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Aventurine Properties, Facts and Photos

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What is Aventurine?

Aventurine is a translucent variety of the mineral quartz.  It can usually be identified by the presence of minute inclusions. These are often described as 'platy' in reference to their plate-like shape.  They usually have a flaky appearance.

Mineral inclusions described as 'platy' are mostly mica or hematite.  As light reflects off the inclusions a glistening or spangled effect can often be seen.  This optical phenomenon is correctly known as aventurescence.

Aventurescence it caused by sparkling internal reflections from microscopic inclusions of other minerals.
yellow aventurine tumbled stones on a black backgroundAlthough aventurine occurs in different colours green, blue and shades of yellow/orange are the most common.

Green aventurine is caused by inclusions of fuchsite (fook~site).  Pink, orange, red and brown varieties tend to come from pyrite, hematite or goethite (ger~tite).

The colour of blue aventurine comes mostly from muscovite.

The mineral aventurine is believed to have been named after a man-made material known as goldstone.  Like aventurine it has a spangly or glitter-like appearance.

The visual effect that can be seen in goldstone is often called aventurescence.  It's caused as light reflects off copper that has crystallised within the glass.  Goldstone is also known as aventurine glass.

Although impurities in a mineral will often bring about a slight change in colour, when present in abundance they can change the colour of the stone completely.  Both aventurine and goldstone are prime examples.

The colour of the brownish-orange variety of goldstone comes purely from the inclusions of copper.

Most of the world's supply of blue and green aventurine comes from India.  Off-white and grey to yellow-orange coloured stones can be found in Chile, Spain and Russia.

Aventurine in others colours can be found in Brazil, Austria and Tanzania.rectangular shaped green aventurine polished mineral in museum display cabinet

Although often referred to as a mineral aventurine is a rock.  It's a quartzite which is a type of metamorphic rock that started off as sandstone.  Rocks and minerals are different materials.

During the Stone Age primitive tools were made of quartzite when flint was not available.  Although not quite as easy to work with, it's hard yet brittle which makes it relatively easy to shape. 

Aventurine grades 6.5 to 7 on Mohs scale of hardness.

In many articles online it's reported aventurine was discovered in 1837 by J.D Dan.  Having looked into this we can find nothing factual to support it.

The person incorrectly referred to as J.D Dan is likely to be James Dwight Dana [1813 - 1895] American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist and zoologist.  Although he wrote about aventurine quartz and also aventurine feldspar (sunstone), we can find nothing to indicate he discovered either of these minerals.

Aventurine quartz is a type of included quartz.

Aventurine Healing Properties

Aventurine protects the heart chakra and helps to balance male and female energies.

A stone of positivity it heals heartache and brings emotions back into alignment.  

Aventurine can help improve decisiveness and strengthen leadership qualities.  It's excellent for diffusing angry situations.

It promotes empathy and compassion, stimulates perception and enhances creativity. When faced with anger and irritation aventurine replaces these feelings with patience and understanding.

Aventurine can be used by crystal healers or those who help others.  It offers protection from unwanted energies, prevents lethargy and maintains a positive state of mind.

What Does Green Aventurine Do?

Green aventurine is a stone of communication that can help you express yourself in a more assertive but eloquent manner.  Although great for career success it also raises awareness about the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

Green aventurine will encourage you to distance yourself from the manic pace of everyday life.  It calms erratic thoughts and may help compulsive behaviour.  

One of the great benefits of green aventurine is its ability to bring energy into balance. When energies are flowing freely it enables you to deal with difficult matters in a calm and more logical manner.

Article Pictures

The rough green aventurine stones in the photo at the top of our article and the yellow aventurine tumbled stones come from our collection.

The green aventurine is on display in London's Natural History Museum. Photo by Stone Mania. 

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