Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed "aventurescence". It is named aventurine after the Italian ‘aventurine glass’ which was actually made by mistake in Venice in the 17th Century – aventurine derives from the word ‘avventura’ which means ‘by chance or fortune’. Aventurine glass is very similar to what we know today as goldstone.
This gemstone is predominantly found in areas of Brazil, Russia and India and is very easy to obtain. It can be found in a whole manner of different forms, from jewelry to ornaments. This is because it is easy to carve and polish, also why it is often referred to as Indian Jade.
You may have seen aventurine in many different colorways, with green probably being the most popular – you can find aventurine in red, blue, silver and peach in most crystal stores.
This stone is linked to the heart chakra and also ties with the zodiac signs of Virgo and Taurus. It is often referred to as a lucky stone and is known as the “gambler’s stone” since it can often bring about good fortune in games of chance or for competitions.