Despite being manmade, rather than a natural gemstone, blue aventurine glass is remarkably beautiful with its midnight blue colour and sparkle of a thousand stars.
This blue aventurine glass teardrop pendant measures 18mm x 13mm and hangs between 6mm blue aventurine glass rounds.
The necklace graduates to white shell with a subtle shimmer of mother-of-pearl, and smaller aventurine glass beads punctuated with small beads of solid copper.
The piece is finished with a gold filled trigger clasp.
Aventurine glass is known by several names, including goldstone, sandstone and monk's glass.
Goldstone may be it's most common name today, but as it is neither a stone, nor gold, I have reverted to the older, and I think more accurate name "aventurine glass".
The more common brown aventurine glass is made by allowing copper salts to dissolve in molten glass, then cooling the liquid very slowly, allowing octahedral copper crystals to grow. It is these crystals that give the sparkle and colour.
The sparkle became known as "aventurescence".
For blue aventurine glass, cobalt is used instead of copper.
The gemstone known as aventurine is named for its resemblance to this sparkly manmade glass.
This necklace measures approximately 18 inches (46cm).
Presented in a small organza bag.
The earliest known object made from a material that resembles aventurine glass was found in Iran and dates to the 12th century, although there are some who think it may have been used in Rome in the 1st century.
A Venetian glassmaker, however, would argue that the technique was developed in Murano in the 17th century.
Other tales say it was discovered by accident by an alchemist trying to turn copper into gold, or by an apprentice monk knocking copper shavings into a vat of molten glass...
.... pick your favourite tale and admire the ingenuity of man.
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