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Shungite FAQs 101


Please find below a copy of our comprehensive Shungite FAQ 101

I was fortunate to have worked extensively in the USSR from 1989 for 14 years, through Perestroika and Glasnost. Despite visiting so many mining and mineral locations I didn’t get the chance to visit Karelia – but maybe, one day I will.

What is Shungite?

Shungite is a Precambrian carbonaceous natural rock of organic origin. It is often referred to as a “healing stone” or even a “stone of life” due to its powerful healing and protective properties. Shungite is approximately 2 billion years old and it was formed long before life existed on our planet. Thus, it has been soaking up the energy of the Earth and space for eons. These powerful energies, along with its chemical composition and physical characteristics make Shungite truly unique and thanks to that, it is popular all over the world.

Where does Shungite come from?

Shungite is found almost exclusively in the Republic of Karelia, the Russian Federation, where there are over 1 billion tons of Shungite. The largest Shungite deposit in the world is called Zazhoginsky mine at it is located on Zaonezhie peninsula, Medvezhyegorsky District in Karelia, near Shunga village which gave the rock its name.


What makes Shungite so special? 

In a large part it is due to its unique structure comprised of fullerenes, which is an extremely rare chemical bond of atoms of carbon. Fullerenes are believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants that shield our bodies from the effects of free radicals and other negative and harmful influences in our environment. The spherical molecules of fullerene in Shungite make it one of the most effective means of personal protection, healing, and water cleansing. Elite Shungite is the type of Shungite with the highest amount of carbon, so it has the largest number of fullerenes and thus is the most effective type.



What is the difference between Elite and regular Shungite? What are the three types of Shungite?

Shungite stones can be divided into three types depending on the amount of carbon.

  • Type I Shungite is called Noble or Elite Shungite and it contains from 90 to 98 per cent of carbon in it. Elite Shungite nuggets have shiny silvery surface and have a great energetic potential due to the high percentage of carbon. The deposits of Elite Shungite are extremely scarce and Elite Shungite amounts for less than one per cent of all Shungite found in the world. It is usually dug carefully by hand in rocks while types II and III Shungite are more available for an industrial digging in quarries.

  • Type II Shungite got his name from the Russian Emperor, Peter the Great, and is known as Petrovsky Shungite. This type of Shungite is quite rare and contains about 75% of carbon. It can also be easily cut and polished like regular Shungite, but in terms of properties and crystal energy Petrovsky Shungite is closer to Type I, Elite Shungite. 

  • Type III Shungite is usually called regular Shungite stone or ore and it contains from 30 to 50 per cent of carbon. All the shaped products you will find like pyramids, spheres, bracelets, etc. are made of regular Shungite since it amounts for the largest part of Shungite found in Karelia and can be easily shaped and polished. 


Please note, later in this document there is reference to only two types of Shungite which is the pure scientific mineral assessment of Shungite. Type II (Petrovsky) is not recognised as a distinctly separate type of Shungite


What makes Elite Shungite so special? How to use Elite Shungite to its full potential?

Elite Shungite stones appear to be a perfect natural healer and energy stabilizer. Elite Shungite nuggets are frequently sold in its original form since they are very fragile. These stones are truly unique because of several important factors. Firstly, Elite Shungite is extremely rare – it amasses for less than one per cent of all Shungite in the world. Secondly, its physical appearance is vastly different from regular Shungite (or any other stone in existence). Instead of dark black Elite Shungite has silvery grey colour with shiny surface which always looks beautiful. Thirdly, its chemical composition clearly separates it from any other rock in the world. It has up to 98 per cent of carbon in its composition, all of which is formed in fullerene molecules, which makes Elite Shungite extremely effective in crystal healing and protection.

You can place an Elite Shungite nugget near your working space or a bed during sleep in order to receive a comprehensive protection against geopathic influence or you can have a small Elite Shungite nugget in your pocket or a small jewellery item to protect yourself from the electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) radiation effect in your everyday life. Besides, Elite Shungite has proven to have a powerful energetic field to help you keep your body and spirit in harmony. You can also use small Elite Shungite nuggets to make an energised Shungite water to make it healthier and purified.


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What are the benefits of using Shungite? 

In this modern world Shungite is widely used in various fields including heavy industry, agriculture, medicine, energy healing and spiritual practices among many more. The famous properties of Shungite that made it popular all over the world including for water purification and protection against ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF) and 5G radiation (also called millimeter waves or MMW) which surrounds us through our numerous uses of electrical devices which radiate different forms of radiation.

Shungite can neutralise geopathic stress and tension, healing properties of the human body and provide physical and spiritual healing to its user. All these properties contribute to the ever-growing popularity of Shungite all around the world.

What is EMF? How does it affect us? How can Shungite help? 

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and 5G radiation (or millimeter waves) vulnerability appears to be an extremely pressing issue nowadays and most people are exposed to the effects of EMF and MMW since they are surrounded with various gadgets and electronic devices. e.g. mobile phones, tablets, PCs, laptops, routers/modems, microwave ovens, TVs (smart or otherwise), Wi-Fi devices around the home and work, Bluetooth devices and much more.

In the modern world of technologies most people are highly affected by EMF and 5G radiation and Shungite has proven to be a powerful countermeasure. There are several scientific studies that prove the fact that Shungite is efficient in reducing the negative effect of such devices, most of them done in Karelian Academy of Sciences.

It is important to remember that the power of Shungite protection depends on its action radius, which in turn depends on the size of Shungite item. To put it simply: the larger your Shungite item is the more space it can cover with its protection. Item which is 10 cm in size will cover approximately 10 meters of space, that is the general proportions you can use with any Shungite item. The only exceptions are Elite Shungite items, because they are much more effective – their action radius is generally twice larger, by size.  

To ensure comprehensive protection against harmful EMF and MMW it is usually recommended to use several Shungite items to reduce the exposure to radiation-emitting devices. The more Shungite items you have around you, the more positive properties against EMF and 5G radiation Shungite grants you and the more protected you are.

What items are the best when it comes to EMF and MMW protection?

There are different kinds of items which you can use to protect yourself from the danger of EMF and 5G radiation. First of all, you can use gadget protection and strike EMF and MMW at its source with Shungite phone stickers, which you can apply not only to your phone but also to your tablet, laptop, PC, TV and so on – any object in your environment that you feel can be a source of EMF and MMW. Second option you have is household protection – you can cover a lot of living space with various Shungite items like pyramids, spheres, cubes, figurines, etc. Thanks to Shungite action radius your home will be effectively shielded from any negative influences. Thirdly, you can use comprehensive personal protection through various Shungite items that you can carry with you all day long. Those can be Shungite stones, both regular and Elite, and Shungite jewellery, like Shungite necklaces, rings and earrings, which will successfully create a protective aura around you to shield you from EMF and 5G radiation.


What is geopathic stress? How does it affect us? How can Shungite help? 

The exposure to geopathic stress is a disturbing issue nowadays. Geopathic stress appears to be a result of spending time in specific zones where the natural energy of Earth is disturbed by weak electromagnetic fields (EMF) stemming from certain mineral concentrations, underground steams, electric networks, etc. Spending time in geopathic zones can lead to such symptoms of geopathic stress as headaches, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, weakened immune system which can affect our everyday life, wellbeing, and health. Shungite has proven to be a perfect solution when it comes to shielding yourself from geopathic stress and reducing the negative effects of the geopathic zones.

Note: Shungite Protection sets including Pyramids are the most useful and effective way of EMF and Geopathic Stress protection!

What does Shungite do with our energy?

Shungite does a lot of work to keep our energy in balance. This way it attracts positive energy inside of you and does its best to keep the unwanted energies away, protecting you from negativity, stress and tension.

What is Shungite water? What are the benefits of Shungite water?

Shungite is also widely used as a natural filtering instrument to clean and mineralize water. It is proven that consuming Shungite water provides a positive therapeutic effect and helps to cope with a great number of diseases including skin related problems, chronic respiratory issues, headaches, aches in joints and muscles as well as the problems with the digestive system. Shungite water is a great overall health booster and Shungite’s ability to mineralise and charge water makes it a great addition to, for example, cosmetic products, or it can help you to detox your body.


What type of Shungite is more efficient when it comes to Shungite water?

The amount of Shungite needed for making Shungite water depends on your choice of Shungite, both Elite and regular Shungite are widely applied. The difference between regular Shungite and Elite or noble Shungite is in the amount of organic carbon in it. Regular Shungite contains from 35 to 60 percent of organic carbon while the percentage of carbon in Elite Shungite is much higher - from 92 to 98 per cent. Thanks to this, Elite Shungite is more efficient in making energised water since it has a higher energy potential and therefore potentially more effective healing properties.

How to make Shungite water?

To make Shungite water please refer to the Earthstore Structured Water Guide.


How to make a Shungite bath?    

Shungite water is also designed for making Shungite baths that are very popular since taking a bath with Shungite water benefits your health, well-being, growth and recovery. To make a Shungite bath infuse 400-500 grams of Shungite stones into the bath with hot water and keep them there about for 15-20 minutes. Then take a healing bath and enjoy the positive changes Shungite gives to your physical and spiritual health. It is recommended to have a Shungite bath regularly, approximately three times a week.

How does Shungite affect water pH level?   

Shungite should lower pH levels of your drinking water. Shungite water’s pH after the first couple of hours is around 5,5, which makes it more acidic and they say it can be very healthy for external use to cure skin diseases, as well as for internal use to battle respiratory diseases, headaches, joint and muscle pains. After keeping Shungite in water for more than 6 hours, it should become a healthy alkaline water, with 7-7,5 pH, which is considered a good level for regular drinking water. Note: UK tap water should be between 6.5 and 9.5 and pH levels can vary significantly from region to region.

What is alkaline water?

Alkaline water is water with a high pH rating, meaning that it is more alkaline and less acidic than tap water. A neutral pH rating is a 7—anything above it is considered alkaline, whilst anything below it is considered acidic.

The pH rating of water can be changed by adding ingredients to it to make it more acidic or more alkaline. By drinking alkaline water, you can alkalise your own body, bringing it back into balance and doing away with the problems associated with having an acidic body. There are many recipes online about making alkaline water.


Mentioned in our drinking water guide, we serve customers at the Urban Wellness Hub with both alkaline water or Shungite water. The alkaline water we make is by using a special jug that removes many harmful contaminants and releases activated hydrogen into your water. There jugs are widely available online

How to cleanse my Shungite water stones?  

Also do the following procedure once a month or bimonthly to restore the filtering capacity of the stone. Use acidic water by mixing one litre of warm water with some acidic liquids, for example lemon juice in a proportion of one spoon of acid to a litre of water to clean the stones. Put your stones to the mix and keep it like this for several hours or more. It helps to get rid of artifacts on the surface of the stones that may have accumulated by immersion in your drinking water.


Elite Shungite powder use?

The main advantage of pure powder is that it’s a carrier of 100% natural and strongest anti-oxidants we know of. The mother stones of this rare mineral contain unique carbon and fullerenes, but the powder has the consistency of dust and can be dissolved in water or other liquids. Great care is needed when buying Shungite Powder e.g. if you blow on your hand with Elite Shungite dust on it, you create a black dust mist. None should be left on your hand !

Shungite powder is widely used in various spheres of human life i.e. Shungite powder is used in Spa treatment and rehabilitation. It is used to create dietary supplements and feeds in animal husbandry and agronomy. Many scientific studies in these areas confirm that supplements based on this mineral are really effective.  Refer to the Earthstore Shungite Powder Guide for its usage.

What is spiritual healing? How can Shungite be useful?

Shungite appears to be a powerful mineral when it comes to chakra balancing and neutralizing the negative bio energy that can surround us. It is widely applied in grounding techniques since it attracts positive energy to your bio field, protects you from harmful influences by neutralizing them and contributes to keeping your body and spirit in absolute harmony. 


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You can use Shungite for healing in a number of various ways. One of the most effective ways to bring Shungite healing into your life is through meditations. Meditations are awesome on their own and coupled with the power of Shungite it will be very efficient in energy balancing and attracting stable mental health and mood. You can use harmonizers, smaller spheres, Shungite eggs and regular and Elite stones – anything that fits comfortably in your hand.

Another powerful way of Shungite healing is through Shungite stone massage. By using Shungite massage stones, points and massage sticks you can contribute not only to spiritual but also to physical healing. With Shungite massage you will be able to treat skin diseases, disorders of cardiovascular and digestive systems and numerous muscle and joint pains.

Yet you should remember that Shungite healing is always with you any time you are using Shungite, whether you just carrying it around or wear it as jewellery, keep it at home or drink Shungite water. Also do not forget that crystal healing is just one piece of a large alternative medicine and you can always mix different practices for better results! 

How to balance Root Chakra with Shungite?


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Chakras are important hubs of energy in our bodies. They amass energy (both positive and negative) which has influence on different aspects of human life depending on what chakra it stimulates. For example, if your Heart Chakra is full of positive energy, then your love life will be in excellent shape. In the outside world there are different objects which can stimulate specific chakras. As our main focus are crystals and specifically Shungite, we should say that it mainly activates energy flows to the Root Chakra, which is responsible for our connection to the Earth and for overall state of the Chakra system.


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You can stimulate Root Chakra through meditating with Shungite harmonizers, wearing Shungite jewellery or through creating crystal grids with Shungite points which you can also use in meditations or in yoga exercises. These methods are the most effective, however, if you are simply carrying Shungite stones around or shield your household with Shungite items, it will all influence your Root Chakra. With your Root Chakra balanced, you will feel calm and relaxed, as well as more aware of your place in the world, your intentions, desires and ambitions. 

Does the shape of Shungite item has an influence over its properties?

It is of no surprise, that crystal shapes can transmit different energy and properties. The same goes for different Shungite items – its shape can various things. For example, if you wish to define your intentions or manifest your wishes, pyramids and points through their connection to the spiritual plain will become your best aid. If you wish to find balance and harmony, the best way to do it through meditations with spheres and Merkabahs’. To establish connection with the mother Earth you should use raw Elite Shungite nuggets and to shield your household it is most effective to use Shungite cubes. But it is also important to remember to trust your own gut – if you feel that you are connected to some Shungite items more than to the others that means that they resonate with your own energy and that should be your certain choice.

What is the difference between polished and non-polished Shungite?

Both polished and non-polished items are widely applied since they provide the same effects no matter whether you use either of them. To put is simply, polished and non-polished items are the same in terms of their efficiency when it comes to Shungite properties, but they differ in the way they look.        


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Polished items have a deep black colour, they are shiny and attractive. Non-polished items range from light grey to black and sometimes you can see golden or silver streaks of pyrite or infusions of other minerals. Besides, non-polished items are more frequent to leave black residue because their surface is basically closer to raw Shungite.

The only difference between polished and non-polished items is in water filtering and purification processes and energy balancing. Non-polished items tend to have higher filtering capacity and higher energy and power since they have raw surface in comparison with polished ones, and it is believed that the stones and crystals in their raw form are immensely powerful. However, it is recommended to use Elite Shungite nuggets for both water purification and spiritual healing, and Elite Shungite is usually used in its raw form without being subject to carving or polishing since it is very fragile.


How to check the authenticity of Shungite?


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You should always make sure that the Shungite you have ordered is an authentic one.

If Shungite is selling cheaply online then most probably you should steer clear of that seller and buy from a trusted source. Ask for authentication such as the mineral composition certificate or QA (quality assurance) certificates, which will have been provided by the mine or an authorised mine wholesaler. The Earthstore is restricted from making its certificates available publicly on their website but are available upon request from a customer. Our marketing agreement does not permit publishing any mine documentation online.


Alternatively, the authenticity of the Shungite pieces can be checked with a simple test. One unique way of authentic Shungite is an electrical conductive test. You can take a battery, bulb and two wires and make a simple electrical loop, connecting battery to bulb with one wire and another connecting the bulb with a Shungite stone. The Shungite is authentic if you see the bulb light up due to the high-carbon conductive content in Shungite, which is exceedingly rare among stones. 


I have received an Elite Shungite nugget, but it seems to me that there is rust on the stone. Does it mean that my Shungite is fake?


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If you have received an Elite Shungite nugget and it has rust in it, you should not worry. The rust in your Elite Shungite is the result of the crystal corrosion and oxidsation or chemical erosion of the stone which is quite common. Sometimes Shungite nuggets become a little rusted if they are being used for water purification, or they come with iron infusions that are the source of rust. It is a normal chemical process. If it bothers you, you can get rid of rust by yourself using a needle or a toothbrush but keep in mind that even with a little rust the Shungite stones are safe.

Shungite that I receive leaves black stains on my skin and clothes. Is there a way to clean the stones to get rid of residue?

If your Shungite leaves black stains, don’t be alarmed. Authentic regular Shungite stones in their raw form leave black residue due to the high carbon proportion in them. We recommend washing Shungite pieces carefully under warm water to get rid of micro-dust and powder, which leaves those stains, as well as to cleanse the stones before using it. After you have washed it several times, the amount of residue will significantly diminish.



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Shungite that I received has infusions of brown, grey or golden colours. Does it mean that my Shungite is fake?

If your Shungite piece has different infusions, don’t panic. It normal that Shungite stones can have infusions of other minerals, including golden-coloured pyrite. It does not mean that your Shungite mineral is fake, it means that in the place where the stone was mined there were veins of other minerals nearby. Just enjoy your stone, especially since with other minerals, it can have additional properties of those minerals.


How to cleanse and charge Shungite?

Your Shungite stones can be used repeatedly if you regularly clean and recharge the crystals. To clean the Shungite products wash your Shungite pieces under warm running water for several minutes or place Shungite under direct sunlight for the whole day. You can also charge your Shungite in its water jug. The same can be done with the moonlight and the whole night. You can also clean it with candlelight and incense smoke. Another important aspect of crystal cleansing is using power of other crystals which have cleansing properties. These actions will clean and recharge your Shungite pieces and will allow you to use it effectively again.


The Science – for those interested….

From a scientific point of view, Shungite is a fullerene-like, non-graphite carbonaceous substance. Shungite is a rare form of minerals. A feature of this mineral is its unique chemical composition, the main element of which is a unique form of carbon. Shungite fullerene it is form of carbon that is contained in Shungite stone. Even more unique this mineral makes the fact that this mineral is extracted only in one place on earth. This region is the Republic of Karelia in Russia. Currently, it is the only natural material on the planet earth in which fullerenes were discovered in their natural state.

Discovery of fullerenes

Fullerenes are a rather unusual class of molecules that represent one of the forms of carbon existence (the so-called allotropic modifications). The well-known diamond and graphite are also nothing but different allotropic forms of carbon. Fullerenes in Shungite are in the form of molecules C60 and C70

The discovery of fullerenes is one of the clearest examples of the predictive power of science: back in the 70s, theoretical quantum chemical calculations were made, predicting the existence of such molecules, but only in 1985 they were first discovered in the study of graphite vapours after its laser irradiation. Later these allotropic forms have been identified in the earth’s natural minerals. To be more precise — it is a one-of-a-kind mineral – Shungite. FACT: recently it was found that these unique carbon balls are even in the outer nebulae of space.


Structural state of fullerene-like forms of carbon

The current understanding of the structural state of fullerene-like forms of carbon and their relationship to Genesis is very uncertain.

Published papers present often contradictory results about the conditions of their synthesis and structure. There is no consensus about the origin of the fullerenes found in various rocks. This situation is caused both by problems in analysing fullerenes and by the fact that natural non-crystalline carbon matter is much more complex than its crystalline forms.


Use of fullerenes

Physicists and chemists have found many uses for fullerenes. This are used in the synthesis of new compounds in optics, the production of conductors and in the fields of fundamentals. Also, applied Sciences with use in atomic structure. 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. This gave a new vector of development of the use of fullerenes for the benefit of human health. In 2012 the publication was published, which attracted the attention of gerontologists — specialists working on the problems of aging. In this work, Tarek Baati and co-authors demonstrated impressive results — rats fed a suspension of fullerenes in olive oil, lived twice as long as usual, and, moreover, showed increased resistance to toxic factors.


Shungite fullerenes in water

Fullerenes in Shungite were found as molecules C60 and C70. It was found that the unusual molecules have a hydrated form, allowing them to dissolve in water. Perhaps this is an explanation for the theories in the field of scientific studies of the beneficial properties of water that has been in contact with this mineral. Also, as Shungite suspensions, which are obtained by mixing with olive oil. There are two types of Shungite in Karelia. It is classic and elite.

Exceptionally clean water in a natural reservoir, one of the cleanest in the world (cleaner than Lake Baikal) – is lake Onega. Because the lake bottom and banks are composed of Shungite.


Perhaps the solution to the problems of providing high-quality drinking water to all the inhabitants of the Mother Earth should be looked at by natural filtration through the integrated use of various filtering minerals such as zeolite and particularly Shungite.


9 Lake Onega Karelia, Russia: the cleanest natural water lake in the world


10 One of the incredibly old water filled Shungite mines

A note from the Earthstore authors:

This document has been constructed using materials following research on many websites including scientific journals, scientific publications, scientific papers published on Fullerenes and Carbon, Russian State organisation’s websites, mining websites, as well as specialist ‘expert knowledge’ individuals and their websites, for which I am incredibly grateful.


Earthstore sells a range of Shungite items, structured water packs, pyramids, cubes, necklaces, tumble stones, gravel, powder, and raw ore chunks. Mobile phone, tablet, and TV sticker plates.


Authenticity is guaranteed and our Shungite certification can be provided if required to registered buyers, please email us for the information.


Disclaimer: The stated opinions related to health and wellness benefits within this document are not necessarily those held by Earthstore.

Crystal therapy and energy medicine are not a substitute for medical care nor mental health treatment. Please always seek professional medical advice.


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