Besides India, green aventurine is also mined in Brazil, Austria, Russia, Tanzania, Africa, China and North America. While Spain, Chile, Australia and Russia has red aventurine as do Brazil and South Africa. Aventurine can be confused with jade, therefore the amazing quality of green aventurine from China is highly valued and has been called "Indian Jade." Other normal look-a-likes include amazonite and feldspar; and rare occurrences of transparent, bright green aventurine has been mislabeled as emerald or chrysoprase.
Pictured: Judy Copeland created this aventurine pendant by wire wrapping an aventurine cabochon and embellishing with pearls and a green aventurine cabochon wire wrapped by Janet Cozzens, our featured Wire Artist for March, in sterling silver, and antiqued.