July Rock of the Month

This addition of the Rock of the Month will focus on a personal favorite of mine, a stone known as the “Stone of Life”….Shungite.

Shungite will traditionally be a black to silver-black color. It has a hardness of 3.5 to 4.0. This makes this particular stone a relatively soft rock, so it’s uses in rings isn’t as common.

Shungite get’s its name from the location in which it is mined. Shunga, a town in Northern Russia. This is also the only place where this stone can be found.

Shungite itself is believed to be around 2 billion years old. It is an extremely rare mineral, in that it is the only know mineral to be composed of fullerenes.

Fullerenes are unique and pure carbon form, consisting of at least 60 atoms and is known to be spherical in shape and hollow. It’s spherical shape has been compared to soccer balls and is sometimes called Buckyballs. These fullerenes give the Shungite its protective qualites. Qualities that allow it to protect against radiation, electromagnetic and geopathic stresses, and has found tremendous success throughout history as a water purifier. It also has the ability to absorb pesticides, free radicals, viruses and bacteria.

Czar Peter the Great, utilized these healing properties in springs 54 km north of Petrozavodsk. Here in 1719 he founded the first Russian spa resort known as Marcial Waters. These mineral springs owed their favorable properties to the abundant Shungite in the area. It purified the water, transferring its unique properties into the water allowing it to have an almost miracle effect on those around it.

Mystically and spiritually Shungite has always been looked upon quite favorably. As a grounding and protection stone it is believed to be able to bring spiritual energies into the body and allows you to be anchored to the earth. This mixture of spiritual absorption and grounding to the earth has given Shungite the ability to help calm and relax those using it or even those nearby it. In terms of its relation to Chakra, it is related to the root Chakra.

Usages of Shungite include it’s use as a water purifier, it has a predominant usage in crystal healing and Reiki. It also has been used in various pieces of jewelry. Crystal wands, cabochons, pendants, earrings, rings, tumbled stones, and cubes are all common.

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We ourselves have had a tremendous amount of fun when working with Shungite in the past. Our site always has quite a few of these pieces on sale. Here are a few of the pieces of Shungite we have had in our store. Check them out, and share with us any pieces of Shungite you have. Sound off in the comments.

Links to Current Shungite Items in Shop:

Shungite Palm Stones

Shungite Wands