Shungite Tumbled Stones
Shungite Tumbled Stones From Russia
Shungite stones from Karelia in north west Russia. A cheaper alternative to elite shungite but these stones are not ideal for water purification purposes. Smaller rough material is more suitable not only because it's cheaper but also because of the amount that's required to purify one litre of water.
The name shungite is believed to have come about because early studies were carried out on this material close to Shun'ga Village in Russia's Republic of Karelia.
Although the stone is reported to have been found in other locations around the world, the Lake Onega region of Karelia close to the border with Finland is the original and word's largest deposit.
A rare form of non crystalline carbon that contains traces of fullerene, shungite is highly sought after for its metaphysical properties.
This surprisingly light weight material is estimated to be around two billion years old. To give that some context, some of the stones at Stonehenge are made up of rock containing sediments from around the same time. Some of the oldest rocks on Earth are more than four billion years old and meteorites can be considerably older. Particles from one of the most studied meteorites that fell in Australia in 1969 are estimated to be seven billion years old. The age of Earth is a mere 4.54 billion years old.
These shungite tumbled stones have an incredibly smooth texture and the deep charcoal grey to black colour is is caused by the presence of carbon.
Shungite is correctly classified as a mineraloid not a mineral because it lacks any significant crystal structure. Other examples of mineraloids include obsidian which is volcanic glass, pearl, moldavite which is a tektite and amber which is fossilised tree resin.
The shungite used for producing tumbled stones is a lower grade than the material known as elite shungite. The main difference is the percentage of carbon.
Our tumbled shungite stones exhibit a dull lustre which means they absorb light as opposed to reflecting it. Materials with a vitreous lustre reflect light usually in a very similar way to glass.
Drop by our page on Flickr to see full sized photographs of shungite stones from our collection.
Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained some kind of damage, usually a chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. Empathic warriors are not always available. More information can be found in our article on empathic warrior crystals.