Aventurine - a Poor Man's Jade? Not So...
Aventurine and Jade can look very similar, and can easily be mistaken – even to the trained eye – without proper equipment. To add to the confusion, Aventurine is often called Indian Jade (although it isn’t related). 😕
So what to do? Do you get the same properties from both stones? Does it matter if you wear one instead of the other? Do they complement one another?
Both stones have a long history of use throughout the ages. And both have traditionally been used for carvings, vases, and bowls, as well as jewelry.
Physically, the stones have a very different composition…
Aventurine is a type of quartz, and has small inclusions that give a shiny effect. Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. Aventurine is found in different colors, such as blue, red, purple, and peach, and may be translucent or opaque. Aventurine is a stone that is not usually treated with heat or dyes.
Jade is the name of two minerals: Nephrite and Jadeite. It is rarer, and more expensive than Aventurine and was revered in Chinese palaces for centuries. It is still important in China, where it is given as gifts at every important event in life – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and so on.
Jade is also found in different colors, such as black, blue, orange red, white, among others. But, as with many stones, jade is often dyed.
Green is the prevalent color for both Aventurine and Jade, and both stones are aligned with the heart chakra for general well-being and emotional calm. They both have a soothing energy that encourages inner harmony.
Where Aventurine is thought to soothe temper, reduce negativity and balance the flow of chi, Jade is a stone of calm during a storm, whose balancing and soothing energy is steady and strong. It blocks negative energy from affecting the person wearing or carrying jade.
Jade helps release negative thoughts and irritability and soothes the mind, where Aventurine’s soothing energy balances the emotions and calms nervous anger and irritation. Aventurine is a reaffirming stone during times of change or upheaval and Jade helps relinquish self-imposed limitations helping to build those thoughts into reality. Jade provides confidence and self-assuredness.
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Aventurine is thought of as a “Stone of Opportunity” and is considered the luckiest of crystals – especially where prosperity and wealth are concerned. You may also hear it called the “Gambler’s Stone,” as it is thought to attract success in gambling. Aventurine is thought to align conditions so that opportunity is inevitable!
But Jade, also, is a stone of abundance and prosperity. Keep a small piece of jade inside a box or bowl where you empty your pockets or purse at the end of the day: mingling jade with coins attracts more abundance.
Jade is also called a “Dream Stone” to help solve dreams and access the spiritual world. It helps release negative thoughts.
Aventurine has a strong connection to the earth, and is a great stone for using as a grid around a house. It can absorb electromagnetic smog and guard against environmental pollution.
Jade is a crystal of love, and is supportive of new love, where Aventurine may also be used as a love crystal for those of a “more mature age” who are looking for love later in life.
Aventurine is supportive of the heart, and is ideal for anyone with cardiac or circulatory issues. It is thought to increase the power of homeopathic remedies. Jade is particularly helpful to bones and joints, and is a powerful cleansing stone.
So maybe they really are complementary!