Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opaque or semitranslucent brown glass flecked with small metallic particles, often of copper or chromic oxide.
  • n. Any of several varieties of quartz or feldspar flecked with particles of mica, hematite, or other materials. Also called sunstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of glass, containing gold-colored spangles. It was produced in the first place by the accidental (par aventure) dropping of some brass filings into a pot of melted glass.
  • n. A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of glass, containing gold-colored spangles. It was produced in the first place by the accidental (par aventure) dropping of some brass filings into a pot of melted glass.
  • n. A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals

Etymologies

French, from aventure, accident (so called because of its accidental discovery or the randomness of inclusions in it); see adventure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • She sprinkled lavender and mint on his stomach, then followed the lines of the star with a piece of aventurine, mumbling of Mercury, the Roman messenger of the gods and god of travelers, and invoking the element of earth.

    Arcane Circle

  • This top seashell has both cased aventurine as well as "Psyche" which mostly turned purple for me. woohoo!

    Silver Glass Class 4

  • Towards the end, I use my gold aventurine hand pulled stringer.

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  • There are quite a few options, silver, gold or palladium leaf or foil, dichro, fine silver wire, aventurine copper flakes or perhaps you're ready to try Cubic Zirconium which are also known as CZs.

    Adding "Bling" To Your Beads

  • This one has a small branch made of aventurine with multi shades of green leaves.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • This week, our Artisan Beaders' Street Team has a lovely pair of green aventurine wavy ovals, faceted jasper briolettes and sterling findings made into earrings to give away.

    Artisan Beadmakers Have Another Great Item To Win

  • These earrings feature green aventurine wavy ovals, fancy faceted jasper briolettes, and sterling silver findings, and they measure 2.75 inches long.....

    Handmade Earrings from The Jewelry Box (Ends 11/07)

  • Prize; Prize Value: An artisan lampwork pendant necklace, a pair of bluestone, rose quartz & aventurine earrings value $75

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  • The pendant drop of this necklace uses a beautiful mix of gemstones, from ocean jasper, nephrite jade and green aventurine; to Czech fire polish beads, Swarovski crystals and Bali sterling silver.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Swing a aventurine murano glass chandelier over the top and start layering the clashing black and white patterns.

    The Trunk

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