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Aventurine – The Lucky Charm Gem
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
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
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.
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