Fact No. 121. (Published on 5/10/2005)


Aventurine is the name of a semi-precious form of translucent microcrystalline quartz. The distinguishing feature of aventurine is the metallic fleck inclusion.

Folklore has it that aventurine glass was invented by accident when a Murano glass artist spilled copper filings into the glass batch. The glass that resulted from that happy mistake was named aventurine -- a ventura is Italian for by chance.

Ironically, the natural stone aventurine is named for the glass that mimics the stone's appearance.

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