aven·​tu·​rine | \ ə-ˈven-chə-ˌrēn How to pronounce aventurine (audio) , -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

Examples of aventurine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hermès The French label’s iconic Chaine d’Ancre motif is crafted in spinels and aventurine on the dial of the diamond-embellished Cape Cod watch; $10,550, hermes.com. 4. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "11 Watches For Men and Women for Spring, Including Bond's New Timepiece," 26 Mar. 2020 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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“Aventurine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aventurine. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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