Aventurine is member of the Chalcedony Quartz family and comes in green, blue, red (although it’s more pale orange-brown than red), yellow and a pale silvery colour. It has a translucent but sparkling or glistening effect known as “aventurescence”. It contains inclusions of various shiny minerals which create the sparkle.
The majority of Aventurine is found in India, but it is also mined in Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, Tanzania and the U.S.A.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Aventurine
Aventurine is a very important stone in the spiritual realm. Spiritualists believe it has the ability to purify the spirit and bring balance to yin and yang energies, as well as having the capacity to calm and bring inner-peace, and is also said to calm a troubled mind.
It is considered lucky and a stone of opportunity that attracts prosperity. Some advise having some in your left pocket when you are buying a lottery ticket – although I cannot guarantee that will bring you luck! It is also thought to increase confidence and gratitude, and to promote emotional tranquillity and positive attitudes. Some also think that it can increase your libido.
Green Aventurine: Many believe that Green Aventurine makes one more decisive, can strengthen leadership qualities, and improves creativity. And it is also professed to be good for healing on all levels, including strengthening the blood and muscle tissues, healing blockages and clearing migraine.
Blue Aventurine is said to help remove toxins from the body, decrease negative emotions, and stimulate creativity and intellect. It is believed to build inner strength and self discipline.
Red Aventurine is thought to increase energy levels and some believe that it can help the female reproductive system, fertility and childbirth.
Aventurine is not a traditional birthstone but is said to be a good gemstone for those born in August. It is also the anniversary stone for the 8th year of marriage.