Choose what size gram package you would like, and you will receive multiple pieces that vary in weight from 3-7grams each.
The Elite Shungite makes up less than 1% of all Shungite found making it very rare and unique. This Elite Shungite has an understated beauty that has an 'out of this world' feel to it. It exhibits no micro texture, is deceptively light in weight and has the appearance of solidified liquid with a semi-metallic shine. Due to its extreme brittleness, Grade 1 Shungite is extremely difficult to polish and therefore nearly all Shungite of this grade is only available in rough natural form. It is usually found in small pieces, therefore larger pieces (above 100g) of the Elite Shungite are extremely rare.
It is believed that Shungite was formed from the first signs of life on earth; Organisms that lived in the oceans and lagoons around 2 billion years ago, long before pollutants and contaminants. The lagoons in Karelia were rich in organisms and were saturated with minerals and salts. The remains of these organisms built up and mixed with mud and silt to form layers of sediment. With the rise in the earth temperature, these organic materials were transformed into hydrocarbons in the form of petroleum or bitumen that metamorphosed into the Elite Shungite we see today.
To grasp a bigger picture on why Shungite has become of huge interest, it’s important to understand the researched molecular structure of the rock. In 1985 a discovery was made into a new chemical structure of carbon that electrified the scientific world.
In addition to the well known carbon forms of graphite and diamond there is now a series of closed caged molecules of pure carbon, known as fullerenes. A fullerene is a pure carbon molecule composed of at least 60 atoms of carbon (C60) that form a hollow, cage like structure. The arrangement of the atoms produces pentagonal and hexagonal shapes that are joined together, taking on a shape similar to a football. Their hollow spherical structure, reminiscent of the geodesic domes of architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, earned them the names ‘Buckyballs' and ‘Fullerenes'.
Despite all the published work done on fullerenes, there remain many unresolved questions about their identity and formation in geological environments. This has puzzled scientists since 1985 when they accidently discovered the fullerene molecule in a research laboratory among the by-products of laser-vaporised graphite. In 1992 Peter Buseck reported the discovery of organic, natural fullerenes in Grade 1 Shungite.
It is said that one of Shungite’s greatest assets is its ability to protect us from electromagnetic radiation. In our modern society we are continuously bombarded by harmful radiation due to the rapid development of technology, and our demand for it in our lives. It is suggested Shungite neutralises the harmful effects of toxic electric fields, electromagnetic fields and pulsed electromagnetic fields which are emitted from mobile phones, computers, cordless phones and Wi-Fi hot spots.