Aventurine, also known as a love stone,[2][4][5][note 1] was usually discovered in large deposits—blocks up to 20 lb (9.1 kg) were not unusual.[1][2][5]


This semi-precious stone was a variety of quartz that glittered when viewed from certain angles due to mica inclusions. It could be found in shades of green from medium to light, blues from dark to pale, or a warm gold.[1][2][4][5] Faceting only detracted from the flash below the surface of this translucent stone, so it was tumbled smooth, cut cabochon, or used as an inlay or in carvings.[1][2][5] A typical stone had a base value of 50 gp.[1][2][3][4]


Crushed to a powder and sprinkled, thrown or blown, adventurine could dispel on contact most illusions and transformations, such as those used for disguise.[5]



  1. The original article in Dragon #72 states that the nickname "love stone" is unknown in the Realms, but every publication since then has given aventurine this nickname.

External LinksEdit

Aventurine article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood (April 1983). “Gems Galore”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #72 (TSR, Inc.), p. 17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 134. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 300. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.