- Origin of the name : From the Italian "aventura" which means "adventure".
- Belonging group : Quartzites
- Chemical composition : Silicon dioxide, SiO2.
- Hardness : 7
- Crystal System : Rhombic
- Deposits : Brazil, India, Russia.
- Colors : Light green, green-brown, shimmering golden green-brown, blue.
Although this natural mineral has been around for a very long time, the name "aventurine stone" was only recently given to it, in reference to "aventurine glass". It is a synthetic crystal, which resembles natural stone. The most famous story tells that around 1700, glassmakers from the city of Venice in Italy experienced a massive emigration to the small island of Murano.
This exodus was a preventive measure to protect the city of Venice from the fires they were very often the cause of, due to their work and the equipment they used. At that time, a glassmaker inadvertently poured copper filings into molten crystal. This produced a remarkable effect, which gave rise to all kinds of decorative iridescent glass, containing glitter.
"Per aventura" in Italian means "random, inopportune", either to describe the random arrangement of the copper flakes mixed with the glass paste; or to describe the fortuitous circumstances of the creation of this crystal, also called Goldstone.
This feat is said to have been attributed to the Miotti family, who would always keep the formula for its manufacture secret. Natural aventurine has also received other names through the ages, such as "Prase" in English, which comes from the Greek meaning "leek", in allusion to its green color.
The first recorded use of natural aventurine stone dates back more than 4000 years to ancient China. It was already highly appreciated by the Chinese, who gave it the name "Imperial Yu Stone". This use in Chinese royalty was due to the fact that they associated it with the goddess Guanyin Pusa, who represented pity, compassion and unconditional love.
They then wore it as a talisman, or drank it as an elixir, so that it would give them vitality and well-being. The Etruscans had followed them in this divine dimension of aventurine, by associating this exceptional stone with the goddess of childbirth, whom they named Thalna.
Approximately 2000 years ago, the Incas used it to attract wealth and gold towards them. The Tibetans also used it for their sculptures and in the appeasement of certain disorders. They used the aventurine to accentuate the perception and make the sight better. Wearing this mineral as an amulet corrected eye problems.
It took thanks to this characteristic a very important place in the Tibetan tradition. The latter then used aventurine to make the eyes of their statues. This practice increased in a symbolic way the range of their glance. The Celts as for them, considered the aventurine as a symbol, which they associated with knowledge and spirituality. During the Klondike Gold Rush in North America and Canada in the 1890s, gold seekers used aventurine as a talisman to attract good fortune during their search.
In 19th century Russia, aventurine was used in the design of all kinds of decorative and practical objects: vases, candlesticks, jewelry and art objects, etc. In the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, there is a surprising 1.46 m high and 2.46 m wide standing basin made of aventurine. In London, at the British Museum, one can also admire a large vase carved in aventurine. Originally from Central Asia, it was offered by the Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, to the head of the British Geological Survey.
Aventurine stone is actually a stone of the quartz family. Unlike jade or agate which has bands of color, aventurine is characterized by its inclusions. These inclusions vary from one variety of aventurine to another and are responsible for the brilliant effects of the stone, called the aventurine effect.
The most common inclusions are mica and hematine, which give the stone a red-brown color. The inclusions of muscovite or fuchsite are responsible for its green color, the most common. There is also a blue variety of aventurine: dumortierite. This blue declination is however, like aventurine in general, very rare.
Aventurine is formed in magmatic rocks, particularly in pegmatites, but also in hydrothermal veins. It is also found in schists and alluvial deposits. The main exploitable deposits of aventurine are found in South America (Brazil), North America (United States), but also in Asia, particularly in China and India. There is also a certain amount in Europe, especially in Germany, Russia, Austria, and even in France, where there are reportedly veins of brown aventurine in Nantes.
Aventurine Meaning and Properties
Aventurine Metaphysical Properties
Aventurine stone possesses a soft and easily accessible natural energy, which makes this natural mineral the ideal stone to begin a process of self-knowledge. When combined with rose quartz, it allows the opening of the heart and consciousness.
When associated with smoky quartz, it helps to start on new bases with optimism. The energy it releases harmonizes the different chakras and brings to its user a healthy vision of life! This person will then have clear ideas and will be able to make decisions more easily when faced with complicated situations. They will feel more in control of themselves, by regaining their free will, their freedom of thought and action, because the adventuress will have restored their well-being and self-confidence.
Aventurine also increases the creative spirit and determination of its holder. It contributes to greater autonomy and promotes access to new ideas and concepts, ideal faculties for creation. It also has an anti-stress effect, which contributes to inner tranquillity and the preservation of one's composure.
It is therefore ideal for those seeking to relieve their stress and calm their nervousness. Indeed, the green aventurine makes patient and calms anger, strengthening self-control. These qualities are essential, to carry out its projects, but also in the realization of oneself.
Aventurine solves emotional problems. This stone restores humor and cheerfulness. It brings compassion and incites to feel love for oneself and others. It brings patience and increases the capacity of tolerance necessary to promote the acceptance of oneself, but also that of others.
Aventurine also proves to be very useful in calming overly excited children. It helps them to blossom by encouraging their openness to others and the world. It develops their sense of adventure. In association with rose quartz, it is useful in the treatment of speech disorders in children.
Aventurine is finally considered a stone of luck and optimism. The green aventurine/citrine pair proves to be a powerful combination to attract luck and abundance. Brown aventurine, on the other hand, helps to keep feet on the ground and maintain its union with reality.
Aventurine Healing Properties
Green aventurine is the perfect stone to treat problems related to the skin, liver, eyes and also the heart. On the skin, it helps to eliminate impurities and to beautify it. As an elixir, it is all the more effective on skin disorders. However, it must be applied locally in the form of a compress on the affected areas such as acupuncture points for example, and also drunk in water.
It helps in the healing process thanks to its high silicon content, which is excellent for the skin. As for the heart, aventurine prevents the risk of dysfunction. Placed on the chest, it soothes people suffering from irregular rhythm. It supports the correct operation of the gall bladder and helps the liver in its function of purification of the organism.
In pregnant women, aventurine can soothe nausea and pain related to pregnancy. In infants, it can stimulate growth and relieve pain due to teething.
Aventurine brings inner peace thanks to its anti-stress effect. It thus helps to combat difficulties in falling asleep and their effects on the body. It also supports by the opening of the chakras, a healthy circulation of energy for a good physical vitality. Each chakra will then see itself working perfectly. It easily relieves excess body temperature, and prevents various general dysfunctions of the body.
Depending on its color, aventurine is associated with a particular sign of the zodiac. Its red-brown declination is associated with the signs of Cancer and Sagittarius. Its green declination is strongly associated with the sign of Taurus, for whom it would promote happiness and financial prosperity.