Commonly mistaken for jade, aventurine is actually a member of the quartz family. It gets its glittery appearance from inclusions of fuchsite (green mica). Aventurine adopted its name from a similar looking Italian glass (a ventura) in the early 1700’s. With a Mohs hardness of 7, the beautiful green stone is well suited for carving and jewelry making. Metaphysically, aventurine is believed to bring love, joy, and prosperity. Aventurine is most commonly found in Brazil, India, Austria, and Russia.