Aventurine: Stone of Self Reflection & Opportunity
Aventurine is a stone that is available in a variety of colors, although the shades of green are the most commonly related to the stone. Other colors include, but are not limited to: blue, red, brown, peach, yellow and grey. This lovely stone is often mistaken for Jade, Amazonite, and in some cases, even Chalcedony.
There is a story of lore stating that the origin of the name of this stone is from Venetian Glass makers in the 18th Century accidentally dropping shimmering shavings into green glass that gave it a wonderful sparkle. This story may not be wholly inaccurate, but it is certainly not the whole story. It is almost as if these stories state that Aventurine is not a gemstone at all, but a piece of sparkly glass, more like Goldstone. Aventurine is most assuredly a stone, not a shimmering glass.
What are the Scientific Properties of Aventurine?
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.
Scientifically there are two types of Aventurine. The most common is Aventurine Quartz, which has platy inclusions of green fuchsite mica. And Aventurine Feldspar, which has green platy crystals, giving this variety more of a sparkle or glittering. Aventurine Feldspar has a Mohs hardness of 6 and has a triclinic crystal structure.
Quartz in general is one of the largest available gemstone deposits from igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary stone, covering nearly 12% of the earth’s crust.
Green Aventurine Quartz is actually considered a ‘quartzites’. Meaning that it is actually a rock, not a mineral, comprised essentially of interlocking macrocrystalline quartz grains with disseminated grains from other minerals that impart colors to the stone.
As a variety of quartz and feldspar, Aventurine deposits are found in Brazil, India, Austria, Russia, Spain, Chile, and Tanzania. Some of the most primitive stone tools crafted by human ancestors more than 2.5 million years ago were found to be made of many quartz varieties, such as Aventurine.
What are the Metaphysical Properties of Aventurine?
Aventurine is a lovely stone used to balance the male/female energies, to help reinforce decisiveness, and supplementing greater motivation in all activities. All of these attributes are once again assisted by Aventurine to offer an inner equilibrium and and amplified leadership skills and abilities.
Told to stimulate dreaming as well as enhancing visualization, Aventurine has quite a positive effect on the psyche. This is a wonderful stone for those involved in creative ventures or activities of any kind, as it told to impart incredibly creative ideas from one’s inner openness and the aligning of the physical and astral bodies. Aventurine is considered an all around ‘luck’ stone, in any color. Although the green color seems to be the most powerful, especially where money is concerned.
The blue shade of Aventurine is used in healing and balancing the emotions, helping us to communicate more clearly and creatively. It stimulates creativity, intellect, as well as independence. It is also said to provide patience, eliminate stubbornness, control excitability, and to give one a deeper understanding of the cause and effect in situations, thus allowing one to more completely understand any situation and to assist in finding the optimal solution.
Green Aventurine is told to relieve anxiety and calm one’s emotions, to bring about opportunity and to give good luck in games of chance. It is said to have the ability to enhance one’s sense of humor and cheerfulness as well. While it makes a powerful good luck piece to draw opportunities your way, it is told that it may also draw unexpected adventures as well as good luck in love.
This is the most soothing Aventurine stone, to assist with decision making skills and to enhance creativity. This is a good stone for writers, artist, musicians, and anyone else working on a creative endeavor or in the creative field, to help opening up and enhance creative visualizations.
Red aventurine not only enhances creativity, it grants the ability to intuitively see possibilities and take advantage of those offerings. It is told that it shall bring the bearer more prosperity and less negativity.
What are the Healing Properties of Aventurine from Ancient Lore?
Aventurine was said to assist one in making decisions from the heart and bestowing the courage to live one’s truth openly and proudly around others, without worry of judgement. It's comforting, supportive, and balancing as well.
Green has a very strong healing energy as well as a ‘growth’ vibe. It was told to have the power to calm a troubled spirit, bring about inner peace, and relieve deep seated anxieties and fear, while cultivating a positive outlook on life.
Aventurine has been used in Medicine Wheel rituals to assist connection with the spirit guides by lifting the true heart one (or a group) becomes a beacon to the guides.
Physically, Aventurine was thought to have effectiveness on the adrenal glands, muscular system, connective tissues, and nervous system. Said to be one of the best stones for relief of migraine headaches. Always helpful with eyes and eyesight, it also helps one “see” in true light.
Aventurine was thought to be most effective when worn or carried for longer periods of time, the longer it is utilized the more effective the results will be.
What are the Magical Properties of Aventurine?
Powers: Mental Powers, Eyesight, Peace, Healing, Luck
Candle Color: Mint/Sage Green or Silver
Aventurine is a stone used in magical practice for general luck, but specifically for attracting money; it is often coined the ‘gambler’s stone’ as long standing lore, and said to be used in games of chance.
It is best when used for increased perception, to stimulate creativity, and enhance intelligence. It is wonderfully gifted in bringing clairvoyance, inducing psychic dream states to bring answers to quandaries, and to glimpse into the future.
Aventurine needs to be cleansed after each ritual or medatative use, or at least once a month under running water, and allowed to recharge in the sun. If at all possible, allow that recharging to be in, on, or near a living green plant, which may help to rejuvenate both the stone and the plant.
What are the Astrological/Zodiac Properties of Aventurine?
Zodiac Stone of: Aries
Birthstone: Not a Traditional or Modern Birthstone for any month.
What are the Chakra Healing Properties of Aventurine?
Green is the favored color of Aventurine Chakra work, as it is related to the heart, it is used mainly to both clear and activate the 4th, Heart Chakra, as well as protect the heart. Much akin to a cherished shield, Aventurine provides a a protective defense against others who wish to attach themselves to use one’s personal energy as their own.
Used during meditation, Green Aventurine may be programed with quite a strong intent based on one’s desired attributes of this lovey stone.
Red Aventurine is said to hold open the 2nd through the 5th chakras, and balance all the bodies to help stimulate and induce the kundalini energy.