We now stock certified genuine Elite Noble Shungite, imported directly from our supplier based in Karelia, Russia near the original Shungite mine itself! Shungite is a fascinating, extremely rare stone with a long list of properties, including purifying water, anti-inflammation, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, protecting from EMF (Electro-magnetic frequency radiation) and relieving emotional stress.
THE MAGICAL RABITHOLE OF AWESOMENESS
By page 11 of my notes into the research of Shungite and Fullerenes, I decided to name this article “SHUNGITE: THE MAGICAL RABITHOLE INTO AWESOMENESS” after my brain had been melted by yet another medical study calmly discussing truly sci-fi sounding nano scientific properties that fullerenes possess. I realised I was going to have to find a way to sum this all up for you guys in a way that didn’t require having 20 tabs open on your computer screen following one study to the next to understand the awesomeness of Shungite, while still succinctly carrying over the facts.
So, here’s my brain-melted sum-up:
WHAT IS SHUNGITE?
- Shungite is a black, lustrous, amorphous (non-crystalline) stone consisting mineralogically of almost pure carbon. It also contains trace amounts of fullerenes.
- First described from a deposit near Shunga Village in Karelia, Russia, from where it gets its name. It is mainly found in Russia.
- Shungite is generally identified as either Elite Shungite / Noble Shungite, or Classic Shungite depending on the percentage of carbon content in the rock.
- It contains trace amounts of fullerenes – rare and fascinating particles which originally scientists thought were only synthetically made.
- Shungite is believed to be at least 600 million to 2 billion years old.
- AKA: Schungite, Schungit, Shungit
CARBON IN SHUNGITE
Carbon, the primary content of Shungite, is the building material for our planet and the basis of all living organisms on Earth. It has the most Allotropes (i.e. modifications) of all the elements. Common examples of Carbon Allotropes include:
- Carbyne and
- The special Fullerenes
Fullerenes are these super cool soccer ball shaped formations of the element Carbon, the basis for all life on Earth. Generally, they consist of 60, 70 or more carbon atoms (referred to as C60, C70 or Cn) bonded on 3 ends as opposed to the usual 4. Initially, they were only theorised to exist. Then, they were accidentally synthesized in a laboratory in the 90’s, winning the scientists involved a Nobel Prize for their efforts. Finally, fullerenes were (again accidentally) discovered to actually exist in nature in – you guessed it – Shungite bearing rocks. To this day, the primary occurrence of Shungite (and its naturally occurring fullerenes) is in Russia where it was initially discovered, and remains rare in nature.
THE ORIGIN OF SHUNGITE
The origin of Shungite was shrouded in mystery for many years. Typically, carbon based structures occur through decayed organic matter like ancient forests. But since some Shungite rock is dated at around 2 billion years old, this means it had to have formed before organic life on earth! Some theories to its origins include:
- Life seeded from space! A large meteorite collided into Earth and deposited it into the ground.
- Shungite formed due to microorganisms in nearby water, such as swamp or wetland conditions.
- The composition of organic matter in sedimentary rocks changed over time – perhaps the growth of mycorrhizal networks of emerging fungi.
In 2010, the spectral signatures of C60 and C70 were observed by NASA’s Spitzer infrared telescope in a cloud of cosmic dust surrounding a star 6500 light years away. According to astronomer Letizia Stanghellini, “It’s possible that buckyballs from outer space provided seeds for life on Earth.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullerene
It’s currently accepted by most scientists that Shungite was most likely formed from emerging fungi / microorganisms rather than space – but I much prefer the fun of that one 😉
SHUNGITE USED SINCE ANCIENT TIMES
Peter the Great (former Emperor of all Russias) is generally credited with bringing Russia into the modern age during his time as czar, from 1682 – 1725. Aside from implementing a variety of reforms including revamping the Russian calendar and alphabet, he also built Russia’s first healing spa – using Shungite. Before science had even accepted that fullerenes could exist, the former Emperor had also used this magical stone to purify water for the whole Russian army, since he was well aware of its unique anti-bacterial, anti viral, anti inflammatory and all round purifying and healing properties.
Science does however eventually tend to catch up with magic, and today there are a wealth of studies being conducted on the nanotechnology applications of fullerenes in everything from a targeted treatment delivery system in the human body, to armour, water purification systems, radiation shielding and more. With its naturally occurring trace elements of fullerenes (C60), this stone is possibly one of the most scientifically researched rocks around, and it has really incredible healing and purification properties.
“Due to its specific physical and chemical properties, shungite is widely used in metallurgy, water purification, thermolysis, etc. Shungite is also a sorbent for removal of many pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals from contaminated water.”Krasnovyd, Serhii Volodymyrovich et al. “Local structure and paramagnetic properties of the nanostructured carbonaceous material shungite.” Nanoscale research letters vol. 10
- Kill bacteria & viruses: destroying harmful pathogens by damaging the cell walls of bacteria and viruses.
- Purify water: studies have shown that it can filter water by removing contaminants and organic substances like pesticides, and even radioactive compounds.
- Reduce oxidative stress: while additional research is required, initial study shows that it has strong antioxidant properties and can potentially reverse oxidative stress and skin damage.
- Reduce Inflammation: applied topically in solution has been found to lower levels of inflammatory markers, including cytokines, or proteins involved in inflammation.
- Shielding: Some believe that it can potentially protect you from EMF radiation emitted from cellphones, modems and other electronic devices in the home and office.
- Insulation: In the 1970’s it was used to make a substance called shungisite which was used as a low density filler in insulation.
DOES SHUNGITE BLOCK EMF & 5G?
From a metaphysical standpoint (i.e. the alternative community), Shungite has probably been most noted for its superior ability to *block EMF (electro-magnetic field/frequency) – which is a type of radiation emitted by all things electronic, from your cellphone to your modem to your microwave. There’s been a lot of hype and confusion around the launch of 5G – and while we prefer not to take a stance on the situation as it stands, we can definitely recommend this stone as your best go-to for protection and purification.
*Note: EMF radiation sensitivity or negative effects caused by exposure to EMF have yet to be proven by science, despite many blind studies. It is illegal to market any products as “EMF shielding”. – Read this Wiki for more info and links to the studies etc, if you’d like to investigate the studies done for yourself. Personally, I am not EMF sensitive, however I still take steps to protect myself and my environment from as much electronic noise & radiation as possible, simply because I don’t like the idea of it on an intuitive level. I can’t see how it is *good* for us, even if they haven’t been able to prove (yet?) that it’s not explicitly *bad* for us. That’s my call, and yours is up to you 🙂
HOW TO USE SHUNGITE
We’ve currently got a Shungite pyramid on our internet modem, as well as the cellphone discs on our phones, and Russ & I are both wearing a beautiful rough piece of Elite Noble necklaces. We are also planning to use the Classic as water purification here on the Mystic Cat Farmstead.
- Wear as jewellery, or carry on your person or even in your bag or pocket
- Use to grid your property, home, office or specific areas
- Use in healing grids on grid mats or on-the-body healing
- Put on your electronic equipment (like your cellphone, modem, computer etc)
- Make purified water for drinking
- Place next to your bed for a good night’s rest, or use in your sacred space during meditation for its purification and protection properties.
CURRENTLY IN STOCK
Have a look at some of the awesome range of stock at The Mystic Cat! Our Shungite is imported directly from Karelia, Russia and is certified genuine!
Shungite, Elite Noble Natural Pendant 3R480.00
Shungite, Elite Natural Pendant 1R480.00
Shungite Engraved Pendant Yin YangR280.00
Shungite Engraved Pendant OmR280.00
Shungite Engraved Pendant ValknutR280.00
Shungite Engraved Pendant AwenR280.00
Shungite Pendant RectangleR260.00
Shungite Pendant Shiva LingamR260.00
Shungite Pendant Crescent MoonR260.00
Shungite Pendant TriangleR260.00
Shungite Pendant Long TriangleR260.00
Shungite Round Bead BraceletR480.00
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