Shungite is a black, lustrous, non-crystalline mineraloid that contains fullerenes (powerful antioxidants). It is formed by a cluster mixture of carbon, silicon dioxide, and also pyrite, iron oxide, and aluminum oxide particles. Originally meaning a mineraloid that has over 98% carbon, the term shungite may also refer to shungite-bearing rocks. Based on their carbon content, they can be classified as Shungite-1, Shungite-2, -3, -4, and -5, where Shungite-1 has the highest carbon percentage (called “elite” or “noble”), which is 98 - 100, and Shungite-5 has only 10% carbon. Based on its luster, shungite can be classified as bright (lustrous), semi-bright, semi-dull, and dull (matte). Regular shungite stones are more common. The major part of shungite mined in the Republic of Karelia is regular shungite while the deposits of elite shungite are really scarce. Besides, regular shungite stones can be easily polished and shaped. That’s why all shaped shungite products at the market, such as pyramids, spheres, jewelry items, are made of them.
Shungite got its name from Shunga village in Russia where the first deposits of this stone were found. Other deposits of shungite include the one in the Lake Onega area of Karelia, Zazhoginskoye, one in Vozhmozero, and small deposits in Kamchatka and Chelyabinsk, in Russia. Deposits have also been found in Austria, Congo, Kazakhstan, and India.
Fullerenes are powerful and long-acting antioxidants. Antioxidants react with free radicals and stop the chain reactions that can lead to cell damage and degenerative diseases. Fullerenes help normalize cell metabolism, increase enzyme activity, give stability to cells, and boost the regenerative capacity of body tissues. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce pain and stress. Shungite, being a rich source of fullerenes, offers these health benefits to the individual using it. The energy embodied within this ancient stone is said to absorb and eliminate anything that is a health hazard to human life, and it has active metaphysical properties with strong healing powers.
When water is treated with shungite, the antioxidants in this mineraloid eliminate free radicals and other impurities in the water, and the fullerenes give it medicinal properties. It's no wonder that water bodies (springs or lakes) near the sources of shungite are known to have very pure water which has been used for healing purposes
There is a Shungite room in Paris, among the first few of its kind, 43 sq feet in area, with shungite tiles on its floor and walls, and the ceiling coated with powdered shungite. The room can be used for relaxation sessions as the means to re-energize oneself, and also for carrying out bioenergetic experiments.
Carvings are made from Shungite composite, glued to base of natural slab of Shungite with pyrite flecks. Many find positive metaphysical effects from this carbon-based stone. Others collect these because they’re so darn cute. They will create black smudges on your fingers due to the carbon content when handling.