Aventurine Properties and Meanings
Aventurine has been used by humans for millions of years.
It is a unique form of quartz, and particles of chrome give it a green colour. Other forms of aventurine may contain a wide variety of mineral particles, which lead to a range of different colours.
Some varieties contain minerals that give it silver, brown, or occasionally red colours, although the green variety is the most common, and the one that this article will primarily discuss.
The precise mineral that gives aventurine its distinctive green colour (when it is green) is fuschite, which appears in tiny particles within the matrix of the quartz crystal.
Sometimes the concentrations are so high that aventurine is technically classified as a rock, because the fuschite makes up more of it than the quartz crystal does!
Because of its beautiful shimmering finish, aventurine gives its name to the word aventurescence, which refers to the “glittery” effect of tiny particles of highly reflective mineral contained in a less reflective whole.
The most valuable pieces of aventurine are ones with intensely shimmering surfaces, which look, when turned, as if they are composed entirely of layers of glitter.
Aventurine has been found in many different places across the globe, including Tibet, India, Chile and Brazil, Spain, and Russia, among others. Historically, it has frequently been confused with jade, although the chemical makeup of the two stones is quite different.
It has a long and rich history in the ancient world, mainly in Asia, but also to some extent in Europe and the Americas.
In Ancient Tibet, it was used to decorate statues, which is where it is most commonly seen in use today.
It was said to improve nearsightedness, and therefore was placed on statues in order to symbolically show the “visionary” powers of the statue.
In Ancient Chinese culture, aventurine was the sacred stone of Kuan-Yin, the goddess of mercy and compassion.
It has also been associated with various goddesses of fertility, nature, and spring, across multiple cultures including the southeast Asian Buddhists, the Greeks, and the Celts, because of its green colouration.
Why Would You Use Aventurine?
Because of its colour, aventurine is linked to the element of earth, and to the planet Earth as a whole.
If you are interested in becoming more attuned to the powers of nature, aventurine is a good place to start.
Its connection with nature and spring will help you feel an awakening to nature that will quickly improve your psychic health and strength.
Aventurine stones have a very soothing energy, which is highly beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, fear, or restlessness.
It will help you feel more at home in your world, and prevent the wandering eye that leads to a constant search for happiness that can never be fully fulfilled.
It is also the perfect stone for healing discord and promoting harmony. The soothing energy effects not just you but all those around you.
If you incorporate aventurine into your life, you will find yourself far better able to form meaningful relationships with others without negativity or friction.
Aventurine is the great healer of the heart chakra, and clears blockages of energy from this chakra, meaning that it regulates our ability to communicate and form emotional bonds with others.
If the heart chakra is blocked, it leads to repressed, angst-ridden self-loathing, but when it is open and clear, you can develop a sense of personal altruism and positivity that draws good luck to you like honey draws flies.
Because of its properties in promoting harmony and clearing personal psychic energy, aventurine is a perfect stone for improving your relationships: familial, romantic, professional, and interpersonal.
All relationships can benefit from the calm and harmonious attitude this stone creates.
It is especially beneficial in helping you get through periods in romantic relationships where you feel stagnant, unheard, or unable to communicate your needs.
Everyone goes through times like this, and aventurine will ensure that they don’t trip you up for too long.
This stone also helps smooth potentially rocky transitions in your life.
Aventurine will reward a “speculative” attitude and a willingness to try new things. It’s no coincidence that its name is so similar to “adventure!”
How Will Aventurine Help You?
As one of the best stones for promoting harmonious relationships, aventurine is indispensable to anyone at any stage of a romantic partnership.
If you are just beginning a relationship, it will keep the lines of communication wide open, and ensure that you are both clear-eyed and forgiving in your evaluation of your partner.
It will prevent you from being blind to his or her faults, while also preventing you from “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” and getting rid of an almost perfect partner for a perceived flaw that’s not worth it.
If you are contemplating amping up the seriousness of your relationship (by moving in together, for example, or becoming engaged or married), then aventurine will maintain harmony in your relationship through the transition.
It will prevent the all-too-common trap of becoming impatient with each other when you’re spending a lot more time together.
If you have been in a relationship for a long time, aventurine will help inject a fresh dose of affection into the partnership.
Never will you take your partner for granted when you have aventurine to help you.
You will always be able to see the wonderful things in your partner that made you fall in love with them in the first place.
Outside of romantic relationships, aventurine is extremely useful in ensuring that you are keeping up positive relationships with everyone surrounding you. Whether it’s your business partners, your friends, or your family, aventurine will help you see other people’s perspectives, and help them see yours.
This empathy is the key to all successful interpersonal interaction. Beyond that, aventurine prompts a generosity of spirit that some cynical souls might call naïve, but that is actually extremely important. You need to be able to forgive others, and yourself, in order to keep up a level of positivity in your life.
Aventurine and Healing
Aventurine can calm your soul when you are troubled, and bring an inner peace that will soothe and comfort you through difficult times and stressful interactions.
This is an invaluable stone for developing a sense of serenity that won’t abandon you at the first sign of trouble.
An extra fun fact: aventurine has sometimes been called “the gambler’s stone,” as its green colour is related to money. It’s said that if you carry a piece of aventurine, you will never lose a gamble.
I don’t recommend relying on this, but if you happen to be going to Vegas, it might be worth taking a piece with you 🙂
How to Use Aventurine for the Best Results
Aventurine is an excellent stone for jewellery because of its beautiful, glittering, green colour. But even beyond its aesthetic value, wearing it as jewellery can have added effects.
The ideal way to wear aventurine jewellery is over the heart chakra, either in the form of a brooch or pin, or on a long pendant. This will maintain a clear flow of energy through the heart chakra, preventing both blockages and sluggishness.
Historically, Aventurine has been called “the stone of the Amazons,” because it was believed to be the stone that the Amazon warriors used on their breastplates.
Channel your inner Wonder Woman and wear an aventurine brooch on your chest to give you strength, especially during emotional times.
If you frequently become impatient and find yourself not listening to people, wear aventurine as earrings. It will make everything you hear sound just a little better, and prompt a generosity of spirit that will help you listen to even some of the more inane comments or conversations you may have to deal with.
For its relationship to romance, some people are drawn to the use of aventurine in wedding or engagement rings.
However, it is a fairly soft stone, generally around 6-7 on the Mohs hardness scale, and therefore won’t stand up overly well to a lot of the abuse that rings go through on a day-to-day basis.
If you have an aventurine ring, be extremely careful with it – perhaps only wear it on special occasions, or string it around your neck as a pendant instead.
Since it is so connected to spring, aventurine can be a very useful stone if you’re suffering from SAD, or the “winter blues.”
Place a piece of it near a light or heat source, such as a window, an incandescent light, or a fireplace. When you are drawn towards that light or heat source to escape the cold, you will be touched by the energy of renewal and serenity that the aventurine stone possesses.
A piece of aventurine can also be discreetly placed in rooms where tension may seem to build up, such as in an office, a workplace lunchroom, a family dining room, or even a bedroom.
Placing it in rooms that are frequently subject to negative energy can help you avoid becoming embroiled in the fights that are wont to take place there, and break the patterns of negativity that may be causing problems.
The Best Combination to Use with Aventurine
Aventurine is best paired with other stones that promote communication and emotional intuition.
These stones will benefit from the empathetic yet calm vibrations that aventurine possesses, while also enhancing its ability to perceive emotional realities.
Frequently, it is beneficial to pair stones with stones that have contrasting powers, in order to create balance.
However, since aventurine is not one of the most powerful energies, it can sometimes be obliterated completely by these contrasting stones.
A stone with a strongly self-focussed power, such as a ruby, may run counter to aventurine’s power, and cancel it out rather than complementing it.
Instead, pair aventurine with turquoise to improve communication about emotional issues.
Aventurine will enable you to calmly recognize your own feelings, and empathize with those of others, while turquoise assists you in communicating your feelings and needs with other involved parties.
Aventurine also makes a good complement to the intuitive and highly sensitive powers of moonstone or opal.
Both of these stones will make emotions much stronger and clearer, but when used on their own, they can occasionally lead to emotional states that are too intense, and result in depression or hysteria.
Aventurine’s calming powers will help you experience those heightened emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them.
Instead, you will be able to evaluate them in a clear-headed way, while not becoming overly clinical or detached.
As all stones are, aventurine is highly effective when paired with a quartz point. Quartz is a highly effective amplifier for any sort of crystal power.
Clear quartz will powerfully enhance aventurine’s powers of empathy and forgiveness. Rose quartz has similar benefits, but in addition to enhancing aventurine’s natural power, it will lend its own innocent romance to the holder’s understanding of a situation.
This is an excellent combination if you feel that you are too cynical, especially about your partner, or about other people with whom you have personal relationships.
If you are always seeking out the negative, then a combination of rose quartz and aventurine can help you develop a far more positive and generous attitude towards these other people.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Aventurine
Aventurine is one of the most useful stones that you can incorporate into your life in order to promote positive relationships, especially romantic relationships.
While many stones that have strong emotional powers tend to open their wearers up to histrionics, and to emotions that are so heightened that they cloud other faculties, aventurine can improve your emotional receptiveness while also helping you keep a “level head.”
Do you think your relationship could benefit from this combination of level-headedness and emotional intuition?
If so, you might consider incorporating aventurine! If you are thinking about this, you can like and share this in order to introduce others to aventurine and its benefits.