Our aventurine pendulums are mined in Brazil and carved with 12 sides. They range from 1" to 1.5" and have a 6" chain with a clear bead on the end. The photo is of one example product, and the pendulum you receive may vary in size and color.
This item is shipped directly from our store in Newmarket, Ontario.
Aventurine is a quartz with inclusions of mineral platelets which give it a glittery effect. The most common color is green, but it also comes in blue, brown, gray, orange, and yellow. Its name comes from the Italian "a ventura," meaning "by chance." This is a reference to the accidental discovery of aventurine glass in the 1700s.
According to The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer, the Lotuko, Bari, and Lokoya of South Sudan have used aventurine, quartz, and amethyst as rain stones in rain-bringing rituals.
It is not known when or where pendulum divination first developed. In the modern era, pendulums like this one are typically used by assigning an answer to a particular direction of swing or a type of movement, then asking it a question and awaiting it to take on the answering movement. Most typically this is done with a yes/no question, with "yes" being a lengthways movement, and "no" being a crossways movement, but some versions allow for multiple directions, while others may use circular movements. Some people prefer to use a pendulum mat, in which lines are drawn from the same connection point, and each assigned a possible meaning.
Pendulums are also used to measure time and to focus the mind in meditation.