History and origin
The appearance of this variety of green quartz is characterised by a sparkling effect called “aventurescence” when it is turned in front of a light source. This effect is produced by the presence in the crystal of small platelets of green fuchsite, a variety of muscovite, mineral related to mica, very rich in chromium.
These inclusions are generally oriented parallel, what gives an alternation of light and dark green on the stone. Colour depending on the density of inclusions in the crystal host.
The origin of the name of this stone comes from the Masters Venetian glassmakers who, the first ones in the 17th century, produced a molten glass loaded with copper shavings, giving a sequined effect. At that time, the manufacturing process was, although documented, rather unpredictable and held more luck (ventura) than science.
A statue made from aventurine quartz belonging to the Olmec civilisation in Central America was dated back 2 400 years. This piece of art is currently on display at the British Museum of London.
Aventurine quartz is sometimes found in tints of brown and red on which colour results from inclusions of goethite or hematite.
A huge bowl in beige aventurine measuring more than 2 meters in diameter is in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in Russia.
In France, the grave of Napoleon 1st, located in the middle of the dome of Invalides in Paris, is placed under an enormous block sculptured of red-brown aventurine imported from Russia. Country against which he fought, and which then pulled his fall…
Myths and facts
Due to the “luckily” creation of the aventurescent glass by the Venetian glassworkers, the natural stone became one “chance charm” for many players. It’s also supposed to favour the conjunction of factors allowing its owner to benefit from opportunities appearing in front of him, during a face to face with competitors in love affairs and/or to go to plead in front of a fiscal jurisdiction.
A big quantity of psychic troubles can be cured or at least improved thanks to aventurine quartz. It is supposed to develop self-confidence, to calm tortured spirits and to bring a peace of mind. It is also thought that it helps to stimulate dreams and to strengthen the creativity of its owner.
A big quantity of physical troubles can be improved by aventurine quartz. It would have a beneficial influence on myopia as well as for respiratory and cardiac problems. It would calm eczemas, acnes and other skin disorders and would also help in regulation of cholesterol…
It would increase the cognitive capacities of the children and would help the writers in their creativity.
More recently, it is said that aventurine quartz would even help to eliminate the bad waves in an environment of computers and mobile phones…
Aventurine quartz is often dyed and sold as jade or nephrite, which is completely forbidden. Real jade in these colours is much rarer.
Green aventurine is most frequently found in a mid to light green color and this is due to fuchsite inclusions. The number and size of these inclusions affect how green the aventurine looks.
This stone is linked to the heart chakra and also ties with the zodiac signs of Virgo and Taurus. It is often referred to as a lucky stone and is known as the “gambler’s stone” since it can often bring about good fortune in games of chance or for competitions.
There are many healing properties and associations linked with green aventurine:
- In health related healing it is said to help with issues such as irregular heart rhythms, problems with fertility, dyslexia, dyspraxia and hayfever. It may also assist the immune system after illness.
- General healing properties include:
- Inducing clearer and calmer thoughts which can help with anger issues
- Stabilizing emotions which may have become overwhelming, helping to overcome any negative emotional patterns
- Can help to reduce clumsiness
- Encourages gratitude and optimism
- Can neutralize geopathic or electromagnetic stress
- Scents which are associated to this crystal are cedarwood and rosewood
- When used in divination the message is “speculate to accumulate”
There are ways in which green aventurine can be utilized in your everyday life, for instance, it is said to help with written work which may include typing or computer skills. People often use this crystal in charm bags to attract good fortune and money (sometimes alongside amazonite) and some will meditate with aventurine to help them to envision their life path.
Red aventurine comes in a variety of shades which include red, pink, peach, orange and sometimes brown, all of which hold very similar properties. The coloring of this type of aventurine comes from haematite inclusions within the crystal, so different levels of these inclusions mean the color varies quite a lot.
This stone is associated with the root and solar plexus chakras and links to the zodiac sign Aries. Red aventurine could be said to be a protective stone as it is meant to keep the owner safe from car accidents, thefts and even fires.
Red aventurine has many healing uses and associations:
- When it comes to physical health, this crystal is said to help with problems in the reproductive system, speeding up metabolism, lowering cholesterol, hemophilia and skin conditions such as eczema.
- Other metaphysical effects can include:
- Bringing back humor to those who may have had a hard time
- Increasing libido when worn or placed beneath the mattress
- Helping someone who suffers from weight problems
- Fragrances associated to this type of aventurine are allspice, mint and saffron
- The divinatory message for red aventurine is “hard work will bring success”
In everyday life, red aventurine can be a really great crystal for people who work long and late hours and for those who need to come up with ideas and solutions on the daily.
Silver aventurine is not rare, but is not as readily available as the other aventurine colors. It is sometimes known as white aventurine as it is almost colorless, but more often has grayish tints. The specks of mica are quite visible in silver aventurine, meaning it can be very sparkly.
The sacral and brow chakras are associated to silver aventurine as is the zodiac sign Cancer. This stone is said to reflect one’s soul and give you the ability to see people’s true selves – it is a crystal for clarity.
This crystal has predominantly physical and mental healing properties:
- Silver aventurine is said to ease skin complaints such as rosacea or psoriasis when it comes to physical healing, as well as assist in balancing hormones and easing the symptoms of vertigo and glandular fever.
- In mental health, this crystal is said to be healing to those who have suffered sexual abuse, as it teach them to love and respect their bodies again
- This stone is linked to sage and poppy fragrances
- In divinatory use, silver aventurine means “keep your secrets to yourself”
Silver aventurine is good for protecting against online hazards, so could be a good crystal to have near any computer that children might use. It has also been known for mothers to give a piece of silver aventurine jewelry as a gift to their daughters when she starts menstruating, as a welcome to womanhood.
This variety is said to be the most magical of all of the aventurines and can be used to make wishes in the moonlight, but you have to keep those wishes to yourself for them to come true.
Blue aventurine can range anywhere from the lightest of blues to a deeper sapphire shade. The reason this type of aventurine appears as blue is due to inclusions of dumortierite, again the color is affected by how many inclusions are in the crystal.
Libra and Sagittarius are the zodiac signs associated with blue aventurine and the throat chakra is also linked to this stone. Blue aventurine is a stone which aids people in becoming more aware of their spirituality and can help with contacting spirit guardians and guides.
This dreamy crystal has many healing properties and associations:
- From a physical health perspective, blue aventurine can help with sinus problems, congestion, poor eyesight, migraines or headaches, allergies and even insomnia.
- More general metaphysical properties of this crystal are:
- Helping to bring peace to troubled soul by helping them speak their fears
- Calming to the mind
- Inspiring focus for any form of performance or task – great for sports
- Can be grounding to those who are feeling overwhelmed
- Coconut, vanilla and lime are the scents associated to this crystal
- Its divinatory message is “an unexpected chance to travel could come about”
For more general use in life, blue aventurine is said to help people to gain the respect of others which is great for those in a leadership position i.e. manager or supervisory role. If you tend to travel a lot, this crystal can help to protect against any disruptions during your journey. It can also protect your luggage and personal items and help bring safety on trips away.
Extra Interesting Facts
As mentioned above, aventurine is a crystal with a good level of hardness which makes it the perfect stone to carve into many things. Beads are one of the most popular ways in which aventurine is carved, but because it forms in such large blocks, it is frequently used to make mosaics or flooring, alongside marble. The decorative nature of this semi-precious stone inspired Fabergé, who would often use aventurine alongside other crystals to make his famous decorative egg ornaments.
Aventurine is a beautiful stone which is perfect for jewelry making – why not try making a simple beaded green aventurine bracelet to give as a gift to someone who needs some luck in their lives? Or create a charm pouch with blue aventurine and lavender to place under your pillow if you struggle to fall asleep.