Shungite came out on the new age stone-lovers scene several years ago and made quite a big splash.
I’m not sure why it suddenly became so popular but it’s not usually listed in the older, more popular crystal property books so people are often left wondering and asking me lots and lots of questions about it.
There are numerous web articles out there that make lots of unfounded claims so I really felt the need to finally get this blog post out there.
Raw Shungite Stone. By Amrith.de (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
What is this stone?
Estimated to be about 2 BILLION years old, shungite gets its name from its discovery deposit site near the Shun’ga village in Karelia, Russia and some say can be up to 98% pure carbon. That’s quite pure.
Location of Shun’ga village, Karelia, Russia. Credit: Google Maps.