Green Aventurine Use & Properties
A pinch of luck can go a long way, and green aventurine has a long history in superstition of being a lucky stone. We can almost certainly attribute this to its cool green color, which people just generally believe is a lucky color. Why? Probably something to do with the cultural beliefs, especially regarding prosperity, health, and four leaf clovers.
There are a few myths regarding aventurine, and we have to tackle them. First, some people believe that aventurine is a man-made stone, which is false. Aventurine is a natural variety of quartz that features aventurescence from its inclusions of hematite, fuchsite, or mica.
The confusion tends to arise because of aventurine glass, which is a man-made stone that we commonly call goldstone. The reason why goldstone is called aventurine glass is because it comes from Italian "a ventura," which means "by chance." Goldstone is believed to have been made by accident (which helps attribute to the luck myth). This name was then applied to aventurine due to the similar appearance, but then goldstone became the more popular name for aventurine glass. So, while goldstone was first, the names got kind of shifted around. In other words, aventurine glass became goldstone, and the name got applied to this newly discovered mineral.
That aside, there is another myth related to aventurine. Some believe that aventurine is only a green stone, and other colors are treatments or are man-made. This is false. While green is the most common, other colors are also natural, such as blue and yellow. This does not, however, mean that aventurine can't be treated or isn't treated at gem sales. Gemstone treatment is extremely common in general, so it's likely that it has been treated at one point or another. Dyed aventurine is also common, but that doesn't mean all aventurine is dyed.
Aventurine is a stone without much practical use, but it is pretty, so you're likely going to see it in gemstone or lapidary works. Aventurine has a hardness of 6.5–7, where the lower end is attributed to frequent inclusions. This makes the stone a decent choice for jewelry, which is evident by just how often you're going to see beads, pendants, or pendulums featuring this stone. Not to mention the hearts, stars, and egg carvings that we also see all the time. The sheer quantity and inexpensive value of this stone has made it immensely popular among collectors of all types.
Ultimately, green aventurine forms in shades of green ranging from light to deep sage green, sometimes exhibiting streaks of coloration. Like many stones, Green aventurine may feature internal fractures or inclusions of other minerals.
Metaphysical Properties of Green Aventurine
Crystal healing and metaphysical communities claim that stones possess therapeutic or spiritual properties, but it is important to note that these claims have no scientific basis. These claims are also not endorsed by healthcare professionals. It is not recommended to rely on crystals as a substitute for professional care or treatment. There is no scientific evidence supporting the idea that specific crystals have any benefits beyond the placebo effect. While meditation can have some benefits, it should not be viewed as a replacement for scientifically validated conventional medical practices.
It is advisable to consult medical professionals for any health concerns, and the use of crystals or meditation should not be seen as a substitute for seeking professional medical or health advice, treatment, or expertise. In the absence of scientific evidence, it is essential to prioritize evidence-based medical practices. Regardless, crystal healers believe that green aventurine has metaphysical properties, such as:
"Green Aventurine is a stone of opportunity and good luck. When you wear Green Aventurine, it attracts positive luck to your life from all avenues. The more you work with green aventurine, the greater you find yourself connected to positive power and hope. The stone assists in overcoming blockages and darker areas of your life, giving you the opportunity to triumph. Green Aventurine is a stone of encouraging happiness and will help your mind find productive thoughts to be occupied with. The stone will bring you balance, a sense of humor, and open your mind to learning and wisdom. You will discover your qualities for creativity and problem-solving and draw in abundance from the world around you!"
The Wrap Up
Green aventurine is a stone that has become a staple in the crystal community. Unfortunately, some misunderstandings have come from the stone from its name. However, if you like green and earthy shades, then green aventurine is a crystal worth considering!