What is Shungite?
For the easiest explanation, Shungite is a mineraloid, not a crystal as some claim, that can provide many health benefits as well as helping to shield you from EMF radiation. For a pointy head explanation I offer the following paragraph.
Shungite is elementary non-crystalline carbon with a metastable structure incapable of graphitization. It is also used as a term to describe a sequence of Precambrian metamorphic rocks from the Karelia region of Russia containing such carbon. Trace amounts of fullerenes (0.0001 < 0.001%) have been reported from such rock (Mosin & Ignatov, 2013). Shungite has a biogenic origin.
Originally described from Shun'ga area, Shun'ga village, Onega lake, Karelia Republic, Northern Region, Russia. (mindat.org)
Basically, it is found only in one area of the world. No one knows exactly how it came about, it is after all over 2 billion years old and predates humans by a long way, but there are two theories about how it was formed. Firstly, scientists have theorised that it was formed after a massive meteorite hit the earth, but there is no evidence to support this. The other theory is that it was formed from fossilised organic material from sediments which date back to the Precambrian period, around the time the Earth began to form. Both are plausible, none are proven.
But do we care. Not really, we have been gifted with this wonderful material and that for me, is enough.
The Fullerenes found in Shungite from Karelia give Shungite its special properties. To learn more about Fullerenes, see our blog post here.
There is a long history of the spring water around Karelia giving the locals health benefits from its consumption. The Tsar, Peter the Great (1672-1725) championed its benefits, encouraging his troops to consume the water. For a history of Shungite, see our blog post here.
Types of Shungite
If you have heard about Shungite, you have probably heard people talking about the 3 different types of Shungite. Basically, they are split into these 3 types based on the amount of carbon they contain.
“Type 1” or Elite (Noble) Shungite - Up to 98% Carbon
Distinctly, this type of Shungite has a silver metallic appearance and conchoidal patterning.
Only about 1% of Shungite is Elite. It is normally sold in its natural raw shape. Because of that, you can often find other rocks and minerals infused into it. It has been laying there for 2 billion years after all. It grows in thin veins, so large pieces of elite are expensive as they are extremely rare.
Elite Shungite is believed to be the most effective type of when it comes to water purification, EMF shielding and restorative powers – it simply works faster than the other types of Shungite.
You can make pendants and jewellery with Elite Shungite, but as it is very delicate, it is usually only raw stones that you will find fashioned into a jewellery piece. Raw chunks of Elite Shungite are also great for carrying in your pocket.
“Type 2” or Petrovsky Shungite – Typically contains around 50 to 75% carbon
It has a dark grey appearance, very much in the middle of the black Type 3 and the silver type 1 colours. The high amount of carbon makes it an effective healing and protection stone, much stronger than regular Shungite.
Type 2 Shungite can still be used to make various products like bracelets pendants and jewellery pieces due to its molecular structure.
Type 2 Shungite can also be used for water purification.
“Type 3” or Black Shungite – Typically contains around 30 to 50% carbon
The appearance of this type of Shungite is distinguished by its deep black colour. This is the variety that is most common and Shungite products are generally made from this. Due to its structure, it is able to be polished and carved into a variety of shapes, like pyramids, cubes, spheres, pendants and jewellery, to name a few.
Black Shungite is the most common type of Shungite used for water purification.
There are various ways to harness the benefits of Shungite. Wearing a pendant is a great way for both direct or indirect contact with the skin. This is a highly recommended way to wear Shungite, and is also 100% safe. You can also wearing Shungite as a bracelet or simply keep a piece in your pocket or purse.
For fighting EMF it is a good idea to keep Shungite close to electrical devices, especially microwaves, DECT phones, laptops and wi-fi routers.
It is also a very grounding mineral and is beneficial to first, second and third chakras. It will help you focus on your connection to the earth, helping you feel grounded. It will also help you eliminate negative thoughts and dissipate negative energies.
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