Stone's names: Aventurine, avanturine.
Color: Aventurine is a soft green semi-translucent to mostly opaque stone with mica flecks. Aventurine also comes in silvery, yellow, reddish brown, greenish-brown, bluish green and orange. It contains inclusions of small crystals that reflect light and give a range of colors - depending on the nature of the inclusion.
Description: Aventurine is composed of two gem minerals, one is a plagioclase feldspar and the other is
. Both have a sparkling reflection from oriented minute inclusions of mica or hematite, which cause a slight metallic iridescence.
The name's origin: Aventurine derives its name from Italian - per avventura - by chance.
Wedding anniversary: Aventurine is the anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.
Care and treatment: Translucent aventurine often fades in the sun, therefore the aventurine jewelry is better kept in the dark place.
From the stone history: For many centuries aventurine is used for jewelry, candelabra, girandoles, pipes, vases and bowls (sometimes very large), and for other ornamental objects. Unique ancient vase made of bright aventurine is displayed in Hermitage, art museum in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Shopping guide: Aventurine is a very charming inexpensive stone. It's claim to fame is having inclusions that look like sparkles. This is an easy identifying factor often called aventurescence.
There was a custom of assigning various Masculine and Feminine Saints with a particular gem for use in talismans. The name Andrew or Andre (i.e. patron Saint Andrew) is associated with Aventurine.
Healing ability: Avanturine is said to increase libido.
Releases fear and anxiety. Green aventurine strengthens one's blood and muscle tissues.
Mystical power: Aventurine is said to increase confidence, and gratitude, promotes emotional tranquility and positive attitudes. Aventurine is a wonderful stone to use daily, especially during meditation and prayer.
Deposits: Aventurine is found in Brazil, India, China, Japan, Russia, Tanzania, and USA. Extensive beds in mica schist occur in the Russian Ural Mountains.
Green aventurine, colored by a chrome mica, has been found in the state of Tamil Nadu (formerly Madras), India, China, and in Rutland (Vermont).
See also: using of aventurine