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Shungite Properties Facts and Photos

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1. What is Shungite?
2. Non Crystalline Solid
3. Presence of Fullerene
4. Worldwide Deposits
5. Healing Properties
6. Article Photos
7. Our Collection of Shungite

What Exactly is Shungite?

Shungite is a curious material that's relatively unknown.  Although sought after for its metaphysical properties, it's also widely used for water purification purposes.

Rough stone has a unique appearance, distinctive texture and is surprisingly light weight.  Freshly cut material has a soot-like residue from the carbon.

Shungite is known to be at least two billion years old.  It's believed to have formed through the metamorphism of crude oil.

In one scientific study it's described as fossilised organic material formed from sediments which date back to the Precambrian period.  This is around the time Earth began to form.

The Precambrian period began approximately 4.6 billion years ago and ended around 541 million years ago.

One article suggests shungite may have formed prior to organic life being established on earth.  This theory has since been dismissed because proof of its biological origin has now been confirmed. Most carbon based materials came about because of decayed organic matter such as ancient forests.

Another article suggests Lake Onega formed from a crater caused by an impact from a huge meteorite.  Shungite is found close to this area.  It claimed the crater may have contributed to the stone's formation.  Having looked into this theory I can find no factual evidence to support it.

The basin for Lake Jänisjärvi (pronounced yanis~yarvi) which is less than two hundred miles away was formed following an impact from a meteorite.

Naturally Occurring Non Crystalline Solid

Due to its lack of any significant crystal structure shungite is classified as a mineraloid.  These non crystalline or amorphous solids are not categorized as minerals because they do not form crystals.

Examples of other mineraloids include obsidian which is volcanic glass, opals which are formed from a solution of silicon dioxide and water and a relatively unknown material called moldavite.

The colour of shungite can vary from a rich shade of bronze to almost black.  The stone is opaque, can be highly lustrous to the point where it almost appears metallic and is used in industry for water purification purposes.

Shungite can remove organic and inorganic substances, harmful bacteria including E.coli and heavy metal from contaminated water.

Studies carried out in Russia have shown water purified with shungite has a revitalizing effect on the body.  It eases a variety of skin conditions, helps with gastrointestinal problems, kidney stones and a variety of other ailments.

Shungite water filters developed in Russia have been in use since 1995.

elite shungite stone

 Elite shungite stone

The Presence of Fullerene

The presence of fullerene in shungite was first described in 1992.

Fullerene is an allotrope of carbon.  Allotrope is the ability for a chemical element to exist in two or more forms within the same physical state.  Graphite charcoal and diamond are all allotropes of carbon.

Fullerene was only discovered in 1985 but quickly attracted considerable attention from different fields of science.  Today it's widely used in industry and particularly in medicine.

Worldwide Deposits

Although minor deposits of shungite have been reported in Austria, India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kazakhstan, the original and largest source lies close to Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia, north west Russia.

In 1879 having been described as an extreme sample of non crystalline carbon, shungite was named after the village of Shun'ga.  As well as being the site of the first and largest deposit, Shun'ga Village is the oldest settlement in the area with a history dating back to at least 1375.  

The Zazhoginskoe field which is approximately fourteen miles by seven is one of the world's largest mining fields for shungite rocks.  Reports estimate there are between thirty five and fifty eight million tons of material available in the area to mine.  Geologists believe it's likely additional deposits will soon be discovered.

The vast majority of the world's shungite comes from this area.

It should be remembered not all material contains the same percentage of carbon.  The amount can vary from 10% to 100%.  Some stones being sold online as shungite are in fact shungite-bearing rock.

All known life forms on Earth are made up of carbon.  In humans it's the second most common element accounting for 23% of our total body weight.

Metaphysical Healing Properties

Water purified with shungite is a powerful antioxidant with exceptional anti-inflammatory capabilities.  It works as an antihistamine and can help relieve some types of pain.

Shungite has strong shielding properties so can be used to protect against electromagnetic fields (EMF).  Stones may be carried or placed on or close to a computer.  When attached to a mobile phone it counteracts the negative effects they have on sensitive human energy systems.

Shungite contains almost all the minerals in the periodic table.  It's beneficial for the relief of stress and fatigue, boosts physical well being and has a powerful effect on the immune system.

Stress is transformed into high levels of energy and mental clutter and confusion is eased away.

According to Judy Hall author of The Crystal Bible, shungite rapidly absorbs negative energy.  She recommends stones be regularly cleansed and recharged.  This can be done by placing them in the sun or the light of the moon.  

Shungite is known to have been used as a healing crystal since the 18th century.  Peter the Great who ruled Russia from 1682 until his death set up a spa in Karelia to make use of its water purifying properties.  He is said to have experienced these for himself.

group of shungite tumbled stones 

Tumbled shungite stones

Article Photos

The rough elite shungite in the photo at the top of our article is from our collection.  The stone in the second photo is courtesy of James St. John.

The tumbled shungite stones in the last photo are also from our collection. All three images are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed photo. 

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