Aventurine is a variety of microcrystalline Quartz characterised by its translucency and the presence of shiny inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence.
The most common colour of Aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, peach, brown, yellow, red, blue, or grey. Fuchsite (a variety of Muscovite Mica) is the classic inclusion, and gives a silvery green or blue shimmer, while inclusions of Hematite or Goethite will give a reddish or grey sparkle. Aventurine has a Mohs hardness around 6.5 − 7, with a trigonal crystal structure.
The name Aventurine derives from the Italian "avventura" which means "by chance". This is also an allusion to the lucky discovery of aventurine glass or Goldstone by Venetian glass workers at some time in the 18th century. They were preparing molten glass when copper filings accidentally fell into the batch producing a sparkling glass product reminding them of the natural stone, known but unnamed from earlier times for which it was now named.
Some of the earliest most primitive stone tools, such as axes fashioned by early man over two and a half million years ago were made of Quartz varieties such as Aventurine. These materials were no doubt used for their hardness and isotropic brittleness which is what made it possible to shape the tools with relative ease and dexterity.
For thousands of years Aventurine has been used as a stone of luck. Ancient Greek warriors would wear Aventurine when going to war, hoping to avoid injuries or worse. It has been used as a lucky talisman from early times and is a popular stone for gamblers.
Aventurine is a popular stone, often cut into cabochons and pendants and still fashioned by artisans and jewellers.
Aventurine is said to increase perception, stimulate creativity, and to enhance intelligence. Commonly known as the ‘gambler's stone’, it is utilized in games of chance where it is known as an all-round good luck stone.
A stone of prosperity, Aventurine is often used in money attracting magic. It is said to have a positive effect on the psyche, strengthening your sense of self being and providing a positive view of life. Aventurine confers inner equilibrium and stimulates dreaming.
This stone reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance.
It stabilises your state of mind, stimulates perception and enhances creativity. Calms anger and irritationality and assists in seeing alternatives and possibilities. Aventurine balances yin − yang energy, promotes feelings of well-being and encourages regeneration of the heart.
Aventurine relieves stammers and severe neuroses. It has an anti-inflammatory effect, relieving skin problems, easing skin eruptions and allergies, soothes the eyes and relieves migraine headache. Beneficial to the nervous system, stimulates the metabolism and balances blood pressure. It heals lungs, sinuses, heart, muscular and urogenital systems.
It protects against environmental pollution, it also has a strong connection to the Devic Kingdom and may be used to grid gardens and houses against geopathic stress.
In addition to the generic properties of Aventurine, specific colours have particular attributes:
Green Aventurine is a comforter and heart healer. It is an all-round healer bringing well-being and emotional calm. It is said to increase perception and creative insight. It neutralises all sources of electromagnetic pollution, blocking out emanations from computers, television and other electronic equipment. This stone is said to relieve anxiety and calm your emotions, and to enhance your sense of humour and cheerfulness, to bring about opportunity and to grant good luck in gabling. Green Aventurine settles nausea, is often used to improve eyesight, as well as increasing flexibility in the muscles.
Blue Aventurine is a powerful mental healer that increases vitality and a positive outlook. It clears old, stagnant energies, helping you to open up to inner growth and spiritual work. This stone assists with self-discipline, developing inner strength and balancing the emotions. It helps you to communicate clearly and creatively, and to provide patience, eliminate stubbornness and control excitability. It will assist you in overcoming addictions. Blue Aventurine is alleged to help release toxins, and to provide strength to those suffering from wasting diseases.
Yellow/Peach Aventurine enhances the flow of energy throughout the body. Relieves grief and anxiety, balances the emotions. Also balances male/female energies. Yellow Aventurine is usually classed as a good luck stone, excellent for manifesting money. It is especially helpful if you are oversensitive or indecisive, helping in overcoming any thoughts or problems with power and control over your own life. It also enhances creativity. It fights viruses and is a good all round stone for general illness.
Red/Strawberry Aventurine is a powerful high vibration stone. It clears blockages that hold us to the past. It can assist in creativity, and help you to see the possibilities in new opportunities. It is a stone of vitality and renewal, creating confidence and capability. It inspires creativity and sexuality, renews excitement and confidence and helps to bring goals and desires into reality. Helps you regain physical strength when recovering from illness or injury, helps to restore a healthy libido. Particularly supportive for those who work long hours or need to sustain focus. Good aura cleanser.
Orange Aventurine is called the "Whisper Stone" due to its ability to quiet the critical and judgmental inner voice. It is a powerful tool for focusing life force (prana) and increasing confidence, and is considered a stone of good fortune, and of exciting new possibilities. It also calms and stills the mind of inner chatter when preparing for and during meditation.