One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Brownish glass containing sparkling particles of copper or gold.as modifier ‘aventurine glass’
- ‘The Stanford museum has three vases executed in the smelze technique whereby existing bits of colored glass, often including aventurine, were melted together.’
- ‘The highest price was reserved for the object realized in vetro a reticello or blown aventurine glass, both difficult to work.’
- ‘The bowl and foot of the elegant vase shown in Plate IX are formed of blown aventurine glass, which is exceedingly difficult to work.’
2A translucent mineral containing small reflective particles, especially quartz containing mica or iron compounds, or feldspar containing haematite.
- ‘For example, amethyst blends well with lavender, fire agate with sunflowers, citrine with chamomile, aventurine with mint, sunstone with marigolds or daisy, and so forth.’
- ‘He labelled the stone as a ‘specimen of aventurine, from a lake three miles to the north-east of Ben Hope, Sutherland, containing, besides the red mica, red zircons, and either colourless garnets or diamonds’.’
- ‘Using materials native to New Zealand and semiprecious stones like aventurine, rose quartz and freshwater pearls, each of her pieces are totally original.’
- ‘Plutonites, also magmatic, form in conditions of extreme heat and pressure far deeper within the Earth; colourful translucent crystals such as aventurine, peridot and rose quartz are the result.’
Early 18th century: from French, from Italian avventurino, from avventura ‘chance’ (because of its accidental discovery).
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