Blue Aventurine Skull Carving
Blue Aventurine skull carving
Dimensions 2” inches
Weighs about 80g
Carved crystals are individual works of art and will also bear the marks of their lapidary artisans, please appreciate the unique details of items made by hand.
Aventurine is a member of the Quartz family, a silicon dioxide mineral with a hardness of 7. Its structure is hexagonal (trigonal) and is crypto-crystalline. Its name is derived from the Italian a ventura, a type of glass discovered around the year 1700. The name was chosen because of the likeness of the glass with its randomly spaced iridescent sparkles to these stones with their similar markings. Aventurine is found primarily in three colors—green, blue and red-brown. The color of Green Aventurine comes from microscopic Fuchsite particles within the Quartz, and the color of Red Aventurine comes from inclusions of Hematite. Blue Aventurine is colored by inclusions of copper silicates. Major deposits of Aventurine are found in Brazil, India and Russia. [The Book of Stones pg. 56]
Researchers have written dozens of books and hundreds of articles about crystal skulls, few have attempted to explain the origin and purpose of these sculptures. For some, the crystal skulls are 19th-century “hoaxes”; for others, they are extraterrestrial artefacts, while yet others believe they are remnants of a lost civilisation.
Perhaps the most likely explanation is that they are part and parcel of the ancient cultures, particularly the Mayan, that existed in the area of Central America where they were found. Could it be that these skulls were one of the most important relics in the sacred temple complexes? Crystal skulls speak to the imagination, but are some of these skulls and their stories too good to be true?