The Meaning Of Aventurine
The name ‘Aventurine’ comes from the beautiful shimmering finish of this stone. Its name relates to the word aventurescence, which refers to the “glittery” effect of tiny particles of highly reflective mineral contained in a less reflective whole.
The spiritual meaning of Aventurine is that of the ‘heart healer’. It is linked to Anahata, the Heart Chakra, the activator of love, appreciation, and inner harmony.
Connected to the middle chakra, it acts as a reminder of the harmony we need between the lower three chakras connected Mother Earth, and higher three chakras connected to the spirit world, in order for us to feel ultimate balance during our soul experience on earth.
The Heart Chakra, green on the outside and pink on the inside, is a perfect metaphor to understand the energy of aventurine. The green acting as the outer shield protecting the soft, pink heart, our inner vulnerabilities.
This comforting and secure energy gives us the confidence to move forward in life. To take risks, knowing that our heart will always be protected and safe.
The subconscious mind or our ego has its place to protect us. But at the same time it signals feelings of fear and doubt in our minds, distracting us from when our heart speaks to us softly.
Through learning to listen to the inner voice within, and beginning to trust our intuition, one can begin to bring back alignment and develop a true mind-heart connection.
This state of Heart Intelligence, allowing for a continual harmonious dialogue to occur between the mind and heart, or as I like to call it – the ‘perfect inner chemistry’ – will bring you into a state of flow and allowing you to always maintain feelings of inner peace. Despite these internal mind-heart polarities.
This awareness of these sometimes conflicting connections, is enough to initiate states of permanent emotional balance and calm. The power lies in the awareness. Joy is our natural state of being and our purpose in life is to EN-JOY, or even BE-IN-JOY!
Green Aventurine’s energy allows us to connect with that inner state of joy and synchronize with nature’s soothing rhythm.
This allows us to be truly present, utterly embracing each moment without anxiety, fear, doubt or stress. This is the true beauty of life, the NOW.
The Properties Of Aventurine
Physical Properties Of Aventurine
Humans have been using Aventurine for millions of years. It is a unique form of Quartz, and particles of chrome give it a green color.
Other types of Aventurine may contain a wide variety of mineral particles, which lead to a range of different colors.
The precise mineral that gives Aventurine its distinctive green color (when it is green) is Fuchsite, 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. That is because the Fuchsite makes up more of it than the Quartz crystal does!
The most valuable pieces of Aventurine are ones with intensely shimmering surfaces. They look as if they consist entirely of layers of glitter.
Aventurine is rising in popularity today but is nothing new altogether. In fact, by many accounts, it has been here all along. And sometimes other stones have been mistaken for it in ages past, and vice versa.
Nevertheless, it’s easy to see why this crystal attracted so much desire and attention throughout its involvement in human history. Blue Aventurine is also becoming increasingly popular in modern society.
Aventurine can be 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.
Metaphysical Properties Of Aventurine
Aventurine is a stone with spring and summer associations. And its likewise connected with the zodiac sign of Taurus. A sign representing people born just as spring and summer converge on the calendar.
Therefore, feelings of taking it slow, letting life run its course, and letting things unfold as part of the natural order are all characteristics of Aventurine that are very meaningful to people who love it. Just as they were to people who relished the stone in antiquity.
There is also a spirit of forgiveness as an almost primal level associated with this stone. It seems to accept human nature and evoke that same feeling in everyone who lets its energy in.
You’ll find the little niggles that annoy you about people seem much less severe and aggravating with Aventurine in your life!
History Of Aventurine
Aventurine 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 it was placed on statues for this reason: 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 coloration.
Varieties Of Aventurine
Some varieties of Aventurine contain minerals that give it silver, brown, or occasionally red colors, although the green variety is the most common, and the one that this article will primarily discuss.
The different varieties of Aventurine are:
Benefits Of Using Aventurine
Because of its color, aventurine has strong links 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 the right place to start.
Its connection with nature and spring will help you feel an awakening to nature. This will quickly improve your psychic health and strength.
Aventurine stones have 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 it prevents the wandering eye that leads to a constant search for happiness that can never be fully fulfilled.
There is so much bombardment to our senses day after day in the modern world. And it can be difficult to even contemplate how to slow down and take it easy sometimes.
In fact, many people even feel guilty for relaxing nowadays, thinking instead about what they ‘should be’ doing.
It’s a vicious cycle, but welcoming Aventurine into your home, or your meditation ritual, can really help you to see the bigger picture.
You’ll feel less guilt for taking things easy, looking after yourself, and giving yourself the space, time, and self-love you need to be your best.
There seems to be a growing number of people who always seem just one step away from burnout.
This is true even of those people who purposefully lead a New Age lifestyle or another spiritual lifestyle. After all, we can easily be so keen to use these skills to help others that we forget about ourselves.
Aventurine will help you to remember your own place in all this!
It is also the perfect stone for healing discord and promoting harmony. The soothing energy affects 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.
There’s an energy of quiet contentment, like a lazy Sunday with a book on a bench in the park, that seems to be embedded in the very essence of this stone.
By encouraging us to slow down, to breathe and to relax, Aventurine helps us to take in the moment, soaking up its positive vibrations and ways of inspiring us.
It’s sometimes all too easy to let the fleeting moments that can ground us and bring us to our senses pass by us. Yet Aventurine almost offers a second chance of sorts. Enhancing life’s little pleasures to somehow render them more vivid in your heart and mind.
People who let Aventurine into their lives often feel luckier as a consequence. And that attitude of gratitude, as modern slang sometimes calls it, is vital to successfully manifest a positive life.
It’s said you have to be thankful for what you have before life will give you more. And aventurine is wonderful for helping you see those little details.
Because of its powers for 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’!
The Powers Of Aventurine
Aventurine For Romantic Relationships
Aventurine is one of the best stones for promoting harmonious relationships. It 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 it ensures 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 thinking about 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.
And if you pair it with Labradorite then the effects will be even more profound.
Aventurine will prevent the all-too-common trap of becoming impatient with each other when you’re spending a lot more time together. You will instead find yourself more inclined to take your lives together on a moment to moment basis.
All those little details of why you both are together in the first place are so easily lost over time. And they suddenly become more vivid and easy to recognize.
Aventurine also is a stone of deep and natural compassion. And in moments when you and your partner disagree, you can see the dispute in perspective, rather than only seeing the hurt and disappointment.
It is, of course, always up to the couple to work out why arguments are being more frequently had in certain parts of the relationship.
No stone in the world can prevent these from coming about. But Aventurine is among the most beautiful and kind-spirited crystals to be had when it comes to finding out how to work out these tricky moments and to come out of it stronger together.
Naturally, Aventurine can make a fine gift for your partner, too.
The earthy feeling of the stone has a sense of permanence that almost seems to say that your love for each other is as long-lasting as the landscapes that surround you.
If you have been in a relationship for a long time, Aventurine will help inject new affection into the partnership.
You will never 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.
Aventurine is so fantastic at opening up your imagination and bringing ideas vibrantly to your mind. You might find that flirting springs back up in your mind when you’re around the stone and feeling tense about your relationship.
It’s often as though the stone itself has a direct link to your most intimate memories. But don’t let that scare you – it’s trying to help.
Another thing Aventurine is good at is balancing you out. So don’t worry that it might wash you in so much sentimental memory that you forget that there are actual problems to solve.
Those problems suddenly don’t seem so big and overpowering when you let the energy of Aventurine in.
You’ll find that you suddenly don’t feel in such a hurry to jump to conclusions. Nor will you insist on solving everything all at once.
This energy makes it easier to understand that both your partner and yourself each have limitations. And that you are both trying your best with the knowledge and inbuilt defense mechanisms that you have.
Sure, relationships need work. But things can be addressed over time, carefully and with compassion.
Aventurine For Personal Relationships
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 interactions. 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.
Healing Powers Of Aventurine
Aventurine can calm your soul when you are troubled. And it can bring an inner peace that will soothe and comfort you through difficult times and stressful interactions.
Aventurine is an invaluable stone for developing a sense of serenity that won’t abandon you at the first sign of trouble.
What’s important for using its healing powers is the contact, and it doesn’t even need to have too much finesse.
If you’re enduring headaches, you can lightly touch your temple with a cool piece of Aventurine.
Likewise, joint pain, muscle cramps, and even ailments like a cough, a cold, or a stomach ache can all be alleviated by spending time with the energies of Aventurine in a quiet, happy space.
As you welcome Aventurine into your spiritual realm more and more, you’ll hopefully see that it allows you to prevent pain and illness ahead of time, keeping you healthy and alert.
That extra energy is always welcome, but so is the sense of relaxation that Aventurine provides.
Aventurine For Luck
Fun fact: Aventurine has sometimes been called ‘the gambler’s stone’, as its green color is related to money and luck. If you carry a piece of Aventurine, you will never lose a gamble, so the saying goes.
I don’t recommend relying on this, though. But if you happen to be going to Vegas, it might be worth taking a piece with you 😉
Aventurine is an excellent stone for jewelry because of its beautiful, glittering, green color. But even beyond its aesthetic value, wearing it as jewelry can have some ‘bonus’ effects.
The ideal way to wear Aventurine jewelry 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.
Even those who don’t realize what the stone does for the heart chakra – or any chakra – are strangely drawn to wear the stone in a way that somehow connects it to them accordingly.
Just as it’s our first instinct to hold a hand on to the afflicted area when hurt, so too do we have the strangest inclination to wear gemstones in ways that will help us to feel their effects best.
Aventurine is a stone especially talented at tapping into this deeper primal part of ourselves.
This is perhaps because of its color, and the naturalistic connotations it brings about.
Despite how urban and bustling our lives are today, for the better part of human history we have been a species more inclined towards communities rich in greenery and nature.
While technology may have marched on for us, Aventurine has kept this more agrarian outlook in mind. It’s like a sparkling summer day in your pocket but also conveys strength.
In fact, thanks to the clarity of mind and the clearness of heart that aventurine can inspire within whoever wears it, it has become a mainstay of the clothing and garments of countless cultures over the centuries.
Historically, Aventurine has also been called ‘the stone of the Amazons’. That is because it was believed to be the stone that the Amazon warriors used on their breastplates.
Channel your inner Wonder Woman or Superman 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 it will 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 love to use Aventurine in wedding or engagement rings.
Aventurine is a fairly soft stone, generally around 6-7 on the Mohs hardness scale. So it won’t stand up too well to a lot of the abuse that rings go through on a daily 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.
In Your Home
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 Aventurine near a light or heat source, like a window, an incandescent light, or a fireplace.
When you are drawn towards that light or heat source to escape the cold, the energy of renewal and serenity that this stone possesses will touch you.
After all, so many of the deepest of its meanings stem from the feeling of earthiness and sunshine that it represents.
That effortless green, flecked with surprising and hidden sprinkles of light, can’t help but bring a smile to the face.
There are days when it’s drizzling with rain outside, and you don’t want to face the world beyond your front door for fear of how many layers you need to wrap up in. Just go and get some tea, take a moment to pour a fresh cup and hold your aventurine in your hand.
Don’t be surprised if it evokes all manner of daydreams within you. Thoughts of babbling brooks and sunlit meadows will light up your mind and heart.
It’ll never replace the real thing, of course. But that all-natural feeling Aventurine possesses is like a breath of fresh air.
Because Aventurine is so good at opening up your extrasensory sight, you might feel more of a sense of place in these ethereal visions than you at first realize. Even feeling a warm summer breeze on the nape of your neck.
However, Aventurine really comes into its own when you use its positive healing energies to disperse heavier and more negative ones that may have built up around yourself and your loved ones.
You can also place a piece of Aventurine discreetly 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 take place there. And it can break the patterns of negativity that may be causing problems.
Meditation With Aventurine
Often, meditation is one of the greatest and simplest ways of embracing all of Aventurine’s powers.
The natural energies that radiate from the crystal mean it’s very versatile in terms of how you want to enjoy that feeling, too.
For instance, you can easily set up your meditation space to incorporate an Aventurine centerpiece when you are most inclined to take in its energies.
Similarly, you can wear Aventurine prominently as you settle into meditation to invite its healing energies or just hold it.
The Best Stones and Crystals to Combine 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 other stones that have contrasting powers 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 it may cancel it out rather than complement it.
The best stones and crystals to combine with Aventurine are:
Aventurine will enable you to recognize your own feelings calmly, and empathize with those of others, while turquoise assists you in communicating your feelings and needs with other involved parties.
Aventurine also makes an excellent complement to the intuitive and highly sensitive powers of Moonstone or Opal. Both of these stones will make emotions much stronger and clearer.
But if 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.
This is a rare balance to strike. It’s one of the many reasons why Aventurine is so precious. And it certainly explains a lot about how and why it has been so revered since ancient times.
By being able to take those overpowering emotions and adding a splash of logic to them – or likewise taking those critical, cold, and almost clinical thoughts and imbuing them with love – you can gain greater clarity and insight.
This is as true of others as it is yourself. So don’t be afraid to surround yourself with stones like this to get the best results when you’re called upon to help your nearest and dearest with advice.
Other Crystal Combinations
It’s up to you if you want to make these matches between various crystals and stones happen by either having them collectively in a sacred corner of your home or by combining them in your jewelry or outfit in some way instead.
There’s no right or wrong way to combine crystals with Aventurine, so definitely feel free to experiment.
In fact, because of how freely ideas flow when Aventurine is around, you might well come up with some of your own ways to mix up its energy with other stones of your collection.
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.
Aventurine and Rose Quartz 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 other people.
Aventurine is the great healer of both the heart chakra and the solar plexus and clears blockages of energy from this chakra, which means 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.
Aventurine As A Birthstone
Aventurine is a natural birthstone for people born between April 20 and May 20. Being associated with Venus, which is the ruling planet of Taurus, Aventurine is also the birthstone of Taurus.
With its pleasant green color, Aventurine is believed to bring good health, success, and rejuvenation.
People born under the sign of Taurus are naturally inclined to accumulate wealth, thus Aventurine is perfect for them.
After all, Green Aventurine can’t help but evoke thoughts and feelings about making money.
Aventurine And Astrology
Aventurine’s color alone is a dead ringer for those all-important dollar bills that Taurus people love so much. And by the very nature of this being a gemstone, it also carries a luxurious connotation that Taurus people so love.
To a Taurus person, money is never accumulated for its own sake. But rather as a means by which to try and secure comfort and some well-deserved downtime for themselves and their loved ones.
Taurus is also a star sign of the Earth element. And it makes total sense why rich greens as seen in aventurine would prove soothing and inspiring to them.
To onlookers, Taurus people seem to just grind to a halt every so often. But this is an unfair view on them – they just need to stop and recharge.
They do this by spending time in nature. And a decent piece can be just as rejuvenating to them as having a meadow in their pocket!
There’s a lightness to both the weight and the overall feel of Aventurine that well suits the Taurus persona.
These are people who don’t believe in worrying for its own sake. And they love an easy life – although not necessarily a life free of hard work, because of that.
Aventurine can help relieve stress and mental and emotional pressure. In that sense, it’s a great stone for anyone trying hard to pursue their goals. It is a great, easily-accessible stone for Taurus energy.
It enhances relaxation, regeneration, and recovery, which are all basic tenets of the Taurean desire to indulge in creature comforts.
Taurus energy is known for being patient, understanding, and slow to anger. It works well with this theme because it gives patience instead of annoyance.
People who are born under the zodiac sign Taurus are strong-willed, and Aventurine encourages expansion and adventure. Remember: it’s the gambler’s stone!
Cleansing And Charging Aventurine
How To Cleanse Aventurine
If you believe the Aventurine has been absorbing negativity, wash it in salt water and dry it under the full moon. This should cleanse the stone. You can also cleanse it by leaving it in the light of a Full Moon.
Aventurine is the stone of courage. It provides strength in times of stress, brings luck, and keeps negative entities away. To energize your Aventurine, you should charge it under a full moon or in running water.
How Much Costs Aventurine?
Aventurine costs $5 to $10 per piece.
How To Know If An Aventurine Is Real Or Fake?
If you can scratch or chip the Aventurine with your fingernail, it’s fake. Real Aventurine can be scratched by a knife blade.
Be careful when choosing Aventurine, because it is often dyed or coated with a resin.
If the stone feels waxy when rubbed against your skin, it’s probably been treated in some way. Aventurine can range from pale to dark green and from opaque to semi-translucent. So the color is not a good indicator of authenticity.
If you are shopping for Aventurine, ask to see several samples from different lots and compare them. Make sure they have the same appearance and quality. Also, check for inclusions (cracks) inside the stone because these can be indicators of natural flaws or fakes.
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 using Aventurine!
And if all this helped you, please share this with someone you care for. After all, Aventurine is one of the best stones to improve relationships 🙂