Published May 2014 •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Green Aventurine is the most popular type of Aventurine.  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 Chrome Chalcedony.  Green Aventurine has a wonderful heart chakra energy.  It feels playful, hopeful, and lucky.  It encourages us to make new friends and to enjoy the ones we already have.  Green Aventurine is a fantastic choice whenever we are starting something new and want to give it our best shot.  Add it to a new home, take it to a new job or school, or keep it in your pocket on any new adventure.

Green Aventurine

Green Aventurine Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Green Aventurine is a stone of freedom and good fortune. It is a brave companion that joins us in our quest to be free of anything that limits our joy and growth. It encourages us to live in full integrity where our “walk” matches our “talk.” Green Aventurine helps us to become fully present and alive in the NOW. It asks us to trust ourselves to handle the future as it comes and to let go of any regrets about the past that we can’t change in the present. When used in meditation, Green Aventurine’s present-focused energy can helps us to find and maintain the peacefully state of “no mind.” Green Aventurine is a lucky stone which attracts financial prosperity, good friends and happy encounters. Its friendly energy likewise attracts nature spirits, both in the wild and in gardens.

Metaphysical Properties Green Aventurine
Chakra Heart and Solar Plexus
Element Earth and Water
Numerology 3
Zodiac Aries

Emotional Healing Properties

Green Aventurine urges us to live from a heart-centered place and to be confident about the future. It is a stone of action yet also of patience, it helps us to channel our passions in constructive ways and to acknowledge incremental progress. It can help us calmly deal with difficult emotional situations and to make choices that will best serve ourselves and others. Green Aventurine combats depression, anxiety, and other negative emotions, replacing them with self-confidence and hope. There is a delightful lightness to Green Aventurine’s energy, helping us see the humor in any situation and to look on the bright side of life. It attracts true friends, comrades who can join us on life’s great journey.

Mental Healing Properties

Green Aventurine provides us with the confidence we need to handle new situations, such as changing jobs, schools, or homes. It reminds us that we are fully capable of, and can be successful at, anything we put our minds to. It is particularly useful when dealing with changes due to aging, whether from child to adolescence and maturity, or becoming an elder. Green Aventurine helps us to see how each phase of life is beautiful and full of positive meanings. It encourages us to see life as an adventure and ourselves as pioneers. Green Aventurine also amplifies our leadership abilities and our ability to act decisively.

Physical Healing Properties

Green Aventurine is recommended for infants, children, the elderly and anyone who is more physically fragile. If we have suffered from a minor injury, Green Aventurine gives us loving comfort, much like a kiss after a boo-boo. If we are faced with a major injury or illness, Green Aventurine gives us vast reserves of courage to face the challenge head-on. It is an excellent talisman to work with during rehab or when we are recovering our physical strength and vitality. Green Aventurine is also a powerful talisman for the physical heart.

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Green Aventurine Mineralogy

Where does Green Aventurine come from?

Aventurine is mined in several locations, Green Aventurine typically comes from Brazil or India.  It is occasionally found in Canada too.

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.

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

Green 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 Fuchsite (chromium mica) within the silica acid gives Green Aventurine its color and sparkle.

Green 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 Green Aventurine
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Green
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 Green 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 or blue-purple. Goldstone has a distinctive sparkle. Natural Aventurine also sparkles, although less uniformly.

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.  Both of these minerals are silica minerals, Aventurine is a Quartz, while Sunstone is a Feldspar.  Aventurine can be translucent or opaque, depending on the thickness of the stone and how many trace minerals are inside.  A light Green Aventurine has only a little chrome-bearing Fuchsite inside.  A dark green Aventurine has a lot.

According to one modern lapidary, ancient Tibetan statues were often decorated with Aventurine, particularly for the eyes. Supposedly, this was to symbolically increase the statue’s visionary powers.  Aventurine is not found in Tibet, but it is found in nearby India.  Tibetan statues are made of bronze, and are often painted, gilded, and/or decorated with precious and semi-precious gems.  While artists were allowed certain artistic liberties, the body of the Buddha was expected to follow liturgically prescribed colors.  The Amitabha Buddha, who grants longevity and clear perception, was painted with red skin, reddish clothing or decorated with red gems.  Bhaisajyaguru Buddha, or “Medicine Buddha,” who brings healing, is depicted in blue.  All Buddhas have blue or brown eyes.  If Green Aventurine was used for a statue’s eyes, it would have been highly unusual.

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