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Aventurine – The Lucky Charm Gem

Everybody has heard of quartz gemstones, such as amethyst, rose quartz and citrine. However, not so many will have heard of aventurine; a light- to dark-green quartz gemstone with glittery inclusions that cause an attractive iridescence called “aventurescence”. The shimmery green color of aventurine comes from the presence of fuchsite flakes, which define aventurine as a rock rather than a mineral. Yet, aventurine is still called “quartz” because the fuchsite content is considered to be an inclusion within the mineral, silicon dioxide. Without the fuchsite, aventurine would be just colorless quartz.
 Aventurine Gemstones
Aventurine Cabochons
Fuchsite is a green variety of muscovite mica that contains chromium, making it green.  Rarely, aventurine will contain hematite or goethite, making it reddish-brown, golden brown or bluish-brown.  A man-made Italian glass called “goldstone” can be mistaken for natural aventurine, so buyers should beware. Goldstone will have a lesser hardness than true aventurine, which has a Mohs hardness of 7, so a scratch test should be able to determine the difference.
 Ruby in Fuchsite Gems
Ruby in Fuchsite Gemstones
Aventurine gemstones are most often found as carved figurines, cabochons or beads, and are popularly worn as “lucky stones”, especially green aventurine. Some say that an aventurine gemstone will even attract prosperity and improve the chances of winning the lottery! Perhaps the silvery flecks led to such lore. Other attributes attached to aventurine are the promotion of well-being, peace and positivity, as well as the alleviation of anxiety. Aventurine’s name is not associated with adventure, but was taken from the Italian words, “a” and “ventura”, meaning “by chance”. This does not refer to the possibility of lucky windfalls, but to the chance discovery of aventurine.
Carved Aventurine Elephant
Carved Aventurine Elephant
Whatever your reason for seeking out aventurine gemstones, you will not be disappointed by its serene color, glittery shimmer and affordable price, and if you happen to receive a cash prize, please be sure to let us know!

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