1. What is Shungite?
2. Shungite Non Crystalline Solid
3. The Presence of Fullerene in Shungite
4. Worldwide Shungite Deposits
5. Shungite Healing Properties
6. Article Photos
7. Shungite | Explore Our Collection
What Exactly is Shungite?
Shungite is a curious stone that's relatively unknown. This naturally occurring material is highly sought after for its healing properties and is widely used for its ability to purify water. It has a unique appearance, distinctive texture, is surprisingly light weight and because it contains carbon the rough material gives off a soot-like residue.
Shungite is known to be at least two billion years old and is believed to have formed through the metamorphism of crude oil. In one scientific study shungite was described as a fossilised organic material that formed from sediments which date back to the Precambrian period which is around the time the Earth began to form. This time period began approximately 4.6 billion years ago and ended around 541 million years ago.
One article that we read suggests shungite may have formed prior to organic life being established on earth. The theory has since been dismissed because proof of the stone's biological origin has now been confirmed. Most carbon based minerals came about because of decayed organic matter such as ancient forests.
In another article it's suggested that Lake Onega formed from a crater caused by an impact from a huge meteorite. Shungite is found in this area. It's claimed the crater may have contributed to the stone's formation but we have found no evidence to support that. The basin for Lake Jänisjärvi (pronounced yanis~yarvi) however which is less than two hundred miles away, was formed millions of years ago following an impact from a meteorite.
Shungite Non Crystalline Solid
Due to its lack of any significant crystal structure shungite is correctly classified as a mineraloid. These non crystalline or amorphous solids are not categorized as minerals because they do not form crystals. Other mineraloids include obsidian which is volcanic glass, opals which are formed from a solution of silicon dioxide and water and another relatively unknown material called moldavite.
The colour of shungite can vary from a rich shade of bronze to almost completely 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 has the ability to remove organic and inorganic substances, harmful bacteria including E.coli and heavy metal from contaminated water. Studies that have been carried out in Russia have shown that water purified with shungite has a revitalizing effect on the body, eases a variety of skin conditions, helps with gastrointestinal problems, kidney stones and a variety of other ailments. Water filters were subsequently developed and have been in use since 1995.
Elite shungite stone
The Presence of Fullerene in Shungite
The presence of fullerene in shungite was first described in 1992. Fullerene is an allotrope of carbon, an allotrope is the ability for a chemical element to exist in two or more different forms within the same physical state. For example 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 Shungite Deposits
Although minor deposits of shungite have been reported in Austria, India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kazakhstan, the largest and oldest source lies close to Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia in north west Russia. In 1879 having been described as an extreme sample of non crystalline carbon, the material 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 that can be traced 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 but geologists believe it's likely that additional sources will soon be discovered. The vast majority of shungite stone that's available to buy comes from this locality. It should be remembered however that not all material contains the same percentage of carbon and it can vary from 10% to 100%. In fact some of the material being sold online as shungite is actually shungite-bearing rock.
All known life forms on Earth are made up of carbon and in humans it's the second most common element accounting for 23% of our total body weight.
Healing Properties of Shungite
Water purified with shungite is a powerful antioxidant that has exceptional anti-inflammatory capabilities. It works as an antihistamine and is able to help with the relief of certain pain. Shungite has exceptional shielding properties so can be used to protect against electromagnetic fields (EMF). It may either 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 of 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 so stones need to be regularly cleansed and recharged which may 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 which he is said to have experienced for himself.
Tumbled shungite stones
The rough elite shungite stones in the photo at the top of our article come from our own collection. The shungite 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 full size image.