Stone of the Month April 2021: Shungite
In nature everything is growing and thriving, the first tender shoots make way for lush green. Buds are bursting open, blossoms are turning nature into a rapture of colors. Vitality is in the air. The strength and power the plants and animals collected
during winter have only one goal: Development and growth!
Shungite motivates us to various new experiences and supports the balance of our inner contradictions and personality traits. Investments in our future, which can also mean temporary sacrifice, are easier to plan and execute: Decisions, that lead
to future success, are supported.
Drilled tumbled stones, stringed beads, donuts, spheres, eggs, plates and many more items made of shungite can be found here in our webshop for retailers.
Scientific Profile Schungite
Chemical Formula: Elemental carbon (C)
Mineral Class: Natural Elements
Origin: Sedimentary coal rock, is formed by the coalification of algae in the rotting sludge and is therefore also called "algae coal"
Color, Luster: Black, greasy, resinous and sometimes almost metallic luster, dull as rock, often stains.
Crystal System: amorphous
Mohs Hardness: 3.5 to 4
Cleavage: No cleavage, conchoidal or granular-uneven fracture.
Occurrence, Main Supplying Countries: Shunga region in Russia (Lake Onega in Karelia and at Lake Ladoga) and eastern Finland. Other places of occurrence are Spain (Leon region) and India. Schungite is mostly found in areas where oil shales
also occur. The commercially available Schungite rough stones, tumbled stones, jewelry etc. comes almost exclusively from the Shunga region, which also gave the Schungite its name.
Appearance: Dark, compact coal in dense masses, very light and partly highly lustrous in almost pure state. Rather fine-grained dark gray than Schungite-bearing argillaceous rock, partly with recognizable fine sediment layers.
Uses: Schungite is used as a color pigment and is used as a substitute for activated carbon in filters. However, the latter is controversial, as the release of harmful hydrocarbons cannot be ruled out, which must also be taken into account
when using Schungite as a water stone (see below).
Synonyms: Schungite Coal, Inostranzeff's Schungite, Algae Coal.
Schungite as Water Stone
When preparing Schungite water, the only advisable methods of preparation are the induction method or the test-tube method e.g. with a vital stick, because in this way there is no direct contact between the Schungite stone and the water. Also well suited is
energizing the water with the help of a Schungite plate on which the jar or glass is placed.
Other Uses for Schungite
Schungite pyramids and spheres, plates and cubes made of Schungite have an energizing effect on working, living and sleeping areas. In addition to the energetic and decorative effects, objects made of Schungite are popularly used to counteract electromagnetic
radiation and are placed next to computers or laptops.
Allocation and Use
In recent years, Schungite has become one of the most popular minerals in crystal healing. On a spiritual level, it promotes the achievement of plans. Destructive thoughts and old habits can be released more easily through Schungite, so that promising
plans can be developed. It is used as an energetic protective stone that absorbs negative energies. Similar to rock crystal, Schungite supports the effect of other healing stones.
Schungite also encourages to make diverse and new experiences, to leave traditional paths and thus to implement personal wishes and plans. In that way a stable material basis for the future can also be created. The mineral supports the equalization of
inner contradictions and personality traits. Investments in the future, which can also mean momentary sacrifice, are easier to plan and implement; decisions that lead to later success are supported.
Schungite pyramids and spheres, plates, cuboids and cubes made of Schungite are used to energize working, living and sleeping areas. In addition to the energetic and decorative effect, objects made of Schungite are often used as a counterbalance against
electromagnetic radiation and placed next to computers or laptops. As a charm stone and as a jewelry stone, Schungite is available in many variants, e.g. as a pendant, necklace, amulet, palmstone, as a bracelet or as gemstone prayer chains.
Astrology and Chakras
Schungite acts particularly on the first, the root chakra. In astrology, the Schungite is assigned to Saturn and Capricorn.
Very Special: Elite Shungite
Characteristic for the elite Shungite are the metallic luster
and the extremely high carbon content.
Elite shungite is very difficult to work with because the mineral splinters easily. If it is drilled very carefully, it can be worn as a drilled pendant stone or provided with a pin eyelet. Unlike Shungite, elite Shungite cannot be cut into
shape (e.g. pyramids, sphere and cubes).
Little Sister, Big Brother: Charcoal, Anthracite, Jet
Related minerals of Shungite are Coal, Anthracite and Jet. All these rocks consist mostly of carbon and are of organic origin. They differ in age and in the process of formation. In the case of Schungite, it is assumed that it was formed from decaying
mud of marine algae in the Precambrian era about 600 million years ago.
Due to their very similar formation and composition, anthracite and jet are often used as alternative stones in crystal healing. The amorphous coal stone is used mainly in situations where the improvement of life circumstances by own efforts is required.
Disappointments can be overcome and burdensome things can be let go, so that confidence and trust can grow.
Schungite and the Flower of Life
The "Flower of Life" is an ancient symbol and ornament whose use can be documented thousands of years ago. It is often combined with Schungite products and embossed in gold or silver color on plates, pendants and pyramids. The spiritual meaning
of this symbol is that of a protective amulet, which is also used to energize water, to remove interference suppression from rooms and to protect against electrosmog. The helpful properties of Schungite therefore complement those of the flower of
Historical Facts and Myths about Schungite
Schungite (also spelt Shungite) was named by the Russian paleontologist Alexander Alexandrovich Inostrantsev (1843-1919) after the finding site Shunga on the west coast of Lake Onega in 1880. According to a Russian legend, Xenia Ivanovna, the mother of
Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov, the founder of the Romanov dynasty, fell ill with epilepsy. Peasants are said to have shown her a medicinal spring that sprang from a black stone (it was Schungite). After drinking the water, Xenia recovered from her illness
and later gave birth to a healthy son – the future tsar Mikhail I. The Schungite medicinal spring fell into oblivion initially. It was not until 100 years later that it was rediscovered under Peter the Great (1672-1725) and has been used ever since.
The water is said to have wide-ranging healing properties.