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shungite stone


  • Origin of the name: From its Russian origin and the name Shunga
  • Group: Uncrystallized carbon
  • Chemical composition: Fullerene molecules C60, C70
  • Crystal System: Amorphous
  • Hardness: between 3.5 and 4
  • Deposits: Kazakhstan, Russia
  • Colour: Black and silvery grey

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History of Shungite Stone

Shungite, otherwise known as Chingite or Schingite bears the same name as the Russian village from where it is extracted. To date, the small village of Shunga northwest of the Karelia region possesses the only known deposit of this natural mineral. Although its structure is quite similar to other rocks due its high carbon content, it is in fact formed from the mineralisation of plankton, with some deposits dating back millions of years at the very least. According to Russian legend, Peter the Great opened the first Russian thermal baths on Shungite Stone deposits. The Martsialnye Vody spa was used for more than three centuries to treat and relieve the sick. Recently, samples have detected the presence of fullerenes (a molecule partly made up of carbon) in these waters.

Peter the Great even recommended a shungite-based concoction to his soldiers to combat dysentery effectively. These healing solutions were later called ‘Waters of Mars.’ Thoughout the final ten years of his life he withdrew to the spa he had opened to relieve the sick and cure dysfunctions such as epilepsy and uraemia. In 1996, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Professors Robert Curl, Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their analysis of fullerenes and the uncovering of their chemical composition. According to research carried out by doctors at the St. Petersburg Military Academy of Medicine, the use of these thermal waters is beneficial in the treatment of several diseases. In addition, Shunga rock finds great use in medicinal preparations and for filtering water. Based on this assumption, several healing concoctions have been created from this mineral. Here is a short excerpt from the collection of Russian Law and History 1649, Volume 5: ‘He (Peter the Great) was kind enough to show us this healing water whose effects were witnessed, not only on the healing of the sick, but also on ourselves, our families and several noble people who benefited from it more than any other known spring!’.

Until recently it was thought that two billion years ago no form of multicellular life existed. But some discoveries have since proved otherwise. Accordingly, hypotheses regarding the creation of Shunga rock have been formulated. Some argue that shungite stone formed in part through marine deposits of ancient primitive microorganisms. Still others believe that shungite is meteorite residue from the planet Phaeton (a hypothetical planet located between Mars and Jupiter that, at the time of its destruction, would have created our solar system’s astroid belt) where oxygen-breathing beings lived. Several researchers claim that the ore’s structure has the same characteristics as volcanic rocks. Regardless of its origin, shungite stone is second to none in today’s world, both in terms of its structure and healing abilities. Shungite heals, purifies, protects, regenerates and is even beneficial for soil enrichment (in Karelia, shungite stone’s region of origin, it has been noted that the greater the concentration of these natural rocks in the soil, the larger the potatoes). Shungite is not only beneficial for health, but it is also of unmatched beauty. Deep black and composed of either silver or ochre veins, it harmonises the environment in which you place it, and serves as beautiful decoration. Millions of people have already made use of this gift of nature by using it in potions and concoctions. It offers serenity and balance, blocking negative energy and purifying the energy which surrounds it.

At present, we still do not know of its exact composition and research is still underway to reveal it. Many therapists not only recognise its beneficial effects, but regularly use it in their healing practices. It is common knowledge in litho therapy to only use rocks whose characteristics have been established and verified over a long period of time. Its protective power has been established for several hundred years now. The famous Isaac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, built between 1801 and 1881, features an excellent example of shungite stone’s usage. Here, craftsmen created a shungite plinth of around 25 centimetres high. Research papers continue to come out in favour of this mineral, proving its beneficial impact on electromagnetic fields and geo-pathogenic zones. Shungite is effective against preventing electromagnetic radiation from cellular, wifi, television and any other electrical device’s waves.

Origin and Composition of Shungite Stone

You may find many rocks on the market that have the name of shungite that appear, at first glance, strikingly different. This is explained very simply by the different concentrations of fullerenes that the rocks are made up of. As such, here are the two most common shungite minerals:

  • silver shungite: this variety has one of the highest concentrations of fullerenes, at almost 98%. It represents just 1% of the total mass that is found in deposits and is therefore the rarest form to date. It is easily recognisable due to its conchoidal fractures. The small ochre-coloured veins that differentiate it are in fact jarosite, an iron sulphate that occurs from pyrite oxidation;
  • black shungite: the most well-known and popular variety. It is found in much greater quantities and it is easier to cut and polish due to its weaker fullerene content (between 50% and 70%).
Below 50% fullerene, ‘shungite stone’ is considered ‘shungite rock’. It is worth noting that at equal size, the heavier the ore, the purer it is as it contains more silica. Shungite rocks energetic effects are less powerful but are not non-existent. Deep black shungite that dates from the Precambrian period is in a transient state between anthracite and graphite. At present there are no other rocks with the same healing characteristics worldwide. When immersed in water, it reveals its full healing potential and helps relieve many diseases including periodontosis, diabetes and some skin conditions. There are no other similar stones containing fullerenes (a recent discovery of an allotropic genus of carbon made up of spherical ions). A true gift from heaven, shungite stone improves your health by preserving the proper functioning of our immune system.

Litho Therapeutic Properties of Shungite Stone

Shungite Stone’s Mental Benefits

Shunga ore has a powerful anchoring effect, allowing us to refocus our energies with the Earth. It aligns our energetic bodies and allows our chakras to function harmony again. Shungite stone’s numerous virtues effectively protect against all negative influences. Worn as a pendant, you can take its beneficial effects with you.

Shungite Stone’s Physical Benefits

It is a rock that has been primarily used for healing purposes for several centuries. It has been attributed many characteristics of recovery, strengthening the energy metabolism of patients. It stimulates the circulation of bodily fluids and boosts energy. It powerfully harmonises the environment in which it is placed and neutralises harmful radiation on our body (microwave, cellular, wifi, etc.), repairing the damage caused. Wearing shungite stone as a pendant or in your pocket is the perfect way to protect yourself when at work or on public transport where electromagnetic waves are particularly present.