What is Green Aventurine?
Aventurine is a type of quartz/quartzite that is translucent that is characterized by large quantities of particles or inclusions of other minerals and elements. When light strikes the surface of the quartz, light strikes the internal structure of the gem and the particles or compositions inside.
The light is also reflected by these dots, creating a powerful and beautiful visual effect. Due to the inclusions’ internal orientation, the reflections of this gemstone are unusual and appealing to gem collectors and jewelry enthusiasts. This gem occurs in many colors, including yellow, green, pink, red, white, brown, blue, white, and gray.
The most popular form of aventurine is green, and it is most known for the dreamy green color with speckles in various shades of green from the lightest green to the darkest one.
The visual effect created when light enters aventurine is called “aventurescence,” this visual effect is also used to describe similar effects observed in other gemstones with identical internal characteristics.
The most commonly found inclusion in aventurine is a type of green mica that is abundant with chromium. The smallest quantity of this green mica (fuchsite) in aventurine can create the best aventurescence that is loved by so many gem collectors.
Take note that other inclusions can also be found that can change the overall appearance of a specimen of aventurine. For example, if the addition happens to be lepidolite, the particles’ smattering will produce reddish or purplish reflections.
How is Green Aventurine Made?
The biggest supplier of commercially-viable aventurine is India, followed by smaller deposits found in a handful of other countries, including Brazil, Tanzania, Austria, Spain, and Russia.
However, the aventurine unearthed by other countries does not compare to the annual production of India. Rock tumbling is a popular method for processing and refining green aventurine. Tumbled gems are attractive and hold a nearly universal appeal to buyers. When green aventurine is subjected to tumbling, the internal inclusions are often exposed just a little, giving the resulting gemstones more character.
The presence of various oxides in aventurines such as cerium oxide and aluminum dioxide is responsible for the glorious polish of green aventurine after tumbling.
Now, the quality of aventurine varies from time to time. For aventurine that does not possess sufficient aventurescence, manufacturers perform dyeing to heighten the color and improve the appearance of these gemstones. Dyed aventurine is still considered genuine aventurine, so don’t feel too bad if you happen to find some dyed ones. However, after the higher quality stuff, you need to find aventurine with the natural radiance we have been talking about.
Meaning of Green Aventurine
Green aventurine derives its name from the Italian word “avventura.” “Avventura” means luck or risk. In ancient Tibet, the monks used this gemstone extensively to decorate their religious statues. The green aventurine was often installed in the eye region of the figures so that when light struck the aventurine, the deities could transfer some of their powers to the icons.
Up until a few centuries ago, this gemstone was also called the gemstone of the Amazon, as small deposits of the gem were thought to have provided sufficient supply to the women warriors of the Amazon jungle. Another name for this gemstone is “adventurine,” but aventurine is more common in more professional circles.
Aventurine is associated with optimism, positivity, and life. The corresponding chakra that this gemstone is linked to depends on the sample’s hue due to the multitude of colors available. Aventurine is associated with two zodiac signs: the mighty Leo and the sturdy Aries. It is an Earth gemstone, which automatically makes it an excellent defensive and grounding stone.
Aventurine also vibrates a lower frequency (like other quartz) and provides subtle energies that can help energize, balance, and heal the wearer.
Healing Properties of Green Aventurine
Green aventurine’s powerful link with the earth makes it a perfect gemstone for making talismans and defensive wards. When you use it, you will begin drawing the gentle energies of the planet, and your life and understanding of Creation will also subtly change to reflect the types of powers that you are now using. This is one of the best instances of stones for creating a positive energy grid in your house. Since green aventurine is a quartz type, it can be positioned as the core of an orgonite generator. It will transmute negative energies to positive ones, and this will have a direct impact on the quality of your life.
Green aventurine can help provide healing by improving your energetic profile and the larger sphere of energy that surrounds you. If you are troubled by nightmares and fitful sleep night, place the stone in your bedroom. If you have a lot of conflict and disharmony at work, it would be best to bring it with you to work, where its vibrational energies can help iron out kinks and manage your relationship with other people.
Green aventurine is an excellent remedy for various skin disorders as well, from rosacea to acne. To use green aventurine to remedy your skin problems, dip the gem in a pitcher of water for 24 hours. The infused water can be consumed the next day.
Green Aventurine Uses
Aventurine as a gemstone is often used to manufacture cabochons and beads. Cabochons can be set in various types of jewelry, while beads are used to create necklaces and similar designs.
Less frequently, manufacturers may use bigger blocks of aventurine to craft household items such as plates, vases, bowls, and small ornamentations such as sculptures.
Manufacturers choose aventurine to craft marketable items that look slightly like jade. Jade is one of the most expensive gems around while aventurine is a more affordable choice for regular buyers and collectors. People who like collecting jade-like gems will prefer the beautiful green color of aventurine. However, sellers should still state upfront that they are selling green aventurine and not jade no matter how similar the two appear.