Lisa's Personal Experience with Aragonite
While living in Hungary, I would attend crystal shows and admire all the wonderful treasures- mostly imported. Hungary doesn't produce a vast array of gemstones, but it does produce a lot of Aragonite.
Hungarian Aragonite comes in interesting spiky raw forms and sticks that caught my eye. I like Aragonite because it is truly an Earthy stone.
My husband took a piece from my Aragonite collection. He sliced it in half and polished it with a makeshift polisher from our Budapest flat. The homemade pair has sold and is long gone, but my newfound appreciation for this humble stone lives on.
Metaphysical Properties of Aragonite
Aragonite is well known for its earthy energies. It is therefore a great healer for the Earth and your environment. It helps you be conscious of your place in this world and how you can preserve it for your own future and future generations.
Besides being a very grounding stone, Aragonite possesses the following metaphysical properties:
Aragonite gets to the root of your problems, clearing your mind to deal with the solution rather than get mired in the irrelevant details.
It is a patient stone, calming the nerves and letting you work through the problem at hand in a mellow fashion.
Aragonite is a stone of responsibility, helping keep you on the right track on your life's path.
Aragonite helps to ground you to physical reality through the Root Chakra.
How to use Aragonite Stones
Place Aragonite spheres or figurines at your workplace to stay grounded and motivated on your projects.
Place Aragonite stones at your Solar Plexus Chakra to stabilize the emotions.
Raw Aragonite Clusters can be placed on stands and make an earthy display in your home, office and garden.
Wear Aragonite jewelry for a boho chic statement.
Arrange Aragonite tumbled stones around you as you lie in a crystal healing grid to keep your body grounded to Earth while your soul goes wandering through its Astral travels.
Hold an Aragonite sphere or egg during meditation to hone in on your spiritual pursuits.
What is Aragonite?
Aragonite is a polymorph of Calcite. That means the two minerals have the exact same chemical composition, CaCO3, but they crystallize differently in different crystal shapes. This happens because of the different conditions during crystal formation. Aragonite forms in crystal needles and Calcite forms in crystal blocks.
Aragonite crystals are found in massive, compact, granular or radially fibrous textures. When found in massive textures, it may be deposited in horizontal layers which is referred to as Mexican Onyx. Mexican Onyx is in fact layered Aragonite or Calcite and you will find it in crystal figurines and carvings. You may also hear it called Onyx Marble, California Onyx or Italian Onyx.
Calcite is the more stable form. When heated to 752 degrees fahrenheit, Aragonite will turn to Calcite. Aragonite is a 3.5-4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it's a little harder than Calcite which is a 3, but both are pretty soft stones.
Where is Aragonite Found?
It was named for the place of its discovery in Aragon, Spain, but Aragonite can be found all over the world. Amazing Amazonite specimens come out of Morocco today.
Typical Aragonite deposits are found in hot springs, volcanic rocks and in caves. It crystallizes in low temperatures. It is found as stalactites and coral-like shapes in caves.
What Color is Aragonite?
Aragonite is usually white, but it can also be found in a variety of colors including yellow, brown, green, red, purple, gray or blue. Its colors will depend on other mineral inclusions during its crystallization process. For example, sand inclusions may cause Aragonite to look brown.
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Which Organisms Secrete Aragonite?
Many biological creatures contain Aragonite. Some Corals secrete Aragonite to build their skeletons. Bivalves use both Calcite and Aragonite to build their shells. Many mollusks use Aragonite for their inside shell and Calcite on the outside shell. Pearls are mostly composed of Aragonite. Mother of Pearl's lustrous inner shell is composed of layers of Aragonite.
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Aragonite Mineral Facts
Surface Color: White, Clear, Brown, Gray, Yellow, Red, Pink, Purple, orange, Blue, Green
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Group: Carbonates, Aragonite Group
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Prismatic, Indescernible
Fracture: Subconchoidal (smooth with irregularly rounded corners)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy), Dull
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Crystal System: Orthorhombic (3D shape with three unequal axes at a right angle)
Crystal Habit: Massive, Stalactitic, Tabular, Prismatic (two end faces are similar in the shape), Fibrous, Radiating, Botryoidal, Oolitic, Tuberose, Granular and more.
Aragonite's Magical Properties
Aragonite is associated with the Capricorn zodiac sign. In numerology, it vibrates with the number 9.
Aragonite is not commonly found in jewelry. If you can find it, its warm earth tones lend themselves to woodsy feel.
Aragonite was favored by Spanish monks for use in their rosaries.
Satin Crystals brings you this fun and energetic Aragonite ring, meant to be worn by the bold and beautiful:
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