Definition of aventurine in English:


Line breaks: aven¦tur|ine
Pronunciation: /əˈvɛntʃərɪn


[mass noun]
  • 1Brownish glass containing sparkling particles of copper or gold: [as modifier]: aventurine glass
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    • The bowl and foot of the elegant vase shown in Plate IX are formed of blown aventurine glass, which is exceedingly difficult to work.
    • The highest price was reserved for the object realized in vetro a reticello or blown aventurine glass, both difficult to work.
    • The Stanford museum has three vases executed in the smelze technique whereby existing bits of colored glass, often including aventurine, were melted together.
  • 2A translucent mineral containing small reflective particles, especially quartz containing mica or iron compounds, or feldspar containing haematite.
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    • Using materials native to New Zealand and semiprecious stones like aventurine, rose quartz and freshwater pearls, each of her pieces are totally original.
    • Plutonites, also magmatic, form in conditions of extreme heat and pressure far deeper within the Earth; colourful translucent crystals such as aventurine, peridot and rose quartz are the result.
    • For example, amethyst blends well with lavender, fire agate with sunflowers, citrine with chamomile, aventurine with mint, sunstone with marigolds or daisy, and so forth.


early 18th century: from French, from Italian avventurino, from avventura 'chance' (because of its accidental discovery).

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