Aventurine

The stone of opportunity

Aventurine comes in many colours; most commonly it is green, though it also forms in blue, red to reddish-brown, dusty purple, orange or peach, yellow, and silver gray. Aventurine is a variety of Quartz characterized by bright inclusions of Mica or other minerals that give a shimmering or glistening effect to the stone, especially notable when tumbled or polished.

History, mythology & legends

Aventurine was first discovered in the 18th Century. From the Italian, “a ventura,” or “all’avventura,” the name means “by chance.” In the 1700’s, a worker accidentally dropped metal filings into a vat of melting glass. When the glass cooled, it had beautiful, random sparkles throughout it. The name “aventurine” was later given to the natural stone as it looked like this glass.

Traditional & emotional healing

Red aventurine restores good humour and increases libido (when placed underneath the mattress). It may help with the reproductive system, fertility and is even said to speed up the metabolism. It can be helpful for side effects of radiotherapy, haemophilia, skin conditions (especially eczema), fungal conditions, low blood pressure, pulse and irregular heartbeat as well as fibromyalgia and hernia.

Green aventurine is believed to help people with typing work and also reduces clumsiness. It may help with fertility and irregular heart rhythms. Not only that, it can also help with eyesight, especially long-sightedness and astigmatism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy and hay fever. It is also believed to replace depression and anxiety with well-being and hope by placing it on the soil of a green plant overnight and holding it in the morning before starting the day.