Obtained as a result of biological and physical processes, Aragonite is a carbonate mineral, one of two common forms of calcium carbonate crystals. It is named after the town Aragon, since it was discovered nearby, in Molina de Aragon, in 1788. Later, an Aragonite cave has been revealed in Slovakia, and in the Carlsbad Caverns, in the USA. Properties of Aragonite branch into two categories according to its physical and its healing properties.
Compared to calcite, Aragonite crystals have a pseudo-hexagonal form due to the phenomenon of twinning. It most naturally occurs in mollusk shells and as calcareous endoskeleton of corals.
Though similar to Calcite in terms of chemical composition, Aragonite crystal's atomic structure radically differs. Secretion rich in calcium produced by oysters, mollusks, and other bivalve fish, is a prominent source of Aragonite. This secretion is an instrument in protection as it hardens around any foreign objects thus preventing the entering into their exoskeletons. The smooth iridescent substance which is obtained when the Aragonite hardens and crystallizes is known as Ammolite and it represents a gemstone.
Healing Properties of Aragonite as a gemstone is associated with the Zodiac sings of Capricorn, sometimes Aquarius, and it represents patience, self confidence, and reliability. Its hues can be very different like white, brown, blue, yellow, red, orange, pink, and green each of them ruling a different Chakra.
Further classification of Aragonite healing properties is into physical, metaphysical, and crystal healing properties. Its physical healing properties comprise different hues effecting different Chakras, as mentioned above: whites and blues for upper chakras (fifth, sixth, and seventh chakras), browns and reds for the first chakra, yellows and oranges for the second and third chakras, and greens and pinks for the heart chakra. Alternative healers use Aragonite to heal bone and teeth problems, for solving digestive problems, alleviating chills caused by fever or hypothermia, or to restore the body to its healthiest condition. In the ancient Egypt it was believed that Aragonite prevents hair loss, bad skin and wrinkles.
Spritual and mental disturbances, as well as chaotic energies, are remedied by metaphysical healing properties of Aragonite. It corrects distraction as it brings focus and increases concentration power. It soothes environmental irritation, the same way it soothes physical irritation to oysters, and thus helps in decision making.
Aragonite crystal properties calm energies which block out mental and spiritual irritants and disturbances bringing smooth meditation and spiritual healing, by filtering out chaos and distractions. This is also considered a good way to conduct past life meditations.