Aragonite

Aragonite

 
 

Aragonite is a calcium carbonate mineral, which may contain traces of strontium, lead or zinc. A polymorph of calcite, it is found in a variety of environments. It occurs in low temperature hydrothermal veins or as deposits at Hot Springs and precipitates or evaporates from chemicals in sedimentary rocks. It is also found in the shells and skeletons of fossilized sea creatures. The colors are white, yellow or reddish brown, and sometimes pink or blue. The name "Aragonite" comes from the Molina de Aragon in Spain, where it was first found in 1788.

Aragonite occurs worldwide, but the best specimens are the reddish-brown pseudohexagonal crystals from Spain and Morocco, and the delicate white "Flos Ferri" or "flowers of iron" which are found in the Magdelena district of Socorro, New Mexico. The only Aragonite of gem quality for facetted stones was found in Horenec, in the Czech republic. Stalactitic masses occur in Arizona and Mexico. The "cave pearls" of Luray,Va. and other American caves are also Aragonite. Mexican onyx is actually Aragonite. The main deposits are near Tecali in the state of Pueblo. The attractive variegated color bands are caused by traces of iron and manganese oxides in the stone.It is carved across these bands to produce a veined effect. It was used by the native peoples for masks, statuary and other objects. In the 15th century, Bernadino de Sahagun wrote of "iztec chalchihuitl", a fine green and white translucent stone used for carving. In 1876, the stone was introduced to Europe, where it became very popular and sold for exorbitant prices. Near Pueblo, the natives still carve everything from crucifixes to stone fruit or paperweights from it. Pakistan onyx and alabaster are also Aragonite. The lovely lustrous nacre of pearls and the soft glowing mother of pearl are Aragonite formed by sea creatures from calcium in the water.

Metaphysical:
Aragonite's six-sided crystal forms are good meditation stones. They symbolize the hexagram and the Star of David or Solomon's Seal. The crystal clusters show us how the individual relates to the whole universe. They radiate outward from the center as a seed, or individual soul, that grows and manifests itself through life's experiences. They remind us of our center, as new energies enter us or appear around us as life events. They represent our own spiritual and physical growth, from the "seed" of self and how it interacts with the world and life. A talisman to represent this center or "flower" of self, and how we grow in knowledge and strength through myriad life experiences. A good stone for family and companionship, it is also a calming stone which eases inner restlessness and nerves. It is a stabilizer and grounding stone, and aids emotional balance. A centering stone, it directs energy and self-discipline and helps one to persevere and move past old limitations and experience more of what life has to offer. It is also useful as a gem elixir.

Chakras: Root and Spleen.

 
 
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