Sunday, June 17, 2018

Aragonite crystal displayed at the Urals Stone Center

A half-meter high mineral of aragonite in the shape of a dragon found in a cave in South Kazakhstan is the main attraction of a unique exhibition that recently opened in the Urals Stone Center.

Aragonite is considered to be a family protector and has long been known for its medicinal qualities. Aragonites look like small bushes or corals. The calcium carbonate crystal forms can vary widely in color. The large mineral find has caused geologists to propose declaring 2012 the year of the aragonite dragon, the Voice of Russia reports.

"The symbol of our exhibition is a dragon-shaped aragonite which weighs about 15 kilograms," Alexey Chikayev, an aragonite expert from the Urals Stone Center, said, according to the Voice of Russia. "The stone has the shape of a dragon with a head and wings. It is 45 centimeters long, 20 centimeters wide and 20 centimeters high."

The center's display includes 30 pieces of aragonite from South Kazakhstan, all of which are pure white in color. The Ural Mountains also include an aragonite deposit, but those are mostly brown in color.

Aragonite is a source of calcium salts that are well assimilated by the human body. The therapeutic mud of the Dead Sea, rich in aragonite, can help fight skin problems such as psoriasis. Alternative medical doctors have used the stones to improve patients' sexual activity, relieve insomnia, soothe the nervous system, and eliminate fatigue, irrational behavior and anger.