(pronounced: uh*RAG*oh*nite) Aragonite is a carbonate mineral and it’s one of the 3 most common naturally occurring crystal forms of calcium carbonate. Aragonite is chemically the same as calcite and it is what gives mother-of-pearl it’s luster. Calcite and aragonite are both carbonates but the difference between these 2 minerals is in their crystal structure and symmetries. Aragonite are formed in marine and freshwater environments including precipitation. Various colors of Aragonite have been discovered from shades of yellow, orange, to blue, geen, and even pink. Aragonite was named after Molina de Aragon, a province in Spain where it was first discovered in the late 1700s.
Due to its low hardness scale, Aragonite is not usually faceted for jewelry. However, Aragonite is considered essential for the replication of reef conditions. Aragonite provides the materials necessary for sea life and also keeps the pH of the water close to its natural level. Aragonite has also been successfully tested for the removal of pollutants like zinc, cobalt, and lead from contaminated wastewaters. Some water conditioning manufacturers convert calcite into aragonite to reduce limescale.
Aragonite is said to foster truth and understanding. A wonderful mineral for people that are experiencing difficulties in their personal relationships, bringing calmness and insight to a difficult time. Aragonite also promotes discipline and motivation in people, providing insight into stressful situations, especially in business.