aventurine

noun
aven·tu·rine | \ə-ˈven-chə-ˌrēn, -rən\

Definition of aventurine 

1 : glass containing opaque sparkling particles of foreign material (such as copper or chromic oxide)

2 : a translucent quartz spangled throughout with scales of mica or other mineral

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This frequently works out well for me, because most Americans are unfamiliar with jade and many jewelers cannot tell a strand of jade beads from one made from aventurine, which is similar but much less valuable. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Augusten Burroughs On His Unlikely Passion for Jade Jewelry," 15 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of aventurine

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aventurine

French, from aventure chance — more at adventure

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