Color(s): gold, blue, green
Mineral Information: silica
Chemical Make-up: SiO2
Where they are found: Created “stone”
About Stone: Another common name for the material is aventurine glass, based on the original Italian name avventurina (from avventura, “adventure” or “chance”). It is also sometimes called “stellaria,” “sang-e setareh” or “sang-e khorshid” (sang means ‘stone’, ‘khorshid’ means ‘sun’ and setareh means ‘star’ in Persian) for its starry internal reflections, or “monk’s gold” or “monkstone” from folkloric associations with an unnamed monastic order.
The material is sometimes called sandstone when used in watch dials, despite its lack of resemblance to the porous, matte texture of the natural stone. Silica, copper oxides are melted together, then additional metal oxides are added to chemically reduce the copper irons to the elemental copper.
Zodiac Association: Sagittarius
Metaphysical Properties: Believed to store the energy of those who touch it, making it an excellent gift for loved ones who are far away. Contains the properties of copper – uplifting, helpful for stomach tension and protection for the center of the body. A good conductor of energies from the higher realms to our world.