Published February 2021  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
White Aventurine is rarely found in healing crystal stores, but is actually fairly common, geologists usually call it Quartzite! The name Aventurine is also scientifically accurate, Aventurine is a chalcedony that has a natural sparkle because of trace inclusions of mica minerals, and that perfectly describes Quartzite too.  Without the sparkle, this stone becomes a Snow Quartz.  White Aventurine has a sweet and courageous energy.  It invites us to show our true self to the world and to trust that we will find people who love us for who we are.  It is empowering and compassionate, but has a little sparkle of humor that keeps the energy laughing.

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White Aventurine Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

White Aventurine shows us how to see ourselves and all of humanity as we truly are – mistakes, warts and all – and love anyway. It brings clarity to mystical visions and strengthens our resolve to pursue a spiritual path. White Aventurine encourages big thoughts, big dreams and big action. It has an exceptionally positive vibration which makes it easier to step into our personal power and make our dreams come true. White Aventurine encourages us to be the best version of ourselves, staying young at heart while growing wise in judgement. White Aventurine is highly recommended for empaths who need energetic protection and balance. It helps us from being overwhelmed by other people’s energies and also gives us clarity to discern between our own energy and other people’s. White Aventurine encourages us to be compassionate and understanding of others, while also having sensible boundaries and taking good care of ourselves.

Metaphysical Properties White Aventurine
Chakra Heart and Crown
Element Earth and Fire
Numerology 3 and 8
Zodiac Aries and Aquarius

Emotional Healing Properties

White Aventurine has a wise and joyful energy that helps us to patiently navigate the ups and downs of life. When things are going well, it helps us to truly relax and enjoy it. When things aren’t going well or when we notice a negative quality in ourselves, White Aventurine helps us to own it and swiftly make the right changes. It encourages productive self-reflection, compassion and growth. White Aventurine reduces the urge to throw a tantrum or behave childishly when faced with problems. In particular, it reduces the knee-jerk response to blame others and reject any responsibility for negative situations. White Aventurine help us to break old emotional habits that no longer serve us and replace them with healthier habits that support a happy life. White Aventurine diminishes the power of emotional triggers, particularly if someone is deliberately pressing our buttons in order to get a rise out of us. White Aventurine is a phenomenal stone to keep nearby when dealing with siblings, during a break-up or at anytime when we may feel more emotionally vulnerable. When we need help loving someone who is acting in an unlovable way, White Aventurine gives us patience and encourages us to have a sense of humor.

Mental Healing Properties

White Aventurine encourages leadership and decisiveness. It has a pioneering energy that encourages us to seek new horizons and challenge the status quo. It asks us to trust our instincts when we have experience and knowledge about a situation. It invites us to be more curious and openminded when faced with something new. White Aventurine encourages problem-solving rather than problem-blaming. It helps us to see the big picture, while also identifying the most important details that require special attention. White Aventurine reduces information-overload and helps us be patient during learning curves. It is especially useful when exploring the links between diverse or contrary disciplines, such as science and art or politics and faith. White Aventurine encourages tolerance and intelligence.

Physical Healing Properties

White Aventurine is recommended for reducing psychological stress and encouraging relaxation techniques. It helps us to settle into a useful mindset during meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other spiritual or therapeutic practices. It helps us to pay attention to our breath and to relax our muscles and move with deliberation. When our brain is distracted or we feel hyperactive, White Aventurine helps us to be patient and understanding with ourselves and to not take ourselves too seriously. White Aventurine invites us to simply shift back into the present moment without stressing over the past or the future. If our sleep is troubled, whether by insomnia, excessive sleeping or bad dreams, White Aventurine has a soothing presence. It helps us to take sensible action to help our mind know when it’s time to relax and when to wake back up. If problems persist long-term, White Aventurine helps us to be patient and committed to problem-solving.

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Where does White Aventurine come from?

Aventurine is mined in several locations.  Most of the White Aventurine sold in the healing crystal market comes from Canada and the United States

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.  In the case of White Aventurine, the primary focus is Granite.

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.

White 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 Blue, Green, OrangePink, Red, and Yellow.

White 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 Mica give it its sparkle.

White Aventurine’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Eudialyte, Golden Labradorite, Labradorite, Muscovite, Red Jasper and Thulite.

Mineralogy White Aventurine
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color White
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 White 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.  Red, pink, yellow, and orange Aventurines get their coloring from a combination of Iron and Lithium.  Green Aventurine gets its coloring from chromite.  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).  White Aventurine has mica for sparkle, but no other additional trace minerals, which is why its white.

Identifying stones can be tricky.  Quartz is a macrocrystalline transparent colorless quartz, Snow Quartz is a microcrystalline white quartz, and White Aventurine is a microcrysalline white quartz that displays aventuresence.  The term White Aventurine is typically only used in the healing crystal industry.  Scientifically and commercially, its more likely to be called Quartzite.

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