Published November 2014  •  Updated February 2024 •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Blue Aventurine is one of the rarest varieties of Aventurine, which comes in every shade of the rainbow.  It is famous for its natural sparkle, an optical affect known as aventurescence, which is caused by trace inclusions of Mica minerals.  Without its glitter, Aventurine would be a Blue Quartz.  Blue Aventurine tends to be less glittery than other colors, and so its energy is a little more serious and responsible.  It is a great stone to work with when we are are starting something new and want to give it our best shot.  Carry it with you when going to a job interview or whenever you need to communicate that you are a capable adult worthy of trust and respect.

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Blue Aventurine Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Blue Aventurine insists that we live in full integrity, where our walk matches our talk. It promotes taking responsibility for our life and the situations we create. It is also a stone of great courage and helps us to be willing to actually heal, rather than secretly wanting to stay stuck in our own story about being wounded. When we are in our integrity, Blue Aventurine will increase our natural psychic gifts and sensitivities. It encourages both the pursuit and the teaching of wisdom, making it an excellent stone for counselors and teachers of all sorts. Blue Aventurine empowers our communications, helping us to speak with precision and compassion.

Metaphysical Properties Blue Aventurine
Chakra Heart and Third Eye
Element Wind and Water
Numerology 3
Zodiac Aries

Emotional Healing Properties

Blue Aventurine is a wonderful stone to work with when it is finally time to “grow up.” It is particularly good for anyone who has “Peter Pan” tendencies or plays the role of the eternal victim. Blue Aventurine empowers us to step into our power and take personal responsibility for ourselves and our future. This energy is very calming and helps us stand tall and serene, and be less affected by outside influences. Blue Aventurine brings courage and strength and teaches us that growing up doesn’t mean we will lose ourselves, rather it means we will have more opportunities for adventure and joy.

Mental Healing Properties

Blue Aventurine provides us with the confidence we need to handle new situations, such as changing jobs, schools, or homes. It is particularly useful in helping us to deal with changes due to aging, especially the transition into full maturity. Blue Aventurine encourages us to see life as an adventure and ourselves as pioneers, and that being a mature adult in our full power is a very desirable state. It reminds us that we have the power to do great things, and stimulates both our creativity and our leadership skills.

Physical Healing Properties

Blue Aventurine is thought to be an excellent stone for healing and regulating the physical heart and circulatory system. It is said to be particularly useful as a first aid stone for infants and children.  It is most often used by metaphysical healers to help break substance abuse habits. Its calming effect on the mind also makes it a valuable sleep aid.

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Geology of Blue Aventurine

Where does Blue Aventurine come from?

Aventurine is mined in several locations, Blue Aventurine typically comes from Brazil or India.

Mining and Treatments

Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. It is a secondary stone, something that is mined in addition to whatever the main purpose of the mine might be.

All Aventurines are natural, enhanced only through cutting and polishing.  “Goldstone” has a similar sparkly appearance, but is a manmade glass.

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Mineral Family

Aventurine is a type of Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Agate). Aventurine is a macrocrystalline. It is most commonly thought of as a green stone, but it can be any color.

Blue Aventurine’s energy works well with its family – other microcrystalline Quartz.  Try it in combination with any color of AgateChalcedony, and Jasper.  It also blends perfectly with other types of Aventurine such as Green, OrangePink, Red, White, and Yellow.

Blue Aventurine Formation and Crystal Associates

Aventurine is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Trace particles of Iron, Nickel, Copper and/or Titanium can give Blue Aventurine its color, while a little mica gives it some sparkle.

Blue Aventurine’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Fuchsite, Muscovite, Ruby Fuchsite, and Uvarovite Garnet.

Mineralogy Blue Aventurine
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Blue
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Reddish
Luster Aventurescent, Viterous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.65-2.69
Streak White
Transparency Translucent, opaque

History of Blue Aventurine

Aventurine may be considered relatively “new” healing stones whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. Aventurine was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. The one thing we absolutely know about the history of Aventurine is how it got its name. It comes from the Italian a ventura, meaning “by chance.” The name actually refers to the 18th century discovery of Goldstone, a man-made sparkly glass, which is usually golden-orange but can also be a beautiful blue-purple. Goldstone is extremely sparkly. Natural Aventurine also sparkles, but rarely to the same degree as Goldstone.

One of the ways that geologists identify stones is by their luster, or how light reflects off a stone. For example, Quartz has a vitreous, or glass-like, luster, while Hematite has a metallic luster, and Jade has a waxy luster.  Every stone has a luster, but a few special stones have an additional optical effect.  For example, Tiger’s Eye has chatoyancy, which refers to luminous moving bands that seem to move up and down the surface of the stone when it is moved in the light.  Another example is Labradorite’s iridescence, known as the schiller effect.  Labradorite initially appears to be a dull greenish-grey stone, but when it’s moved in the light, brilliant vivid colors appear.  Aventurescent is another optical affect, it is the official geological term for stones that glitter.  Only two natural gemstones have this quality, Aventurine and Sunstone.

Aventurine comes in a wide variety of colors, blue is one of the rarest and they typically show less sparkle than other shades of Aventurine.  It can be translucent or opaque, depending on the thickness of the stone and how many trace minerals are inside.  Red, pink, yellow, and orange Aventurines get their coloring from a combination of Iron and Lithium.  Green Aventurine gets its coloring from chromite, while blue can be created by iron nickel or titanium.  The aventurescence is from trace mica minerals, which is why Aventurine is sometimes described as having Fuchsite (green mica), Lepidolite (purple mica), or Muscovite (colorless and any color mica).

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