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.
Red Aventurine is a type of quartz that contains hematite and/or goethite inclusions that give it its red color. Mica inclusions give it a sparkly appearance especially in sunlight. Its hardness is 6.5.
Is Red Aventurine The Same As Strawberry Quartz?
While the names Red Aventurine and Strawberry Quartz are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. True strawberry quartz is very rare. Its hardness is 7.0.
Strawberry quartz has only recently been found in Russian, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. Strawberry Quartz contains inclusions of iron oxide that are red which gives the quartz a pink to red color. The inclusions in Strawberry Quartz are not as saturated giving many pieces a speckled appearance much like the seeds on a strawberry.
You may also see Red Aventurine called Strawberry Aventurine.
Aventurine is very common and can be found in Europe, India, Chile, Tanzania, Brazil, China, Nepal, Tibet and Russia.
Due to its inclusions, the stone is considered a soft stone which forms a conchoidal fracture when pressure is applied.
Aventurine is a very positive stone of prosperity. Wearing aventurine interrupts electromagnetic smog and protects against environmental pollutions.
The vibration of this crystal defuses negative vibrations of negative situations and turns them around.
Aventurine is said to reinforce leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance.
It is said to enhance creativity and stimulates perception.
It helps to increase one's desire to take on and overcome the challenges of life and to persevere in difficult situations.
Individuals recovering from illness can use it to enhance their own vibrations increasing vitality as well as their confidence.
This stone is perfect for artists, writers, and others who rely on their creative capacities.
Red aventurine is very different from blue or green aventurine and should be treated as a different material. It can help you to stay focused on the task at hand and to pursue one's goals with determination.