Although this natural mineral has been around for a long time, the name “aventurine stone” has only recently been attributed to it, in reference to “Murano glass”. It is a synthetic crystal, which resembles the natural stone. The most known story comes from around the year 1700, when the glassmakers of Venice, Italy, experienced a mass exodus to the small island of Murano. This exodus was a preventive measure to protect Venice from the fires they were very often responsible for due to their work and the equipment they used. During this period, a glassmaker accidentally poured copper filings into the molten “metal”. This produced a remarkable effect, giving rise to many types of iridescent decorative glasses containing flakes. “Per aventura” in Italian, means “random, inappropriate,” whether to describe the random arrangement of copper flakes mixed with molten glass; or to describe the accidental circumstances of the creation of this crystal, also called Goldstone. This achievement was attributed to the Miotti family, who kept its manufacturing process a secret. Natural aventurine has also been given other names throughout the ages, such as “Prase” in English, which comes from Greek meaning “leek”, in reference to its green colour.
The first listed use of natural aventurine stone dates back more than 4000 years, to the time of ancient China. It was highly valued by the Chinese, who gave it the name, “Yù Imperial Stone”. This use in Chinese royalty was due to the fact that they associated it with the goddess Guanyin, who represented mercy, compassion and unconditional love. They then wore it as an amulet, or drank it as an elixir, to bring vitality and well-being. The Etruscans followed this divine example, associating this exceptional stone with the goddess of childbirth, whom they named Thalna.
Around 2000 years ago, the Incas used it to attract wealth and riches. Tibetans also used it for their sculptures and for curing diseases. They used aventurine to sharpen perception and improve eyesight. Wearing this mineral as an amulet was considered to treat nearsightedness. Thanks to this characteristic, it played an important role in Tibetan tradition. They then used aventurine to craft the eyes of their statues. This practice symbolically increased the reach of their gaze. The Celts, on the other hand, associated aventurine with knowledge and spirituality. Gold prospectors, during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1890 in North America and Canada, used aventurine as an amulet to bring good luck during their search.
In 19th century Russia, aventurine was used in the manufacturing of many objects of decorative or practical use: vases, candlesticks, jewellery and works of art, etc. Indeed, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg houses a remarkable aventurine pedestal washbasin at 1.46 metres high and 2.46 metres wide. At the British Museum of London you can also admire a large vase carved from aventurine. Originally from Central Asia, it was offered by Russian Tsar Nicholas II to the head of the British Geological Survey.
Aventurine stone actually comes from the quartz family. Unlike jade or agate, that have coloured stripes, aventurine is characterised by its inclusions. These inclusions vary from one variety to another and are responsible for the stone’s brilliant effects, termed Aventurescence. The most common inclusions are mica and hematite, which give the stone a red-brown colour. Muscovite or fuchsite inclusions are responsible for its green variety, and are more widespread. There is also a blue aventurine variety: dumortierite. This blue variety is, however, like aventurine in general, exceedingly rare.
Aventurine is formed in magmatic rocks, especially in pegmatites, but also in hydrothermal veins. It is also found in shale and alluvium. The main exploitable aventurine deposits are found in Brazil and North America but also in Asia, particularly in China and India. There are also some in Europe, particularly in Germany, Russia, Austria, and even in France, where brown aventurine veins are said to exist in Nantes.
Aventurine stone has a gentle and accessible energy, making this natural mineral the perfect stone in the quest for self-knowledge. When combined with pink quartz, it allows the opening of the heart and conscience. Combined with smoky quartz, it helps us to begin anew with optimism. The energy it releases harmonises the different chakras and allows the user to feel optimistic. This person will then be able to think clearly and make decisions more easily in the face of difficult situations. They will feel more in control of themselves, by regaining their free will and their freedom to think and act, as aventurine restores well-being and self-confidence.
Aventurine also unlocks the creative mind and the determination of the wearer. It contributes to greater independence and promotes access to new ideas and concepts (the perfect faculties for creation). It also has an anti-stress effect, which contributes to inner tranquillity and the preservation of composure. It is therefore perfect for those who are looking to reduce their stress and calm their anxiety. Green aventurine cools and calms anger, by strengthening self-control. These qualities are essential to carry out one’s projects, but also in self-fulfilment.
Aventurine regulates emotional problems. This stone reignites joy and cheerfulness. It brings compassion and makes the wearer feel their love and that of others. It provides patience and increases the capacity for self-acceptance, but also for acceptance of others.
Aventurine is also very helpful in calming children who are too excited. It helps them to flourish, by encouraging their openness to others and to the world. It develops their sense of adventure. In combination with pink quartz, it is useful for the treatment of speech disorders in children.
Finally, aventurine is considered a stone of luck and optimism. The aventurine green/citrine pair proves to be a powerful combination for attracting luck and abundance. Brown aventurine, on the other hand, helps you to keep your feet on the ground and to stay rooted in the real world.
Green aventurine is the perfect stone for treating problems related to the skin, liver, eyes and also the heart. On the skin, it helps to remove impurities and beautifies it. In the form of an elixir, it is all the more effective on skin disorders. However, it should be applied locally as a compress on the affected areas (on the acupuncture points for example) and should be drunk (in water). It helps in the healing process, thanks to its high silicon content which is excellent for the skin. On the heart, aventurine prevents the risk of dysfunction. Placed on the chest, it soothes those who are suffering from irregularity. It promotes the proper functioning of the gallbladder and aids the liver’s proper functioning of purifying the body.
For pregnant women, aventurine can soothe nausea and pregnancy-related pain. For children, it stimulates growth and eases teeth pain.
Aventurine provides inner tranquillity thanks to its anti-stress effect. It helps one to limit insomnia and its harmful effects. It also promotes a healthy circulation of energy for optimal physical vitality by opening the chakras. Each chakra will then be able to function properly. It easily regulates body temperature, and prevents various dysfunctions of the body.
Depending on its colour, aventurine is associated with a particular zodiac sign. Its red-brown variety is associated with the Cancer and Sagittarius signs. Its green variety is strongly linked to the Taurus sign, for which it promotes happiness and financial prosperity.