Today I’m inspired by another semi-precious stone to create this Aventurine Quartz nail art. It’s a jewel that I hadn’t heard of, but I love this picture of it, so read on to find out more!
Polishes and tools
Rainbow Connection Zap! Skin Protector and Angled Clean Up Brush
Clear Jelly Stamper The Big Bling
Painted Polish Stamped in Greenery
HJ Manicure Blue Lagoon
Chanel Vert Obscur
Picture Polish Mossy
ILNP My Private Rainbow (X)
That seems like a lot of polish but I only used a tiny bit of each colour!
I used a hybrid technique of dry-brush and stamping to create the banded inclusions you can see in Aventurine Quartz.
Starting with a base of Chanel Emeraude, I dry brushed across a stamper head in one direction until I just had a few streaks of colour left. Then just stamp the streaks on to your nail. Easy!
I built up my colours lightest to darkest, but finished with Picture Polish Mossy because it has little flakes that remind me of the inclusions in the quartz.
I’ve listed the five colours I stamped in order above, from Painted Polish Greenery to Picture Polish Mossy. Chanel Vert Obscur is dark but fairly sheer, so adds the depth and vitreous quality I want.
A glossy top coat is a must for this design. Most Aventurine Quartz is polished into cabochons so a coat of Seche Vite was needed!
What is Aventurine Quartz?
Aventurine is a variety of quartz that has lots of inclusions of Fuchsite, which is a mica. The green colour comes from the element Chromium. The glittering effect is called Aventuresence.
The name comes from Italy, ‘a ventura’ meaning by chance or lucky. It’s a symbol of good luck and fortune. Aventurine is mostly mined in India, but also comes from Russia and South Africa.
Aventurine Quartz nail art
I think the beauty of this design is in the macro photos. It’s quite subtle until it gets under the lights, and then the banding and sparkles are revealed.
This technique will work for any time you want to create organic streaks of colour, and there’s very little waste of polish.
What’s your favourite semi-precious stone? Let me know in the comments and you might see it here soon!