Aventurine Skull (A147)
Aventurine hand-carved into the form of a much smaller than life human skull.
Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterized by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence. The most common color of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or grey. Chrome-bearing fuchsite (a variety of muscovite mica) is the classic inclusion, and gives a silvery green or blue sheen. Oranges and browns are attributed to hematite or goethite. The name “aventurine” is derived from the Italian "a ventura" meaning "by chance". This is an allusion to the lucky discovery of aventurine glass (aka. Goldstone) at some point in the 18th century. One story runs that this kind of glass was originally made accidentally at Murano by a workman, who let some copper filings fall into the molten “metal,” whence the product was called avventurino. From the Murano glass the name passed to the mineral, which displayed a rather similar appearance. Although it was known first, goldstone is now a common imitation of aventurine and sunstone. Goldstone is distinguished visually from the latter two minerals by its coarse flecks of copper, dispersed within the glass in an unnaturally uniform manner. It is usually a golden brown, but may also be found in blue or green.
Aventurine is a green quartz crystal that ranges from translucent to opaque. It has a green shade that varies from pale to deep, dark green. It gets its green shade from fuchsite inclusions. Aventurine obtains its sparkly, shimmery appearance with a glassy luster from mica inclusions. It comforts, harmonizes, protects the heart, and can help attract love later in life. Aventurine is one of the premier stones to attract luck, abundance and success. It has a particularly soothing energy behind it, and is recommended for working through unresolved emotional issues. Aventurine is a great piece to use when working with the heart chakra. It is known as the good luck stone and is often used in rituals with green candles, or kept in cash boxes or drawers to attract money. Aventurine has a particularly soothing energy behind it and is recommended for working through unresolved emotional issues. One can also use aventurine for gridding a home or workspace. aventurine is commonly known as a “stone of personal growth”, and offers opportunities for learning about oneself and one's place in the universe. Metaphysically, aventurine is an all-around healing stone with benefits for the lungs, liver, sinuses, and heart. Use aventurine to loosen and release negativity and energy blockages, including disease. Some people wear or carry aventurine to increase intelligence, perception and creativity. Other people use green aventurine to improve their eyesight! Those with Aries as their astrological sun sign will benefit most from the metaphysical effects of aventurine. Hold aventurine and affirm: “I am part of the Tree of Life.”