Aragonite is a beautiful rusty orange crystalline stone. Aragonite may be better known among rock collectors than jewelry lovers. Yet, aragonite is a mineral of magnificence when it emerges from the rock hound’s collection box for featuring in custom made jewelry.
A knockout in jewelry designs, aragonite lends itself well to abstract wire wrapped jewelry settings in handcrafted necklaces. Why? Because the most stunning shape of aragonite occurs in a burst of protrusions unyielding to ordinary settings in mass produced, manufactured jewelry. This is the “sputnick” form of aragonite, since that’s what it looks like to some.
As the name implies, aragonite is named after Aragon, the province in Spain where it was first found. These days, one can find aragonite in Morocco or, closer to home, from Spanish and Moroccan vendors at Tucson’s world renowned Gem Show.
Aragonite is calcium carbonate, CaCO3, and exactly the same chemically as calcite. Calcite and aragonite are the two polymorphs of calcium carbonate.
Differences between aragonite and calcite occur in the crystal structure and the color. Calcite is white and crystalline. Aragonite is a warm orangey brown color, although specimens can appear as light as white.
The crystal structure of aragonite is orthorhombic, which is just the fancy term for a rectangular solid. These rectangular solids clump together to yield a rock ball with well-defined crystal protrusions all around.
Its metaphysical effects may have you wearing aragonite jewelry every day. Aragonite is the stone for balance. It helps to focus thoughts, thereby enabling and maintaining strict adherence to discipline. Dieters, here’s the stone for sticking to your minimal menus.
Aragonite is said to allow deep connections to the earth, acts as a barrier to drafts and chills, and brings warmth to extremities. Women with always cold hands and feet might find aragonite useful.
It has purported benefits for chronic fatigue and hair loss. This would appear to include any one whose stamina fades and hair thins with age. That means everyone!
Aragonite finds its way into wire wrap jewelry creations in both gold and silver. Its rich warm color shows well in gold wraps. Silver is surprisingly color compatible as well.
Whatever the wire medium, the wire wrap technique sets the aragonite stone securely. Sturdy crystal protrusions make for many surfaces providing friction to hold the stone in the wire wrap setting. Necklaces set with a center stone of aragonite finish elegantly with freshwater pearls in earthy colors. Wearers of such fantasy-filled creations will not go unnoticed.