Take responsibility for your own life and future.
Be worthy of real respect, from yourself and others.
Communicate clearly and from a place of strength.
Increase psychic gifts and spiritual sensitivities.
Let Blue Aventurine guide you into full maturity!
Mineralogy of Blue Aventurine
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Hexagonal/triagonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Blue Aventurine deposits are primarily found in Brazil and India. Additional deposits are found in Austria, Chile, Russia, Spain, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Mineral Family: Blue Aventurine is a type of Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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 one of these macrocrystalline Quartzes. It is most commonly green, but may also be orange, pink, red, white or yellow.
Formation: 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 and Fuchsite (chromium mica) within the silica acid give Blue Aventurine its color and sparkle.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. They are typically found as companion stones in commercial mines for various colored Quartzes, Calcite, and other gemstones.
Enhancements: All Aventurines on the market are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Blue Aventurine
All colors of 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.
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; whether this is a historically accurate statement or not is less clear.
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 (like glass) luster, while Hematite has a Metallic luster, and Jade has a Waxy luster. A few stones have very special lusters, like Tigers Eye’s chatoyancy luster with is luminous moving bands and Labradorite’s iridescent luster (schiller effect) with its bright flashing colors.
On other special luster is “aventurescent” – the official term for stones that sparkle and glitter. Only two natural gemstones have this quality. Aventurine and Sunstone.
Healing Properities of Blue Aventurine
Spiritual: 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. Blue Aventurine is attuned to the Heart and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Aries. It is connected to the elements of Wind and Water and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: 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: 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: 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Blue Aventurine
The Miners sell to a Gemstone Exporter
The Exporter Sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are in the same country. The Importer is in a different country.
At least two middle-men are involved.
This Blue Aventurine was most likely mined in Karnataka, India.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Blue Aventurine was tumbled in China.
Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.
The Aventurine was imported by a US mineral wholesaler that pays its employees fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The tumbled Celestite and specialty Obsidian particularly caught my eye, since no other source carries them. The owners are a married couple, he takes care of their larger stones, while she is the self-proclaimed, “Tumbled Stone Queen.” The Queen knows her stock inside and out and we’ve spoken in person and by phone about the geology and origins of various minerals.
The amount of middlemen involved gives me pause. I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about the mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.
Blue Aventurine Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark blue, may have white streaks. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Blue Aventurine
Blue Aventurine contains Aluminum and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Blue Aventurine water” for drinking or bathing. Having too much Aluminum in the body is toxic, and drinking direct-infusion elixirs of Aluminum-derived stones is dangerous. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Blue Aventurine are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Blue Aventurine can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Blue Aventurine can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Blue Aventurine can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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