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What on Earth Is Red Aventurine?

What on Earth Is Red Aventurine?

No other stone allures and at the same time inspires people to succeed like Red Aventurine. It captivates both the senses and the heart, filling its user with renewed energy and enthusiasm to reach for their goals and highest aspirations.

This glimmering stone isn't only known for its metaphysical benefits; it also finds a range of decorative uses in jewelry, craft making, and landscaping.

Dig deeper into the history, lore, and properties of this stone.

The Physical Properties of Red Aventurine

Aventurine is the name given to the translucent (sometimes nearly opaque) species of Quartz. It has flake-shaped inclusions that produce in it a shimmering appearance, an effect called aventurescence. This effect is more pronounced when Aventurine is tumbled and polished.

Ranging from light to a deep red, the colour of Red Aventurine is caused by the hematite and goethite present in the stone. In terms of hardness, Aventurine is rated 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. This means the stone is easily scratched by a knife blade.

Due to its inclusions, the stone is considered a soft stone which forms a conchoidal fracture when pressure is applied.

The History of Red Aventurine

Aventurine was first discovered in the 1700s. The name Aventurine is derived from the Italian word avventura meaning ˜by chance,' an allusion to its chance discovery.

History has it that by accident, a Venetian glass maker dropped metal filings into a vat containing melting glass. After cooling, it produced a glass that glistened all throughout.

Later on, the natural stone was called ˜Aventurine' due to its semblance to that shimmering glass. Red Aventurine can be found anywhere in the world, but the most popular sources are found in India, Russia, Brazil, Nepal, and Italy.

Many centuries ago, Tibetans used Aventurine to adorn statues. They put the stone in their eyes, believing that the glimmer of Aventurine could boost a statue's visionary powers.

In the 19th century, Aventurine was called the ˜Stone of the Amazons' as they were believed to be the jewels that Amazon warrior queens used. It was also used to make bowls, vases, and small sculptures.

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The Lore of Red Aventurine

In Native American cultures, Aventurine has been used in rituals involving the medicine wheel.

The stone helps the spirit guides to see the healing pathway to the heart. During the ritual, participants hold the stone to their heart. Doing this reportedly elicits a feeling of love to fall upon the participants.

Aventurine has also been used to attract wealth, abundance, and luck. It is said that carrying Red Aventurine in a red pouch with a dash of ginger or cinnamon will bring in money, while using dried rose petals or dried rosemary will boost fertility.

Some also believe that holding a small Red Aventurine stone, reciting one's needs, and throwing the stone away as far as possible will bring in luck. The person who finds the stone will be lucky, too.

Aventurine is the zodiac stone for people born under the sign Virgo.

The Metaphysical Properties of Red Aventurine

Red Aventurine is a great energy booster. It helps replenish and renew energy. During challenging times, the stone can increase one's courage and confidence.

It also addresses lethargy, decreased enthusiasm, and a period of inactivity. Red Aventurine is also believed to dispel negative energies and balance the mind, body, and spirit.

The stone is also known to balance and align masculine and feminine energies. It can even align the mental, physical, and emotional states.

Red Aventurine is known to be a motivator stone which helps its user fix their eyes on their goals.

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Your On-Line Guide to The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties, Legendary Uses and Meaning of Red Aventurine. (n.d.). Crystal Vaults. Accessed on May 31, 2021, from https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/aventurine-red/

Houston, D. (n.d.). Red Aventurine: Meanings, Properties and Powers. Crystals & Jewelry.com. Accessed on May 31, 2021, from https://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/red-aventurine/

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The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (n.d.). Goethite. Britannica. Accessed on May 31, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/science/goethite