh situations more carefully and deliberately than most
others, looking at all sides of an issue and making every effort to remain fair
in their judgements. Aventurine
will facilitate the "weigh in"...speed the process while keeping its
integrity...and allow you to move ahead confidently and with grace.
Aventurine says, "Unbuckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride." Good thing it's also a protection stone for traveling. ;)
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