Be kinder to yourself and stop demanding perfection.
Release toxic energy stored inside your body or spirit.
Clear your mind and focus on your highest priority.
Know that there is “enough time” for everything.
Let Shungite inspire you to cultivate true inner balance!
Mineralogy of Shungite
Mineral Family: Native Element
Chemical Composition: C
Color: Black, brown
Crystal System: Amorphous
Streak: Brown, black
Location: The most important Shungite location is located in the Karelia Republic, a federal state of Russia, bordering Finland. Additional Shungite deposits have been found in Austria, the Congo, India, and Kazakhstan.
Mineral Family: Shungite is one of the four forms of Carbon, along with Coal, Diamond, and Graphite. Carbon is a Native Element, a chemical element that appears in nature uncombined with anything else. Native Elements are typically divided into three groups: metals such as Copper, Gold, Silver, and Platinum; semi-metals like Arsenic; and nonmetals like Sulfur and Carbon. Shungite is technically a mineraloid, a mineral-like substance that does demonstrate crystallinity. Other mineraloids include Jet, Obsidian, Opal, and Pearl.
Associated Minerals: Fullerite
Formation: Shungite was formed in evaporating shallow water, on top of a shelf of pure Carbon. As the water evaporated, Shungite was laid down and became concentrated. It was most likely created during active rifting, when the Earth is being pulled apart due to plate tectonics. Shungite deposits can have a sedimentary structure of layered deposits, or may be found in veins after undergoing metamorphism. Occasionally Shungite is found in mushroom shaped structures, a shape thought to have been caused by mud volcanoes. Today, the most important deposits of Shungite are found near the shore of Lake Onega.
Mining: Shungite deposits are important mining sources for Carbon. The main Shungite deposit, the Shungskoe, has been closely studied and today is largely played out. Three other deposits, Maksovo, Nigozero, and Zazhogino, all located in the Republic of Karelia, continue to be actively mined. Shungite is used for a variety of industrial purposes, including metallurgy, water filtration, and to make rubber products such as tires.
Enhancements: All Shungite may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing.
Synonyms: Noble Shungite, Petrovsky Shungite, Schungite, Silver Shungite
History of Shungite
While Shungite is well-known in Russia, it is a relatively new crystal to the rest of the metaphysical community. Shungite was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It may, however, be included in some of the newest lapidaries. Shungite’s name honors the Shun’ga Area and Village, the region in which it was first scientifically described. The Shun’ga area is located on the coast of the Lake Onega, in the Republic of Karelia.
The earliest historical reference to Shungite dates back to 1706, during the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1721), who ordered Ivan Mateev to bring aspidniy stone (an older name for Shungite) from its deposit to his Summer Palace. The Tsar wanted the stone placed inside his water fountains because of its reputation for healing and purification. While this is the first known reference, it is clear from the document that the stone had already been mined for some time and its properties were well known within the Russian Empire. In 1719, Peter the Great founded the first healing mineral spa in Russia, Marsial Waters, in Petrozavodsk, Karelina. This water flowed over Shungite deposits, giving the water its marvelous healing qualities. The Tsar visited the spa personally on three separate occasions and swore by its powers. Today, the original spa location has been preserved as a historical site, while nearby a new, modern spa continues to delight visitors.
According to another story, Peter the Great also ordered his soldiers to carry a piece of Shungite and use it to purify their drinking water during military campaigns. The Battle of Poltava (June 7, 1709) was a decisive victory for the Russian Army over Sweden, and marks the beginning of Imperial Russia’s rise as the most powerful nation in north-eastern Europe. Prior to the battle, the Swedish army had already been decimated by water-born infections, while the Russian army remained largely healthy. Today, modern testing has confirmed that Petrovsky Shungite does indeed have anti-bacterial properties when used in an elixir, adding credence to the story.
The name “Shungite” was first used in 1879 to describe what is now known as Noble Shungite or Silver Shungite. This type of Shungite is 98% pure Carbon, silver colored, and is too soft and crumbling to be carved or tumbled. Today, the name Shungite is also given to Shungite-bearing rocks, including Petrovsky Shungite (70-80% Carbon, silver-colored, and can be shaped and polished) and Black Shungite (30% Carbon, pure black, and easily shaped and polished).
In 1992, Noble Shungite and Petrovsky Shungite were found to be sources for fullerene, a unique Carbon molecule, sometimes also called “Buckyballs” since they resemble a soccer/football. The only other known sources for fullerene is in lightning strikes in the upper atmosphere and from meteorites. Fullerenes seem to have existed for eons throughout the universe, leading to some speculation among astronomers that life on Earth may have originally been “seeded” by this special Carbon molecule.
Healing Properties of Shungite
Spiritual: Shungite is an incredible stone for grounding, purification, and transformation. It teaches us how to stay in full balance, in our body, mind, heart, and spirit. Shungite asks us to release any silly beliefs about “perfection” we might hold, and instead embrace a life that simply feels Good. Shungite clears our auras and other energy fields, and helps us to stay more firmly centered in our Personal Power. It is a powerful protector against all types of negative energies as well as electromagnetic smog. Shungite is highly recommended for all healers who regularly come in direct contact with patients and clients who have dark or heavy energy. Shungite helps the healer’s own personal energy stay clean and clear, so they can continue to do beautiful work. Shungite is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to astrological signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. It is connected to the Element of Earth and vibrates to the number 1.
Emotional: Shungite is a unique heart-healer. It helps to draw out negative energy, old emotional pains, and outdated beliefs which bring us down. Shungite gently washes all of that out of our system, and replaces it with pure, clean energy. Shungite encourages us to actively engage in acts of self-care and self-love, and be more discerning about which type of people we invite into our lives. It helps us to recognize and move away from people and activities that are toxic to our emotional health. Likewise, it helps us to accept more good energies into our life and to believe, in our heart-of-hearts, that we deserve to be happy, peaceful, and truly loved.
Mental: Shungite calms and grounds the mind, helping us to stay focused and on track. It pierces through confusion and mental clutter, revealing what is truly most important in this moment and where/how to best direct our energies. Shungite helps us to find balance, between our work and personal life, as well as between our relationships/other responsibilities and our own need for self-care. Shungite teaches us that there is time enough for everything, as long as we prioritize correctly and don’t waste time on unimportant and uninspiring activities. Shungite reminds us that it is important to take time to rest and relax, just as it is important to be active and engaged.
Physical: Shungite has been used for centuries for its purifying qualities in water, and is recommended by metaphysical healers both for bathing and drinking elixirs. Noble Shungite is known for its anti-bacterial qualities and all varieties of Shungite are said to boost the immune system and encourage cell regeneration. Shungite is also believed to help ensure a better night’s sleep, and reduce obsessive thoughts and worrying.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Shungite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.
This Noble Shungite comes from an industrial Shungite mine in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.
Mining conditions are relatively safe.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Noble Shungite has been left rough and natural.
It was imported into the USA by a Lapidary.
The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
All Lapidary workers are paid fairly.
The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Noble Shungite Stone
Color: Silver, may have some small pieces of matrix stone still attached. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: less than 1 ounce
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Shungite
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