Shungite jewellery has become increasingly popular in the past few years as people discover it. Shungite is a rare black stone made of up to 99 percent carbon. It’s mainly found in Shunga, a village in Karelia, Russia.
The stone has a unique composition. It contains fullerenes, or 3-D spherical molecules made of 60 carbon atoms. These molecules are hollow and sometimes called buckyballs. Along with fullerenes, shungite consists of nearly all the minerals on the periodic table.
The Origin of Shungite
The origin of shungite is a mystery. Typically, materials made of carbon come from decayed organic substances like old forests. But the stone is thought to be at least 2 billion years old. This is believed to date before organic life existed on the planet. This is a source of puzzlement to many people. They are unable to fathom how this unusual material has appeared in nature and what is more, it has been found in very few locations on the planet.
How is Shungite used?
Historically, shungite has been used in water purification and filtration. This is due to its unique properties. A Bulgarian study which was published in the European Journal of Medicine reported that Shungite can be used, “for many practical applications in many branches of science and industry.” Link to Study
Some people strongly believe that shungite has healing qualities and that wearing it can protech against some forms of radiation. This is the subject of ongoing scientific research. It is also said to have medicinal properties and has been used as an antioxidant.
However, not to be left out is the increasing use of wearable items such as shungite jewellery.
Our Shungite Jewellery
Our geometrical shaped Shungite pendant is your go-to jewellery for looking on trend. Wrapped in copper wire gives this stone extra lustre. Hung onto an adjustable cotton waxed cord, this is a beautiful, elegant addition to your ensemble. See more
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