Strawberry Quartz is a trade name for Red Aventurine, though Aventurine is also a variety of Quartz. The name Aventurine comes from the Italian “A Ventura” meaning “by chance”, when copper was accidentally dropped into molten glass in the 18th century. Now that man-made glass is called Goldstone, and the name Aventurine was given to the quartz, which is found all over the world. Aventurine is a silicon dioxide with hexagonal structure, characterized by platey mineral inclusions of mica. The mica inclusions give it a shimmering, metallic glitter optical reflectance that is known as aventurescence. Most aventurine is green to blue, due to chrome bearing fuschite inclusions, but also comes in orange/pink/red/brown/yellow/grey due to hematite, lepidolite, lepidocrocite, goethite, biotite or other mica mineral inclusions. Be wary of extremely bright colored specimens as they may have been dyed. Aventurine is translucent to nearly opaque, sometimes striated and always with aventurescence (the geological way of saying glittery) The price will depend on the amount of aventurescence in the stone, as a true abundance is rare.

Associated with the root chakra, the zodiac signs of Sagittarius & Aries, vibrates to the number 9.

– Soothes quick tempers, aids in domestic relationships.
– Aids clumsiness, reduces accidents.
– Assists with written work and computer skills
– Calms hyperactivity in children.
– Protects against radiation from cell phones, radio waves, sunlight and the effects of chemotherapy.
– Physically aids in healing eczema, rosacea, acne & psoriasis.

Chemical Formula: SiO₂ inclusions
Shape: terminated crystals, clusters, masses
Crystal System: trigonal with hexagonal unit cell structure.
Color: colorless, red, dark pink.
Streak: colorless
Luster: vitreous
Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent, opaque
Hardness: 7 Mohs
Tenacity: brittle
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal
Specific Gravity: 2.6-2.7 g/cm³
Refractive Index:1.544-1.553