In this article we will explore the different types of Shungite that you can find.
We are getting asked more and more often about the types of Shungite that we offer. We have also seen on other websites wrong information that is leading people astray. So here is a quick explanation of the 3 types of Shungite we sell.
Also known as Type 1 Shungite or Noble Shungite – This is easy to distinguish and ONLY comes in a raw nugget form. This is due to the structure of it, making it entirely unsuitable for shaping. If you are offered something in a shape, like a pyramid, and told it is Elite, you can bet that it is not Elite.
We have seen fake Elite in the marketplace, indeed we have even bought some fake from a person whom we visited. We KNEW it was fake when we were buying it. How did we know? Firstly it looked wrong. Elite Shungite will never be perfect. It will have a bit of Jarosite on it or it will be easy to break a small piece of. These are the hallmarks of Elite Shungite. Secondly, it was CHEAP. I know the price for Elite Shungite. We have been buying and selling it for over 5 years and the prices this guy was offering to sell it was cheaper than I could buy.
I have linked a few other articles above, have a look at the fake articles so you know what to look out for, and if in doubt only buy your Elite Shungite from Shungite Masters where we guarantee the quality and authenticity of every piece we sell.
Do you know how this type of Shungite got its name?
Petrovsky Shungite is named after Peter the Great, Russian Tsar of all Russia from 1682. He was the first Emperor of all Russia from 1721 until his death in 1725. He reigned jointly with his half-brother Ivan V until 1696. From this year, Peter was an absolute monarch who remained the ultimate authority. You can read more here.
Peter was the founder of the city of Petrozavodsk in Karelia, Russia, where Shungite deposits are found. Petrovsky Shungite has a higher carbon content than regular Shungite, which gives it a deep grey colour and a unique lustre.
This is a dark grey and not as shiny as Elite. In fact most Petrovsky is not shiny at all. It is also EXTREMELY rare now to be found online and is not sold very often, other than in bracelet form. Some websites are claiming that they are selling Petrovsky shapes. I would be very careful about this. Firstly, it is rare for Petrovsky shapes to be in the market. Secondly, it is not that much cheaper than Elite, so if you are offered Petrovsky, at a reasonable price, you can be pretty sure it is not Petrovsky, probably the Regular Black Shungite.
This is black in colour and is the main type you will see sold, shaped into pyramids, cubes and spheres and made into pendants and bracelets. This is the most common Shungite in the marketplace.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is no good. Regular Shungite can contain up to 70% of carbon that contains the C60 fullerenes. It is a great cost effective way to get into Shungite. We adorn our house with lots of regular Shungite pyramids, spheres and cubes.