Aventurine has been known for centuries as the stone of appeasement. Its elegant green color has enthralled civilizations for decades. Learn all there is to know about this stone in this article.
Although this natural mineral has been around for a very long time, the name "aventurine stone" has only recently been given to it, in reference to "aventurine glass". It is a synthetic crystal, which resembles the natural stone. The most famous story is that around 1700, the glassmakers of the city of Venice in Italy experienced a massive emigration to the small island of Murano.
This exodus was a preventive measure to protect the city of Venice from the fires they were often the cause of, due to their work and the equipment they used. At that time, a glassmaker inadvertently poured copper filings into molten crystal.
This produced a remarkable effect, which gave rise to all kinds of iridescent decorative glass, containing glitter. "Per aventura" is Italian for "random, inopportune", either to describe the random arrangement of copper flakes mixed into the glass paste; or to describe the fortuitous circumstances of the creation of this crystal, also called Goldstone.
This feat was attributed to the Miotti family, who would always keep the formula for its manufacture secret. Natural aventurine has also received other names through the ages, such as "Prase" in English, which comes from the Greek word for "leek", in reference to its green color.
The first recorded use of natural aventurine stone goes back more than 4000 years, to the time of ancient China. It was already highly valued by the Chinese, who called it the "Yù imperial stone". This use in Chinese royalty was due to the fact that they associated it with the goddess Guanyin Pusa, who represented mercy, compassion and unconditional love.
They wore it as a talisman, or drank it as an elixir, so that it would give them vitality and well-being. The Etruscans had also followed them in this divine dimension of aventurine, by associating this exceptional stone with the goddess of childbirth, whom they named Thalna.
About 2000 years ago, the Incas used it to attract wealth and gold to them. The Tibetans also used it for their carvings and in the appeasement of certain disorders. They used aventurine to enhance perception and improve eyesight. Wearing this mineral as an amulet corrected eye problems. It took thanks to this particularity a very important place in the Tibetan tradition. The latter used aventurine to make the eyes of their statues.
This practice increased in a symbolic way the range of their eyes. As for the Celts, they considered aventurine as a symbol, which they associated with knowledge and spirituality. Gold seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush in North America and Canada in the 1890s used aventurine as a talisman to attract good fortune during their search.
In 19th century Russia, aventurine was used in the design of all sorts of decorative and practical objects: vases, candlesticks, jewelry and art objects, etc. In the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, there is a surprising bowl on a stand made of aventurine, which measures 1.46 m high and 2.46 m wide.
In London, at the British Museum, one can also admire a large vase carved in aventurine. Originally from Central Asia, it was offered by the Russian Tsar Nicolas II, to the head of the British Geological Survey.
Aventurine is formed in magmatic rocks, especially in pegmatites, but also in hydrothermal veins. It is also found in shales and alluvium. The main exploitable deposits of aventurine are in South America (Brazil), North America (United States), but also in Asia, more particularly in China and India. There is also a certain amount in Europe, especially in Germany, Russia, Austria, and even in France, where there would be, in Nantes, veins of brown aventurine.
Aventurine stone has an energy of a gentle and easily accessible nature, which makes this natural mineral the ideal stone to begin a process of self-knowledge. When combined with rose quartz, it allows the opening of the heart and consciousness. Associated with smoky quartz, it helps to start on new bases with optimism.
The energy that it releases harmonizes the different chakras and brings to its user a healthy vision of the life! This person will then have clear ideas and will be able to take more easily decisions in front of complicated situations. He will feel more in control of himself, by finding his free will, his freedom to think and to act, because the aventurine will have restored his well-being and his confidence in him.
Aventurine also increases the creative spirit and determination of its holder. It contributes to a greater autonomy and favors access to new ideas and concepts, ideal faculties for creation. It also has an anti-stress effect, which contributes to inner peace and to the preservation of one's composure.
It is thus ideal for those which seek to calm their stress and to calm their nervousness. Indeed, the green aventurine makes patient and calms the anger, by reinforcing the self-control. These qualities are essential to the completion of one's projects, but also in self-realization.
Aventurine solves emotional problems. This stone gives back humor and cheerfulness. It brings compassion and encourages one to feel love for oneself and others. It provides patience and increases the capacity for tolerance necessary to promote self-acceptance, but also that of others.
Aventurine also proves to be very useful to calm the too excited children. It helps them to bloom, by supporting their opening to the others and to the world. It develops their sense of adventure. In association with rose quartz, it is useful for the treatment of speech disorders in children.
Finally, aventurine is considered a stone of luck and optimism. The pairing of green aventurine and china is a powerful combination for attracting luck and abundance. Brown aventurine helps to keep one's feet on the ground and maintain one's union with reality.
Green aventurine is the perfect stone to treat problems related to the skin, liver, eyes and also the heart. On the skin, it helps to eliminate impurities and beautify the skin. In the form of elixir, it is even more effective on skin disorders. However, it must be applied locally in the form of a compress on the affected areas such as acupuncture points for example, and also drunk in water.
It helps in the healing process thanks to its high silicon content, excellent for the skin. As for the heart, aventurine prevents the risks of dysfunction. Placed on the chest, it soothes people suffering from rhythm irregularities. It favors the good functioning of the gall bladder and helps the liver in its function of purification of the body.
For pregnant women, aventurine can soothe nausea and pain related to pregnancy. It can also stimulate growth in infants and relieve pain due to the appearance of teeth.
The aventurine brings an interior tranquility thanks to its effect antistress. It thus helps to fight the difficulties to fall asleep and their effects on the body. It also favors by the opening of the chakras, a healthy circulation of the energy for a good physical vitality. Each chakra will then see itself functioning perfectly. It relieves easily the excess of body temperature, and prevents various dysfunctions of the organism of general order.
According to its color, aventurine is associated with a particular sign of the zodiac. Its red-brown declination is associated with the signs of Cancer and Sagittarius. Its green declination is strongly linked to the sign of Taurus, for whom it would promote happiness and financial prosperity.
As each stone has its own virtues, you have to be careful with the associations between different stones. Aventurine being associated with the heart chakra, you can associate it with jade, but also with amazonite or unakite. These stones are also green and will match perfectly with aventurine.
Aventurine is also connected to the frontal chakra, so you can also combine it with stones such as sodalite, labradorite or hawk's eye, which are "also connected to the frontal chakra.