Aventurine is the Star Sign for Libra and the Planetary stone of Taurus. Also associated with the Astrological Sign Aries. The name comes from the Italian "a ventura," which means "by chance".
Aventurine is a translucent to opaque variety of microcrystalline quartz. It contains small inclusions of shiny minerals which give the stone a sparkling effect known as aventurescence. Inclusions of mica will give a silverish sheen, while inclusions of hematite give a reddish or grayish sparkle. Color varieties are green, peach, brown, blue and a creamy green. Besides its uses in jewelry, aventurine is also used for ornamental purposes like vases, bowls, and figurines. It is found in India, Chile, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Austria, and Tanzania. Sometimes mistaken for Jade.
All-purpose healer. Reduces stress, develops confidence / imagination and improves prosperity. In legend, Aventurine was used to improve nearsightedness and to increase the wearer's creativity. Calms a troubled spirit and brings about inner peace. Embodies creativity, leadership and balance of male-female energies. Has been used as a lucky talisman, and is a popular stone for gamblers.
Mohs-Scale Hardness: 6.5 - 7