Most geologists now agree that the Shungite deposit was created by layers & layers of ancient organic remains and was created long before animals roamed the earth. It is estimated to be about 2 Billion years old.
There are two types: Elite Shungite and Classical Shungite.
Elite shungite is a rare stone, making up just 1% of the Shungite. It gets its name from its discovery deposit-site near the Shun’ga village in Karelia, Russia and is more than 98% pure carbon. Elite Shungite is silver-gray or black with glassy surfaces. It does not leave stains or rub off on the skin. Due to its high carbon content Elite Shungite is lighter in weight than the classical type, which consists of 5-60% carbon.
Shungite is different than other forms of carbon such as graphite or diamond ~ the carbon molecules in Shungite are called fullerenes. The Fullerene molecule is the roundest and most symmetrical large molecule known. In fact, the Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery of the Fullerene molecule.
Quantum physics shows that the energy of Shungite spins in a clockwise direction. All types of toxins in food, water, etc spin counterclockwise. When confronted by Shungite’s clockwise spin, the toxic molecules self-destruct as they begin to resonate or vibrate in unison with the Shungite.
In regards to health benefits, fullerenes are the most powerful and long-acting antioxidants known. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2676811/ )
They filter and restructure water in the body. They normalize cellular metabolism, increase enzyme activity, and strengthen the stability of cells. All body processes have the opportunity to work better in the presence of fullerenes. Therefore, the higher the percentage of carbon, the more fullerenes are present.
****There are numerous web articles that make a lot of unfounded claims about Shungite. Some say it can do EVERYTHING & cure ALL, however the following has been scientifically proven.
FACT: “Shungite is an effective sorbent for removal of organic and inorganic substances, pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals from contaminated water.” ~ as quoted from respected scientific source: Science Direct. In other words, it purifies water & has anti-bacterial properties.
After thoroughly washed, Elite Shungite (98% carbon) ~ not the un-pure varieties or the varieties that are only 30—50% carbon ~ is totally safe to put directly in your water-glass.
FACT: Shungite with a higher percentage of fullerenes has a unique property of being able to conduct energy.
It has also been reported by people using Shungite that it:
- aligns with the Earth Star Chakra and Root Chakra
- very grounding
- boosts the immune system
- improves general overall health & vitality
- transmutes & shields from negativity
BEWARE: In the past “Shungite” meant that the rock was 98% pure carbon, but recently sellers have taken to applying the name to any rock that has some Shungite included. So, be sure to ask the seller about the purity of their Shungite & if they’re not sure, move on to someone else.
Elite shungite is very fragile and is only found in the raw form. It is used mainly to treat water or for its energetic properties in crystal therapy. Elite shungite has higher carbon content and therefore has stronger bioenergy. Tumbled stones, spheres, pyramids, beads are made from Classical Shungite, with the smaller percentage of carbon (ie Fullerenes).