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 The reverse of the gentleman’s watch features an aventurine dial that depicts his sky chart, while his wife’s has a bouquet of flowers painted on its mother-of-pearl dial. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 June 2021 Anna Maccieri Rossi's smooth half circle of aventurine is hand painted and framed by 18K yellow gold and set with a tiny 18K white gold diamond star. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Owner Andi Xoch and candle brand Easton Wicks are offering handmade 4.5-ounce soy wax candles in macramé hangers with aventurine stones in three scents: Cactus Jade, Rosemary Sage and Eucalyptus Mint. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 This greenhouse, made of plique-à-jour enamel with gold geometric motifs sits atop a lotus leaf made of rose quartz and aventurine. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2021 The latest is with artist Gianpaolo Pagni, who designed the horse on the Arceau Cheval Cosmique, which is transposed in relief onto an aventurine or mother-or-pearl dial revealing carved undulating patterns. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 28 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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 16 Sep. 2021.

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