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Aventurine is a translucent quartz with sparkling reflections. The shimmering or glistening effect is termed, aventurescence. It occurs in green, blue, red, orange, and yellow colors. The most common color of aventurine is green, the classic inclusion comes from the chrome-bearing fuchsite (a variety of muscovite mica), and gives the silvery sheen. Oranges and browns are attributed to hematite or goethite inclusions.. The hardness is around 6.5.
The majority of green and blue-green aventurine originates in India. The orange material is usually found in Chile, Spain and Russia. Most material is carved into beads and figurines. It is found in tumbled stone offerings quite often. It is also frequently fashioned into cabochons and set into jewelry as our picture displays.
Green Aventurine Butterfly Necklace
with a hand cut and polished cabochon by Beverly Jenkins