When life changes, it can be terrifying, even if those changes are good and welcome. When you need peace, grounding, serenity, and a bit of luck, you need the power of the beautiful Aventurine stone.
A type of Quartz, Aventurine literally sparkles in the light. It’s hard not to be drawn in by the translucent beauty and magical glint of light this crystal holds. If you find yourself enchanted by Aventurine, adding it to your collection is a must.
Here’s everything you need to know about the origins of this stone, its healing benefits, how to use it, and how to care for it.
Origins of Aventurine
Aventurine is most abundant in a beautiful variety of glittering green. However, it is also found in red, blue, yellow, orange, brown, pink, white, and gray varieties. Mined mostly in India (which is the world’s largest supplier of Aventurine), there are also mines in Brazil, Russia, Spain, Austria, and Tanzania.
Some Aventurine is mined in the United States (in Vermont), but the operations are small, and the cost to mine the mineral is very high. As such, most of the Aventurine stones on the market are imported.
Physical Properties of Aventurine
Aventurine is a type of Quartz naturally occurring. It has a Mohs hardness of 6.5-7, similar to other Quartz varieties. This hardness makes it a very dense and durable stone. Mica is the mineral inside of Aventurine that gives it its remarkable glittering property.
Aventurine is stunning and refracts light in such a beautiful way that the effect is called aventurescence. Ironically, stones with exceptionally high amounts of Mica inclusion have a higher amount of aventurescence, which can be beautiful, but these inclusions also make the stone slightly less stable.
The more Mica flowing inside the stone, the more ability it has to fracture. Mica also affects the cleavage of the Aventurine crystal, weakening it and making it more likely to break into uneven pieces, almost like shattering.
Most Aventurine is used for cabochons, or stones that are tumbled and polished. These stones may then be used for setting in jewelry or for simply adorning a desk or table. Many people who love the look of Jade jewelry or Amazonite but find it out of price range opt for the beautiful green Aventurine crystal.
It’s important to note that sometimes, Clear Quartz can be dyed and sold as Aventurine. You’ll be able to tell the difference between dyed Quartz and true Aventurine by the aventurescence of the stone. If your stone has no sparkle or no glint of light-refracting particles inside of it, you probably have a piece of dyed Quartz or even dyed glass.
Aventurine is not a rare stone, so it is usually affordable. There’s no need to settle for an artificial Aventurine.
History of Use of Aventurine
Aventurine wasn’t originally a named, natural stone. Instead, it was the result of the chance accident of an Italian glassworker.
In the 18th century, an Italian glassworker accidentally dropped a large number of small copper filings into a pot of molten glass. When the glass cooled, the glints of copper that had settled inside gave it a crystalized, shimmering appearance. The worker named the glass Aventurine after the Italian phrase “a ventura,” which means “by chance.”
Once the naturally occurring mineral was discovered, it became named Aventurine. The striking similarity to the copper-filled molten glass made it a natural for adopting the namesake.
Throughout history, people have used Aventurine for many purposes. Ancient Tibetan tribes believed that it could heal nearsightedness and also believed it helped give them deeper spiritual vision and psychic abilities. They often placed Aventurine stones over their eyes during meditative states to achieve higher consciousness and contact with the spirit realm.
Ethiopian tribesmen carved tools from Aventurine stone. Because of the hardness of the stone and its ability to pierce and cut other minerals, many tools have been found made from Aventurine. It is thought that some of these tools are the first manmade tools to ever have been crafted.
In China, ancient followers of Buddhism claimed Aventurine could harness the visionary powers of Buddha and used it in their spiritual ceremonies to help encourage vision, mercy, compassion, and stillness. It was thought that this stone would bring good fortune, and many places of business owned by practitioners of Buddhism still adorn their shops with Aventurine stones and charms.
If you are familiar with medicine wheel rituals, you’re probably familiar with Aventurine. Used by Native Americans and sometimes referred to as the sacred hoop, those who suffer would sit around the medicine wheel and hold an Aventurine stone to their hearts for healing and restoration. The Native Americans believed the Aventurine would allow their spirit guides and the spirits of their ancestors to send light and healing to their bodies through the use of the wheel and stone.
Today, Aventurine is still used for healing but is also thought to be a talisman of good luck. You’ll find small Aventurine stones in the pockets of professional poker players and famed athletes alike.
Metaphysical Properties of Aventurine
The metaphysical properties of this peaceful stone are strong, although you would never expect it due to its steady vibration and unassuming energy.
Often referred to as a good luck stone, Aventurine has a way of promoting your best interests and manifesting your success without the need for force or intervention. With Aventurine, opportunity comes to you without the need for you to go looking for it.
Particularly useful for those who feel down on their luck or like their plans are always dashed, Aventurine helps turn the tides within your mind so that you view your life and situations with more optimism and can see the good in every situation.
Aventurine is also referred to as the stone of opportunity. It has been known to open doors, aid with travel and adventure, and manifest wealth and prosperity. More importantly, this stone helps fill the heart and mind with satisfaction, fulfillment of one's deeper purpose, and the knowledge of the heart’s truest and most pressing desires.
This stone helps bring calm to the storm, inspires creativity, and helps keep you balanced. A wiz at eliminating negative emotions and energy, Aventurine’s serene nature has a natural calming effect on practically anyone and anything.
Aventurine means opportunity and good fortune. It brings luck and adventure to all who earnestly seek it. It also means healing of the heart, both physically and spiritually. When we are heartsick, Aventurine goes to work to mend and bind, bringing together pieces of our souls that have been fractured through unrealized expectations or shattered dreams.
Aventurine also means serenity and peace. When you feel surrounded by calamity or uncertainty, Aventurine is the eye of the storm, keeping you centered and balanced no matter your circumstances.
Many users also feel Aventurine has a meaning specifically for the creative soul, as it can help spark ideas, help you think of new, creative pathways, and get rid of writer’s block.
Aventurine and Your Chakras
Aventurine has a strong, steady vibration and consistent energy that stimulates the fourth Chakra, or Heart Chakra. Aventurine is thought to be the heart healer. When you feel that a relationship or situation has taken its toll on your heart and you cannot bear any further pain, Aventurine can help you move past the hurt and become whole once more.
Aventurine opens and aligns the Heart Chakra so you can feel love more deeply, heal more efficiently, and feel love more thoroughly. If you feel you lack compassion and empathy, green Aventurine can soften your heart and spirit, awakening you to the feelings and needs of others and making you more useful in their lives.
The Aventurine stone can also stimulate the Solar Plexus, the seat of our personal will and our power over our own actions. The strong, steady vibration of Aventurine can help align your will and give you power over habits that no longer serve you. If you struggle with addictive behavior or self-harm, Aventurine can realign your solar plexus with a healing light to help deliver you from the grips of these behaviors.
Your solar plexus also controls your motivation, energy, and stamina. Not many of us would turn our backs on a solution for more energy and a renewed vitality, and Aventurine can supply it. By stimulating the solar plexus and realigning it, our energy becomes more balanced and steady.
Instead of energy that peaks and wanes, we may experience energy that is fresh, steady, and efficient. The stimulation of your solar plexus can also bring you strength and help you feel more confident in physical activity, another reason why many athletes rely on Aventurine as their preferred talisman.
Aventurine Healing Properties
Aventurine’s healing properties are as subtle and gentle as the stone itself, yet so quantifiable and measurable you’ll notice the changes and relief you feel from it. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when you add Aventurine to your collection.
Physical Healing Properties of Aventurine
Stress can be difficult on the physical body, not just the emotional body. Too much stress can cause:
- Heartburn and digestive issues
- Hair loss
- Memory and cognitive issues
- Weight issues like weight gain or weight loss
- Hormonal imbalance
- Fatigue, lethargy, exhaustion
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk for heart attack and stroke
Stress is bad for the body, so it’s important we use stress management techniques to regulate our stress levels and make sure we stay healthy. Using Aventurine is a great way to alleviate stress and nervous energy.
Aventurine helps calm the heart, which can be especially useful for those who experience heart palpitations when overwhelmed and anxious. Aventurine naturally settles the soul. Some say it has a sedating effect and use it in their bedrooms to inspire relaxation before they sleep.
Aventurine also helps manage physical maladies that happen to the body as a result of imbalanced Heart and Solar Plexus Chakras.
When the Heart Chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience:
- Lower immunity
- Poor circulation
- Heart palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Tightness or pressure in the chest
- Breathing and respiratory issues
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience:
- Digestive issues, like heartburn or chronic acid reflux
- Nerve pain
- Arthritic pain
- Issues with the arms and hands
- Stomach ache
- Abdominal pain and cramping
Using Aventurine can help balance and open these Chakras giving relief for these symptoms.
Aventurine can even help aid the body in regenerating tissue, so it is often given to post-operative patients to help with their recovery.
Having fertility issues, slip Aventurine around your wrist, or keep it by your bedside. The vibrations of Aventurine can cleanse reproductive organs of negative energy and help them function properly.
Emotional and Mental Healing Properties of Aventurine
Because Aventurine is the ultimate stress healer, you’ll get instant relief from your anxious feelings upon using it. Whether you add it to your meditations or simply wear it on your body, Aventurine helps keep you peaceful and tranquil.
Aventurine helps spawn joy when you feel like you have none. When life feels overwhelming, and you are caught in a repetitive cycle of restlessness, irritability, and discontentment, Aventurine can help you resurface with a renewed passion for life and a deep joy.
Aventurine connects you to the spiritual light of the universe and makes you a vessel worthy of carrying happiness, love, and hope.
Feel like a bit of an emotional basket case? Don’t worry; Aventurine can help you control your emotions by stimulating your Solar Plexus Chakra, the location of our emotions. Aventurine gently smooths over anger, resentment, hate, and discord to bring happiness, forgiveness, love, and harmony to your life and spirit.
When you have come from a painful relationship and feel you are in the grips of grief, turn to Aventurine as a lighthouse in the storm. Those who suffer from trauma, stifling situations, and even abuse can find healing, hope, and restoration in this precious crystal.
At some point, when you are ready to move on and love again, Aventurine can be your guide, helping ensure you have good fortune in your new endeavors and that you leave behind your baggage in the past. You will enter your new relationships with strength, happiness, and hope.
If you feel you are stuck in the past and unable to move forward, Aventurine can help guide you away from the pain of your past and make amends with it, giving you the freedom to move forward in love and harmony. Aventurine works well to help you get over an ex, especially when it seems you can never give or receive love again.
Spiritual Healing Properties of Aventurine
Aventurine is a valuable conduit of spiritual light! If you find it difficult to reach your spiritual guides, Aventurine can help you connect. Whether you have difficulty concentrating during meditation or feel as though there is no being in the spiritual realm waiting for you, Aventurine can act as the spiritual highway to connect you.
Everyone has access to the universal energy and spiritual light that flows between us, but some seem more adept at contacting their spirit guides than others. You can become proficient at receiving messages from your spirit guides, connecting with them deeply, and receiving universal light by having Aventurine present during your meditations and ceremonies.
Aventurine helps you accept your human nature and human condition but allows you to expand your mind and appreciate the potential of your spiritual body to grow and change. Don’t worry; Aventurine won’t allow you to sail away into the clouds or have a mind that is never focused on anything but spiritual things. Aventurine can keep you calm and grounded, too.
How To Use Aventurine
Receiving the benefits of Aventurine can help you live a more peaceful life that is more highly attuned to spiritual light and even a bit more prosperous. Here’s how to incorporate Aventurine into your practices.
Aventurine in Meditations and Ceremonies
It goes without saying that you’ll want to use Aventurine when you meditate, practice yoga, or engage in a spiritual ceremony. Keep it near your mat or pillow, and you’ll experience a deeper state of meditation and the ability to concentrate and focus more while you practice.
Looking to increase your psychic connections or explore more past lives? Aventurine can help you stay grounded and safe while also helping you reach higher states of consciousness and awareness. You may find you are more mindful when you practice or that you are rooted in a deeper love for yourself and the universe.
Aventurine in the Home and Office
Because Aventurine is a pathway to peace, it’s a brilliant device for eliminating and absorbing electromagnetic smog that can radiate from devices and computers. Working in an office can cloud your aura and your spirit with this smog and weigh you down. Many people feel tired, mentally distracted, and sometimes even physically ill when exposed to electromagnetic smog.
Place an Aventurine crystal near your computer, your cubicle, your office, or near large groupings of machines like copiers and fax machines. The Aventurine will pull the smog from the atmosphere before it has the chance to cloud your aura.
You can also use Aventurine as a way to keep peace in your home. Placing stones in the rooms of your children can help them develop a better understanding of empathy, love, compassion, and peace. If your children struggle with attention deficit issues, Aventurine can help them stay focused. Hint: it works for adults, too!
Combining beautiful green Aventurine with natural plants can help encourage phytotherapy and even encourage plants to grow. You may find that a grouping of plants and stones helps you focus more on your work or feel more at peace when you are near it.
Aventurine for Healers
Healers know well the benefits of Aventurine. Like Clear Quartz, it is wonderful for absorbing negative energy, so many healers keep Aventurine stones in their rooms to ensure they do not inadvertently gather negative energy from their clients.
Reiki professionals will use Aventurine placed on the Heart and Solar Plexus Chakras to help balance and protect it. It’s also a powerful stone to keep nearby during psychic journeys or while making contact in the spiritual realm. It offers protection and guidance and helps you avoid dragging negative energy from the spirit realm back to your aura.
One of the best ways to use Aventurine is by wearing it as jewelry. Aventurine is beautiful in appearance, so it’s a natural favorite when set in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even rings. Keeping it on your wrist can help it protect you from the negative energy of others when you meet them and shake hands.
Keeping Aventurine jewelry on your body on particularly stressful days can help you deal with anxious emotions and keep you balanced and emotionally stable. If you have a big decision or business venture that needs your attention, Aventurine can ensure you approach it rightly, without the disturbance of overpowering emotions.
Cleansing and Recharging Aventurine
Your Aventurine needs regular cleansing, especially if it’s used regularly or in a highly trafficked location. Your Aventurine absorbs negative energy from both you and the people around you. Once it has absorbed a certain amount of negative energy, you’ll need to cleanse and recharge it.
Not sure when you need to cleanse your crystal? You’ll know when you start to see signs that it isn’t working like it used to. When you feel stressed, heartsick, like you’re carrying extra baggage, or that your business and personal ventures aren’t working out in your favor, it’s probably time to give your crystal a cleanse.
Because Aventurine is a relatively hard crystal, you can cleanse it using practically any technique. Here are some easy and effective ways to cleanse your Aventurine.
Water is the preferred method of cleansing for many crystals, and Aventurine responds very well to water cleansing.
If you have access to flowing water from a river, lake, or stream, holding your Aventurine stone in the flow of running water for a few moments while holding a cleansing intention in your mind can help cleanse the stone and dispel built up emotional and electromagnetic smog it has collected. If flowing water isn’t readily available, you can hold your Aventurine under the flowing water of your faucet and achieve the same result.
Sound cleansing is an easy way to cleanse multiple Aventurine stones at once. Using a tuning fork, chant, music, or another instrument, you can gather your Aventurine stones together and allow sound waves to wash over them.
The vibrations of the sound properly align the vibration of your Aventurine, recharging and restoring it. This type of cleansing is best performed as a cleansing ceremony. It’s important to remember to hold a cleansing intention in your mind or recite it aloud while cleansing.
Quartz Cleaning and Charging
Quartz is the ultimate healing and cleansing stone. Because it is so absorbent of negative energies, Clear Quartz is the perfect stone to use to cleanse other crystals. If you have a large piece of Quartz, you can place small Aventurine pieces inside of it to properly cleanse and recharge them.
Larger pieces of Aventurine can simply be placed adjacent to Clear Quartz or amid a grouping of them. Leave your stones with the Clear Quartz overnight for thorough cleansing.
Selenite is a purifying crystal that is perfect for cleansing other crystals. Much in the same way you would use Clear Quartz, you can use selenite to cleanse your Aventurine.
Selenite also has the power to recharge your crystals, so you can also use it after a different method of cleansing to recharge and restore vitality and power to your gems.
If you want the full guide on how to perform a Selenite cleanse, you can find it here.
One of the easiest ways to recharge your stones is by exposing them to lunar energy. While you may feel that solar energy would supercharge your stones, it isn’t safe to expose them to direct sunlight. Most crystals are subject to fading in pure sunlight.
Thankfully, crystals love lunar energy. Placing your stones outside in direct moonlight can help restore and recharge them to their original, powerful state. If you have the option to sit your stones directly on the earth when the moon is brightest, they will cleanse and recharge simultaneously, sending negative energy deep into the earth and filling themselves with lunar light.
Many people like to use salt to cleanse their stones. While some stones aren’t capable of salt cleansing because they are too soft, Aventurine can easily be cleansed with it free of harm. To cleanse with salt, you can use one of two methods:
Direct salt cleansing. For direct salt cleansing, you will need a shallow bowl and coarse kosher salt. You’ll want either kosher salt or pink Himalayan sea salt as the granules are larger than regular table salt. Regular table salt can be too abrasive, even for Aventurine.
Using a shallow bowl, place your Aventurine crystal in the bowl and pour the salt on top of the crystal until it is covered completely. Speak a cleansing intention over your crystal and cover it with a towel. Let your crystal rest overnight and remove it in the morning.
Indirect salt cleansing. If you’d rather not risk having your Aventurine stone scratched by salt, you can use an indirect salt cleansing method to clean your stone. You will need two bowls, one that is smaller than the other. Place the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl. Fill the larger bowl with salt so that it comes close to the rim of the smaller bowl.
Place your Aventurine crystal in the smaller bowl and recite your cleansing intention. Cover both bowls with a towel and leave them overnight to cleanse.
Cleansing Tips and Tricks
Regular cleansing of your stone should be done every two to three weeks. If your stone is in heavy rotation, cleanse it more frequently. It’s virtually impossible to over-cleanse your crystals; if they are already free from smog and negativity, an additional cleanse will only recharge them.
If you’re cleansing jewelry, check with your jewelry manufacturer to make sure the other materials on your jewelry can tolerate the type of cleansing you’d like to use. Some precious metals shouldn’t be exposed to water.
The Luck and Fortune of Aventurine
You’re ready to use Aventurine to inspire your good luck, fortune, and encourage peace and serenity wherever you go. While you use Aventurine, remember that it has some of the same properties as Clear Quartz, so it makes a wonderful accompaniment stone to others.
You can keep Aventurine close to you on a daily basis. Just remember to keep it regularly cleansed and charged.
Avoid stress, feel better, and enjoy the calming effect Aventurine brings to your life.