Aragonite is named after The Aragon River in Spain, where it was first discovered in 1788. A carbonated metamorphous gemstone, Aragonite is naturally found in stalactites or around natural hot springs. This form of aragonite is often called floss ferri (“iron flowers”), due to its thin, entwined branch-like crystal formations. Another source of aragonite can be found in the mother-of-pearl lining of mollusk shells. It is secreted by the mantle tissue of mollusks--specifically in pearl oysters--and makes up the layers of nacre that the oyster uses to create the pearl itself. The multiple thin layers of aragonite give the abalone shell its pearl-like luster.
Aragonite is said to foster truth, understanding and an unclouded perception of reality. Believed to be a stone of nurturing, it uplifts your feelings from stressful oppression into freedom and clarity through its ability to enhance tolerance, trust and insight by providing understanding into the root of problems.
Aragonite also promotes reliability and discipline, providing insight into difficult issues, especially in business. At work, aragonite helps clear the mind, stimulates motivation and provides mental energy required to meet professional challenges. For all these edifying qualities, aragonite was also favored by Spanish monks for use in their rosaries.
Aragonite brings warmth to the extremities. It combats deficiencies in Vitamins A and D and can help to prevent night twitches, muscle spasms and general aches and pains.