One of just two polymorphous crystal forms of calcium carbonate occurring naturally, aragonite is a carbonate mineral with an orthorhombic crystal system and acicular crystals. Pseudo-hexagonal forms are created due to repeated twinning. Aragonite is columnar or fibrous, sometimes in “flos-ferri” (branching stalactitic) form. It is colorless, white or gray in coloration, and blue, green, violet and red impurities often add additional color to it. It is translucent or transparent and exhibits a vitreous or resinous lustre. It has a brittle tenacity and distinct/good cleavage, and falls at around 2.5 to 4 on Moh’s Hardness Scale. Aragonite has been found in various types of environments such as limestone caves, geysers and hot springs, on the floor of the sea, and in iron deposits (to name a few). It has the ability to convert to calcite—the more common form of natural calcium carbonate—accompanying environmental changes. It is named after the village of Molina de Aragon in Spain, after the location at which it was first discovered. Since then, it has also been found in New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico and Morocco. A fun fact about aragonite is that it is a primary component of a variety of organic substances, such as coral or pearl. Sea creatures secrete minute layers of aragonite for their shells, giving them the pearly and iridescent colors that we are familiar with.
Metaphysically, aragonite is considered to be a grounding or stabilizing type of healing stone. Keeping it in your pocket could provide a continuous, welcome grounding influence on a day-to-day basis. It may have centering and calming effects, promoting focus, patience, peace and serenity, discipline and self-control, sensitivity and generosity. This makes it a great choice for students, parents, or anyone finding him or herself in a volatile situation or with a hot headed personality type. It is said to resonate with the lower chakras, and using it for meditation may increase the overall vibration of the body. Aragonite is also claimed to help wearers overcome obstacles of personal growth by encouraging the release of past issues and present attachments, encourage the conservation of our planet’s precious and limited resources, enhance our connection with the earth, and heal geopathic stress. This stone represents the astrological sign of the Capricorn.
Aragonite is associated with physical healing as well as the metaphysical. It is said to assist with all kinds of healing, as it may have the ability to raise vibrational energies of the entire body. Nerve damage and broken bones may possibly benefit from the presence of aragonite in their healing. Restlessness, spasms and twitching due to nerve and stress problems may be relieved in the vicinity of aragonite’s renowned grouding energies. People have claimed that aragonite can also ease insomnia if the suffer only places it under his/her pillow before lying down to sleep, and that it can facilitate and enhance calcium absorption within the skeletal structure and ease chills and pain.