Aragonite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It was named by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1797, after the small town of Molina de Aragón, in Guadalajara, Spain where it was first noted. Werner was one of the first scientists to recognize the chronological succession of sedimentary rocks, namely that newer rocks will be on top of older rocks. Werner suffered from poor health for most of his life and rarely traveled. However, he was an avid mineral and crystal collector and a famous geology lecturer, so unusual specimens were sometimes sent to him. In addition to Aragonite, Werner also described and named Zoisite.
Castle at Molina de Aragón
Fine Red Aragonite crystals are particularly prized by metaphysical collectors for their beautiful color and shape as well as their energy. These crystals are often called ‘Star Clusters’ or ‘Aragonite Flowers’ due to their unusual shape. In Russia, and other areas formerly associated with the Soviet Union, Red Aragonite crystals may be called ‘Sputnik Crystals’, after the first man-made satellite to successful orbit the earth. Sputnik orbited for almost 3 months in 1957, sparking the Cold War and the Space Race.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.