Cantonese Blue Aragonite
Cantonese blue aragonite is a calming stone known for its alluring sky blue hues with marbling of shimmering white throughout. Its unique crystal structure and soft color makes this blue beauty a remarkable gemstone to own.
Aragonite is metamorphic gemstone that can be found in stalactite cave formations, hot springs, mollusk shells and volcanic rock cavities. It is a polymorph of calcite, meaning it shares the same chemical makeup, but has a different physical structure. If heated to 400 degrees Celsius, aragonite will convert to calcite.
Aragonite forms the basis of many other organic gems like pearl, coral and mother-of-pearl. Fossilized aragonite specimens have been a key factor in the preservation of shell fossils. Aragonite re-crystallizes creating a harder, more stable material that better preserves the shell's beauty.
Aragonite varieties can be opaque, translucent or transparent. And this gem comes in a variety of colors including white or colorless, violet, yellow, brown, and blue. Cantonese blue aragonite is an opaque stone found in a gorgeous pale aqua or sky blue. This gem has a vitreous luster and strong pleochroism, meaning that is appears different colors when viewed from different angles.
- Aragonite has been traditionally used in children's jewelry to help them learn patience and punctuality, instill them with responsibility, and to stave off the bad habit of procrastination.
- Aragonite boosts self-confidence, empowerment and feelings of self-worth as you learn to place trust in yourself.
- For adults, aragonite is a grounding stone thought to help resolve childhood issues and heal the inner child. This serene blue stress reliever can help you achieve a sense of calm and let go of anger. It helps balance and center physical energy during stressful times.
- This stone is said to foster truth, understanding and an unclouded perception of reality.
- Crystal healers reach for aragonite to support the skeletal and immune systems and to ward off muscle spasms, chills and sleeping problem.
The name aragonite comes from the Spanish province of Aragon where the stone was originally discovered in 1788 along the banks of the Aragon River. This gemstone has since been found in other places and, we source our remarkable blue aragonite from a Cantonese-speaking region in southern China.
- Ranks 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale.
- Color is a light marble of pale/sky blue, off white and deep aqua.
- Sourced from southern China.
- Member of the Aragonite family.
- Associated with the zodiac signs of Pisces and Capricorn.
- Pronounced UH-RAG-OH-NYT