Like a kid, I originally morphed the word Aventurine into something I could relate to better -- ADventurine! And with such a great name, how could I not want to know more about this beautiful, commonly green, gemstone. Once I learned about it, it was such a great story I thought I should share with you.
Aventurine is a form of quartz that has a shimmering or glistening effect called 'aventurescence'. Its name is derived from the Italian a ventura or all’avventura, meaning "by chance," and refers to the Italian glass from the 1700s, produced when a worker accidentally dropped metal filings into a vat of melting glass. Once cooled, the result was pleasing with its randomly spaced iridescent sparkles, and it was used to make jewelry and other items. The name Aventurine was later given to the natural stone which looked like the industrial product. I was relieved to learn that others call the stone Adventurine as well -- and it's also known as Avanturine, Aventurine Quartz, and Indian Jade.
This special rock -- in its green form -- is known as the "stone of opportunity", and is thought by some to be lucky in terms of finding prosperity and wealth. Crystal healers even say it can help you realign your life to bring opportunity and success. One writer of the London Literary Gazette waxed eloquent in 1830 about a beautiful Aventurine vase. He wrote, The peculiar stone out of which it has been wrought renders it unique of its kind -- appearing to be an exclusive product of Siberia. From the transparency and variegated colours of its veins, its crystalline fineness of texture...it bears a striking resemblance to the finest sort of agate...it is in no respect in ferior to the most brilliant opal or jasper of Sicily or the Indies.
While I don't currently own any Aventurine, researching this has made me WANT some of these precious green beads -- and maybe an ornament such as the gorgeous works shown here from Etsy. If you want to know more about these pieces or artisans, follow these links. The gold pendant Aventurine stone bead necklace is from Etsy's Nogaseeds. The amazing 'arrowhead pendant' necklace with Aventurine beads is from aatelierandrea on Etsy.
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Until Next Time......Sheila