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Aventurine: Your Gold Speckled Chance

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

aventurineAventurine's name is Italian, coming from the expression «per ventura» or «by chance». It refers to the discovery of Aventurine by Venetian glass workers sometime in the 16th or 17th century. Aventurine is a form of quartz, and is very similar to goldstone and sunstone. Another name for aventurine is Indian jade.

Aventurine is most often green, but can also be orange, brown, blue, gray, peach, greenish-blue, bluish-white, bluish-green, or yellow. The green hues in aventurine are due to the inclusion of the mineral green fuschite. Orange, red, and brown hues are due to the inclusion of goethite or hematite. It is known for its translucency (or often, opacity) and «aventurescence», a word describing the mineral inclusions which make the rock shimmer or glisten.

Others dispute that the secret of making such glass was known to ancient Egyptians, but was subsequently lost until 17th century. According to third version, the marvelous gold speckled stone was considered a talisman during the Gold Rush in America. And since the rush for gold was instigated mostly by the adventurers, the stone got the name aventurine. The legend has it that the gold-diggers, who wore aventurine jewelry, always found a rich deposit. And they say that the gemstone pointed to the deposit where gold was abundant.

However, the main deposits of aventurine are found in Austria (in Salzburg area), Russia (Urals mountains), Brazil, Spain (Cap-de Gata) and India (best known for its deposits of green aventurine, but blue aventurine is found in Jaipur province). Nevertheless, aventurines are found in Colorado, they even nicknamed «Colorado gold stones». But it's hard to resist the romance, and the legends associated with the origin of aventurine's name proliferate, with no regard for historical authenticity.

They say that aventurine is formed of golden sand, compacted under high pressure which is nearly as high as that transforming unassuming graphite into a sparkling diamond. However, this is merely a romantic tale. Aventurine is a variety of quartz, with inclusions of mica or hematite fine particles (or, in rare cases, copper particles) or scales of iron-oxide, which confer brilliancy on the stone. There are no traces of gold, despite the mysterious «golden» sparkles.

Considered by gems healers to be one of the Mothers' of all healing stones, aventurine has been bestowed with many healing properties. The main healing benefit that aventurine is linked with is mentally based, helping to achieve clarity of mind and thoughts. Aventurine is said to calm a troubled mind, thereby bringing inner peace. It is also supposed to increase confidence and gratitude, and promote emotional tranquility and positive attitudes. In addition, aventurine is considered to be a love talisman, a mystical amulet. A person who wears aventurine jewelry becomes capable of unexpected actions and decisions.

But the legends say that despite this beneficial effect, you shouldn't wear aventurine jewelry all the time. As it turns out, aventurine has the property to change its spiritual energy depending on the moon phases (it was believed that this stone is directly linked to the lunar magic). Therefore, aventurine jewelry can be worn for only one lunar phase, and then it needs «a break».

In addition, aventurine jewelry is not particularly recommended for adults, but rather for children under 16. In the old days, they believed that the properties of the gemstone suggests that it may be worn only by the people who do not hold high positions, have families or are bound by other responsibilities or obligations (therefore the age limit).

For Earth and Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo) aventurine readily shows its best qualities, especially if worn when the moon is in decrement. But the Air signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini) better use aventurine jewelry sparely, only on important occasions, for example, for the first date.

In ancient times, aventurine was believed to relieve allergic reactions or general apathy. It was also thought to restore the health and beauty of your hair, therefore aventurine bracelets and necklaces were recommended in case of hair loss. In cosmetology aventurine was used for removal of warts and pimples.

Today, it would be difficult to remove warts or grow hair with aventurine as natural gemstones are not easy to obtain. It's true that shop counters are literally teeming with aventurine jewelry pieces. However, for the most part it is not aventurine, but that same glass, whose formula was recovered by the Venetian glass blowers (copper, iron, chromium and cobalt oxides are added to the glass melt). And the name «aventurine» on the label is not a guarantee that it is a gemstone you're buying, as it glass imitation bears the same name.

The first sign of a fake is too many too bright golden speckles (in natural gemstones they are less striking). In addition, in natural gemstone speckles are evenly distributed, while in glass imitations there are both dense clusters, and completely «blank» areas.

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