One of the most important and essential mineraloid or gemstone in our arsenal has to be Shungite.

Shungite is a carbon compound mineraloid formed from plankton fossils dating back 2 billion years. Its name is derived from its only source location in Shunga, Russia on the shore of Lake Onega.

Since the early 18th century, this mineraloid has been successfully used in medicine, ecology, agriculture, water filtration, metallurgy, chemical and construction industries.

Shungite main color is black. The color in Shungite is due to the amount of carbon present in its chemical composition. High carbon content gives a metallic luster while low carbon content produces a dull luster.

Shungite has a hardness ranging from 3.5 to 4.0 on the Mohs scale. This means that Shungite can be scratched and damaged easily by other harder gemstones.

Its transparency is opaque. When cut and polished, Shungite reflects like a dark mirror. It also exhibits a smooth surface, free of flaws or imperfections.

There are three varieties of Shungites which include:

The Elite Shungite (also known as Silver Shungite) is the purest and rarest form containing 98% carbon and has shiny silver-like semi-metallic luster. Elite Shungite is extremely rare and it accounts for only 1% of all Shungites making it the most sought after Shungite stone.

The Petrovsky Shungite (named for Peter the Great, who helped popularize its use) contains 50 to 70 percent carbon and is the one often used for jewelry and sculpture designs. It is often shaped into pyramids and spheres. It has a semi-dull luster (when uncut and raw). An old legend claims that it was the Petrovsky Shungite that the Russian Czar used for water purification in soldiers' water cans during the battle with Sweden in the 18th century.

Finally, there is the Regular Shungite which is 30 to 50 percent carbon. It is black in color with a matte luster. This type of Shungite is usually not used for lapidary work.

Shungite receives its healing power from one of its elements, fullerenes which is a crystalline form of carbon. Shungite is the only known natural source of fullerenes on Earth (with the exception of a few meteorites).

Fullerenes is not abundant in all Shungites but is found in its highest concentration in Elite Shungite, and to a lesser degree in the Petrovsky Shungite and Regular Shungite.

Fullerenes is THE MOST POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS that actively interacts with various electromagnetic fields (anthropogenic high-frequency, solar, geopathogenic, biofields) and neutralizes their negative impact in our bodies.

Studies in biology have found the ability of fullerenes to fight against substances that inhibit the oxidation of healthy cells of the human body and animals.

To quote Science Direct:

“Shungite is an effective sorbent for removal of organic and inorganic substances, pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals from contaminated water.”

Shungite’s high carbon content acts as a natural high-filtering capacity for water and enriching it with minerals like calcium, oxygen, magnesium and other essential mineral content. The water it filters contains natural antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, which makes it beneficial to our cells and tissues, along with our immune function. This is the reason why Shungite is also known as The Stone of Life.

In our modern society where we are inundated with so much harmful electromagnetic waves that threaten at our cellular level, it is imperative that we try whatever we can to minimise these insidious effects on our body.

Shungite counteracts the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields and radiation from computers, cell phones, Wi-Fi, and other electronic devices and appliances. It transforms harmful man-made EMFs into wave forms that are more compatible with our biology.

Shungite or rather its molecules of fullerenes have gained a prime role on the science arena. It is used extensively in the field of nanoscience. Studies of its efficacy as pharmacology intervention to prevent or delay the onset of HIV, cancers like melanoma and autoimmune diseases are currently ongoing.

Shungite is a shaman-healer stone. It purifies your surroundings, the air, the water and your energy body. Shungite also can heal and protect you.

Shungite spheres placed in the four corners of a house is believed to be effective in cleansing the environment from all types of negative energies.

Reiki healers can harness the healing properties of Shungite by wearing it around the neck in order to retain their energy during a Reiki therapy session. A smooth Shungite egg can be used to gently stroke or rub on the patient to vanquish negative energies and alleviate spiritual imbalances. It also relieves pain as believed by the Russians.

Russian scientific research also shows that because of Shungite’s unique structure, it absorbs many different things including chemicals, volatile organic compounds, drugs, chlorine, fluoride, and radioactive particles. The stones will then be saturated with impurities. It is thus recommended that your Shungite be changed every 6 months.