Definition of aventurine in English:



mass noun
  • 1Brownish glass containing sparkling particles of copper or gold.

    as modifier ‘aventurine glass’
    • ‘The bowl and foot of the elegant vase shown in Plate IX are formed of blown aventurine glass, which is exceedingly difficult to work.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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).