Originally found around Lake Onega in Shun'ga area in Russia. Shungite is highly condensed carbonaceous mineraloid that is steely black in appearance. The name is also used for rocks that contain shungite. Due to its high carbon content shungite is used for water purification. It has been used as a folk medicine for several hundred years.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Countries of Origin
Austria; Russian Federation; Unknown; United States of America; Congo (the Democratic Republic of the); India
Peter the Great believed in the water purifying properties of shungite that he built thermal baths on the shungite stone deposits in Karelia, Russia.
Gentle care, moderately soft. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners