Aragonite is 4.6-billion-year-old carbonate mineral and is known as a ‘cousin’ of Calcite. It can occur in various crystal forms — it can be in the form of small prismatic crystals, stalactites, masses, or in spherical aggregates.
This carbonated mineral naturally occurs around hot springs. It can also be found in the lining of mollusk shells, particularly that of pearl oysters’. Layers of Aragonite are also found in abalone shells, coral skeletons, and cave stalactites.
Aragonite crystals can be found in countries like Mexico, Italy, Pakistan, the UK, and the United States.
With a Mohs hardness level of 3.5 to 4, Aragonite is very fragile and can get easily scratched with a knife.
It can display a range of colours. Its most common variety, the Aragonite Sputnik from Morocco, commonly has a golden brown to an amber shade. It can also appear colourless. Other varieties of its crystal occur in white, yellow, green, red, violet, and blue colours. Aragonite has a vitreous and resinous luster.
Aragonite is also known for its fossilizing properties. In ancient times, Aragonite preserved marine organisms like shells, snails, and fossils. The mineral crystallizes into a more stable form of Calcite to preserve the beauty of hard materials for years.
Aragonite is associated with greater wisdom. It is said to promote truth, understanding, and a clearer perception of reality. As a nurturing crystal, it helps lighten heavy emotions stemming from oppression. It helps its user be more tolerant and be able to demonstrate fresh insight when resolving issues (especially familial and work-related issues).