What Is Aragonite & What Is it Used For?

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If you own or admire pearl jewelry, you may wonder what makes its coating so unique. That is due to a mineral that is called aragonite, which is known for many of its uses, such as in jewelry. Others believe that aragonite has healing powers.

Characteristics of the Mineral

  • Aragonite is a kind of calcite, which is mostly found in sedimentary rock. Calcite turns into limestone. Aragonite has a similar chemistry to calcite, but it has a different structure, symmetry and different crystal shapes. Aragonite comes in the colors blue, brown, blue, gold, green, gray and white. It is mined mainly in Spain, Bolivia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Britain and the United States. Some forms are very brittle and fragile. Aragonite easily breaks when touched. The mineral often contains sand, which contributes to some of the minerals being brown.

Pearls

  • While pearls are often considered as a gemstone, they are not. They are minerals because they partly come from aragonite. More specifically, aragonite is the main component of pearls and also coral. The way the stones get their color comes from the process that begins from when they are in oysters. The surface of pearls is made of aragonite.

Mood Changing

  • Some believe that the minerals alter moods to help relieve negative emotions such as anxiety and stress. The minerals can also help you feel more grounded and centered. This is because of a vibration thought to be inside the mineral. While those who believe in these properties remain steadfast in their belief that aragonite can do these things, it has not been medically proven.

Healing

  • Aragonite is also thought to help heal the body. It is thought that it can help with the symptoms of Raynaud's Disease. The disease, often considered a nuisance, makes the sufferer feel numbness in some areas of their bodies, such as their fingers, toes, tip of your nose and your ears when in contact with cold temperatures or even stress.

    Muscle spasms and chills are also thought to be soothed by the mineral. It is not ingested, but it is laid on the body. Again, whether or not aragonite can help in anyway has not been medically proven.

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