Easy Steps to Check the Authenticity of Shungite

Posted by Karelian_Heritage 28/12/2016 19 Comment(s) Shungite 101,


      One of the most frequently asked questions is about the authenticity of our shungite products. It is a really important issue because only genuine shungite stones possess all these unique properties shungite known for.


      Trying to increase their profits many modern entrepreneurs create different fraudulent schemes and sell some other black materials under the guise of authentic shungite. Quite often it is just shungite schist or shungizite. Obviously, the price of “fake” shungite is much lower for entrepreneurs but it doesn’t mean that it will be cheaper for customers. Besides, fake shungite stones don’t have any positive impact on the human body and sometimes can even do harm. Therefore, it is crucial to be able to distinguish authentic shungite stones from fake ones by yourself to avoid frauds and not to damage your health. Here is our simple advice.


Authenticity at a glance


      First and foremost, you should know how genuine shungite looks. There are three different types of shungite (I, II, and III) in terms of the proportion of carbon in stones’ composition. Type III and type II shungite known as regular shungite contain from 30 to 50 and from 50 to 90 percent of carbon respectively.


         Would like to find out more about Petrovsky (type II) shungite? Follow this link!


      Raw regular shungite is a grayish color mineral. When it is brushed but not polished it has dull black color with a grey shade. And, finally, when it is polished authentic regular shungite becomes a rich black mineral with some bright shade.


      Type I shungite is called elite shungite and it contains up to 98 percent of organic carbon. It differs greatly from regular shungite stones and has a shiny silvery surface with a metallic luster. In order to check the authenticity of raw elite shungite (type I) you can assess its solidity. Elite shungite is a very fragile material. It is sometimes even called glassy carbon. Thus, if a stone breaks into small pieces in your hands it is an authentic shungite. But you should remember that it is true only for raw elite shungite stones since regular shungite has a rather solid structure. Besides, any further processing increases the firmness of the item.


      Moreover, it is necessary to mention that both polished and non-polished regular shungite stones may leave small black stains on your clothes and skin. The reason for it is a high amount of carbon in shungite’s composition. Therefore, it is a natural property of the mineral and can be an additional verifying sign of the authenticity of the product. To get rid of this black residue you can just wash your shungite items carefully under warm running water. It is particularly important for pendants or other items with holes where shungite after-production dust can stock.


      However, you should take into account that quite often polishing and other manufacturing procedures help to avoid any black stains. So if your shungite products don’t make your hands or clothes dirty it doesn’t mean that they are made of fake shungite stones.



      In addition, speaking about different types of shungite it’s necessary to point out that shungite stones of all three types are authentic. They are just applied for different purposes. Regular shungite stones also are more available. The major part of shungite mined in the Republic of Karelia is regular shungite while the deposits of elite shungite are really scarce. Besides, regular shungite stones can be easily polished and shaped. That’s why all shaped shungite products at the market, such as pyramids, spheres, jewelry items, are made of them.


      Although the black color is the first distinguishing sign of genuine shungite, it may be impure and often has infusions of brown, gray, or golden colors. These are infusions of other minerals, for example, golden-colored pyrite, that is found in the same layer as shungite.


      Thus, if you notice strings of these colors going through your pyramid, sphere or any other shungite item it doesn’t mean the stone is not authentic. This tells us that the piece of the stone which was used for making your item had infusions of pyrite. This is more visible when the item is not polished or if the polishing of the item gets worse after the period of intensive use of the item.


More sophisticated testings


      However, it may be hard even for sophisticated specialists to distinguish genuine shungite from the fake one at a glance. There is a rather simple but reliable method to check shungite authenticity by means of a small experiment. It is all about the electrical conductivity all original shungite stones have. High electrical conductivity, which is not typical of rocks, is caused by a high proportion of carbon and iron impurities in shungite’s composition.


      To put it shortly, in order to tell authentic shungite from any kind of imitations you just need a battery, a bulb, and two wires. Then you need to create an electric streamline from the battery to the bulb. One wire should be connected to the battery and the other – to the bulb. Now you should place a shungite stone or any shungite item between them. If shungite is authentic, the bulb lightens. To simplify the process you can find an ohmmeter or multimeter and make all necessary measurements.


      One more sign of shungite authenticity is the price. Genuine shungite cannot cost cheap especially elite one which accounts for less than 1 percent of all shungite found. But, of course, to get a 100% assessment of shungite stones or shungite products quality you need to carry out a comprehensive laboratory study including microscopic scrutiny and other tests.


      Although you always can check the authenticity of shungite it is better to take preventive measures and reduce the possibility of fraud. For this purpose, we recommend you to buy shungite items directly from the Republic of Karelia without dealers. Since the shop and production facilities of Karelian Heritage Company are located at the heart of shungite lands, near the major deposit of genuine shungite, we offer you direct access to shungite stones. We can guarantee the authenticity and high quality of all items you can find in our product listings. All necessary documents and certificates for them can be requested.


      Shungite is a unique mineral, but only with authentic stones, you can experience its protective and healing properties. So, the quality is of paramount importance, don’t neglect it and buy only from a reliable seller. 


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19 Comment(s)

14/01/2017, 08:21:09 PM

I began drinking shungite water and wearing a shungite breacelet on my left wrist only 5 days ago. Since then I have been able to stop the over the counter histamine I have been taking for around five years. I have no allergy symptoms now. Normally, I work on maintaining a high emotional state, with shungite there is no work to accomlpish a clear balanced mental/emotional state. It feels like I am completly balanced! I am 66 years young and in five days, I feel like I am in my 30's again. I feel like I am smiling from within, if that makes any sense. I am thankful for this mineral. It has alredy changed my life for the better! Thank you for making this mineral available! Michele

Nick Kennedy:
20/08/2017, 08:50:18 AM

I am 64 and haven't been sick in 31 years b/c lof my vegan mostly raw diet. I don't support the SATANIC MEDICAL MAFIA in any way. I have been wearing a shungite pendant for about 3 years bc I believe crystals which come from the Earth have healing powers, just like organic food from Earth. They enhance and protect my health.

27/07/2018, 03:55:13 PM

It was just given to me at first by a lovely good friend of mine. The moment I wore it to show that I really like the necklace I felt something like a jolt but after that I felt light and relieved for some reason.(I have literally have ZERO knowledge about shungite or that it was shungite).After a while I ask what was the stone made up of she answered shungite. I reasearched about it majority of the testimonials comment feedbacks on shungite was 100% accurate for me. I cant say it Enough Shungite will HELP whether you believe it or not. It is such a Blessing that I in a point in time that Karelian Heritage is established and that they sell Authentic pieces. With All My Heart and Soul it has Helped me and my Family in so many ways. God Bless Karelian Heritage More Power to the company!!

Mariana Hristova:
05/10/2018, 06:52:49 PM

Dear friends from Karelian Heritage, Incredible feeling, 2 hours ago I have received the stones - Elite shungite, they are 5 - 10 gr each and quite big.. Incredible feeling, their energy is really strong. I hold them in my hand all the time and I didn't want to leave them. I felt regenerated and balanced and I fall asleep for a 10 min sitting in my chair with the stones in my left hand OMG so strong reaction.. Let me see the effect with the shungite water .. I love the necklace - same, amazing and strong energy and it is closer to my heart and throat chakras. I felt in contact with a very special energy which affects my body and spirit positively.. I will right back, when I have more clear idea for the properties of the Elie shungite. Thank you very much Mariana

Karelian Heritage:
11/10/2018, 05:08:18 PM

Dear Mariana, Thank you for your feedback and positive vibes. We're so gald to hear that. Hope shungite will bring postive changes into your life.If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write to us directly.Best regards, Karelian Heritage

11/12/2018, 08:39:35 AM

Hi! Just wish to complete my first shungite (elite) order but the box with Region/State cannot be filled up by me since the region where I am is not included in the list. Am from Quezon City, Philippines. Can you help me? TY - rey

Karelian Heritage:
14/12/2018, 09:15:40 AM

Dear Rey, Thank you for contacting us and letting know about your concern. We will be glad to help you to complete the order. Please, contact us directly via e-mail. Thank you in advance. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

Anta Elsbree:
01/02/2019, 12:13:18 AM

Dear Madams/Sirs,I make jewelry.....rather am teaching myself the past few years.I'd like try making some shungite pieces with elite shungite, or at least really quality products. I've been looking a gzillion sites on the web, but hard to know what is really what.Would you say your shungite beads, rocks and pendants arer reliable, quality stuff -- even if not elite shungite?Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Best wishes,NitaPS I've been on the "alternative" health journey for over 40 years, and am always looking and reading to try to keep up.....anything that helps others and can be easily incorporated into health, like a piece of jewelry, seems like a worthwhile consideration.....

Karelian Heritage:
06/02/2019, 12:28:25 PM

Dear Nita, thank you for contacting us. We deal only with authentic shungite from Zazhoginsky deposit, the Republic of Karelia. All out products including elite shungite nuggets, beads and pendants have certificates of authenticity. You may find them at our website (here is the link: https://karelianheritage.com/shungite-blog/shungite-certificates-of-authenticity) or you may add them to the parcel with your order upon the request. Besides, small experiment described in the blog post will help you to check the quality and authenticity of shungite items at home.Shungite is widely used for crystal healing known as one of the most ancient alternative medicine techniques. Do you practice crystal healing as a part of your alternative health journe? WE will be happy if you share your experience with us. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

parvati khan:
19/03/2019, 09:24:45 PM

I would like to know the cost for both elite water purifying shungite stones and pendants and bracelets. thanx

Karelian Heritage:
23/03/2019, 02:12:49 PM

Dear Parvati, thank you for your comment. You can find our elite shungite stones and the prices here: https://karelianheritage.com/shungite-products/Elite-shungite/elite-shungite-stones-sets, our pendants here: https://karelianheritage.com/shungite-products/Shungite-Jewelry/shungite-pendants, and our bracelets here: https://karelianheritage.com/shungite-products/Shungite-Jewelry/shungite-bracelet. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

28/03/2019, 11:40:28 PM, www.facebook.com/bubbletech

Hello, I add Shungite as one of the power crystals in a special Orgone Device called an Orgone Bubble. I have all 3 types and once you connect an ultra-violet facial wand to any orgone device with shungite elite inside you feel euphoria permanently in the immediate area and it dissolves chemtrails outside my house for miles. Bubble Tech is on Facebook groups. Thank you!

Karelian Heritage:
30/03/2019, 12:47:33 PM

Dear Joe, thank you for your comment. Thank you for sharing your experience, we are delighted that you like our products! Best regards, Karelian Heritage

21/04/2019, 11:55:01 PM

Does shungite need to be "grounded"?

Karelian Heritage:
22/04/2019, 04:16:36 PM

Dear Kelcey, thank you for your comment. Grounding can improve the positive energy of shungite, but shungite is powerful and energizing even without additional grounding. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

22/04/2019, 12:05:32 AM


27/04/2019, 07:45:30 PM

Initially I bought a bag of type III gray shungite with the intention to use them in drinking water purification. But... Firstly I did the test, I washed them several times under running water and then additionally kept for few day in a bowl full of water changed daily. Secondly, after the water become clear I started to use that water, where gray shungite were soaked, to water my indoor new young geranium and young cactus. Unfortunately they died within few weeks. Was the water too "strongly charged" for the very young fragile plants? So after the first test I never decided to drink that water and use those stones. Lastly, I bought a new set of elite shungite stones (the highest degree) and soak them in tap water kept in glass jar in the fridge for a drinking purpose. On one occasion I accidentally turned up the temp in the fridge too low and the water with shungite started to develop a beautiful crystal inside, the other water without the shungite did not. Also, since I started to boil a shungite water my electric kettle stopped having a problem with any white calcium residue. Is it the low temp of water I use, or the unique crystal quality of shungite water that make the water crystal clear? If you have, would like to see a picture of the shungite crystals water taken via a ery powerful microscope. I need more elite shungite for more experiments. Thank you Nature for Your wonderful products. Happy customer.

Karelian Heritage:
06/05/2019, 10:30:46 AM

Dear Bar, thank you for your comment. Regarding the plants, you may have used too much shungite water. Plats should get used to new water gradually. We can send you the pictures of shungite via microscope, please contact us directly info@karelianheritage.com. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

13/08/2019, 10:32:40 AM

How do you tell the visual difference between jet and shungite?

Karelian Heritage:
14/08/2019, 04:18:04 PM

Dear Nascha, thank you for your comment. Shungite's surface is more matte than jet's surface. Also, shungite has a vivid black color, when jet is usually more brown. We hope this was helpful. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

28/08/2019, 07:38:35 AM

QUESTIONS:I am a nutritional therapist who has teamed with an MD for the past ten years. He specializes in Alternative / Functional Medicine and Classical Homeopathy. I specialize in nutrition and analyzing and correcting electromagnetic pollution BECAUSE we have many patients/clients who suffer from EHS (Electromagnetic Hyper-sensitivity Syndrome).I have hesitated recommending any EMF protective device because I have been unable to test and prove them with my German instruments. I have only recommended numerous forms of avoidance and the correcting of underlying problems which can weaken the organism and disable it from being able to tolerate EMFs.Please tell me which of your Shungite you recommend for EMF sensitivity that is also 'testable' or 'measurable' with the testing system you display on your website.What is the difference between your BASIC pendants and your pendants made of ELITE Shungite.What is the difference in PE06 ($2.80) and the other more expensive pendants? Most of our very ill patients have very little money left due to years of illness.Your site states that your bracelet is made of Shungite and marbles--some of our clients / patients may prefer bracelets, but I wonder if they are powerful enough with marbles; in other words, do they contain enough Shungite?Also, we welcome any suggestions you may have.Many, many thanks.

Karelian Heritage:
29/08/2019, 04:50:55 PM

Dear Katherine, thank you for your comment! Shungite does provide protection from EMF. Both Regular Shungite (Type III) and Elite Shungite (Type I) provide effective EMF protection due to fullerenes in their composition. Although Elite Type I Shungite provides more effective EMF protection because it contains more carbon and, therefore, more fullerenes. Regarding our different pendants, the difference in price is caused by many factors, such as the difficulty of the manufacturing process, the materials used (for example, Elite Shungite's deposits are very scarce), some of our products are handmade, etc. Nevertheless, all of Shungite products provide effective EMF protection, even it is a simple bracelet with shungite beads and marbles. We hope his information is helpful. Best regards, Karelian Heritage.

05/09/2019, 05:19:22 PM

Hi i bought the black 50-60 fullerenes, there are a few veins of pyrite in the stones.. is it ok to drink this water?

Karelian Heritage:
06/09/2019, 03:50:32 PM

Dear Victorine, thank you for your comment. Yes, shungite with pyrite infusions in it is safe to use for water filtering. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

L S:
20/05/2020, 09:36:46 PM


Karelian Heirtage:
22/05/2020, 12:33:23 PM

Dear L, thank you for your comment. The amount of pyrite that can sometimes be found in shungite is safe for making shungite water, it does not make sulfuric acid. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

Richard D Hahn:
16/10/2019, 03:40:23 PM

I always do The flashlight experiment to test the shungite that I buy, but Tourmaline, which looks very similar to shungite is also a conductor. Is there a more reliable way to test?

Karelian Heritage:
18/10/2019, 11:45:00 AM

Dear Richard, thank you for your comment! It is true that tourmaline is also conductive, although it is not as conductive as shungite. We would recommend distinguishing shungite from tourmaline based on their appearance. Shungite is very lightweight, whereas tourmaline is a heavy stone. Tourmaline does not have as many infusions of other minerals (little veins of different colors) as shungite. Also, raw shungite stones will leave a black residue on your skin or other surfaces because of the high content of carbon, when tourmaline will not leave a black residue. We hope this information if helpful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

21/12/2019, 08:40:25 PM

If Shungite is conducting electricity, what is it's energy source? The earth? And if it is conducting electricity, why wouldn't it enhance the damage done by EMFs? I'm just trying to understand the mechanisms behind Shungite's effectiveness. As a healer, it seems powerful, but as a scientist, I need more information about how and why it's so effective! I do get that it's got the bucky ball/fullerine structure that absorbs toxins and donates a hydrogen. But I also suspect that its doing something with our subtle energy that I can't yet explain.Also, if I used a good EMF reader, should I be able to see a difference in a reading at an EMF source (ie router), with and without a shungite pyramid? I couldn't see one with the reader I have.. but it could be the reader.I've heard all this research has been done in Russia, but we need to hear about the specific experiments done that show it's effectiveness! Thank you!

Karelian Heritage:
24/12/2019, 10:25:19 AM

Dear Tina, thank you for your comment! Shungite conducts electricity, but it is no electrical itself, so it is not damaging at all. Shungite does not enhance the EMF damage because its structure absorbs and neutralizes the radiation. Regarding an EMF meter, yes, there will be a difference in EMF radiation with and without shungite. Although the results may be different with EMF meters of different brands and quality. Results also depend on the size of the pyramid you are using - a smaller pyramid may not be effective enough for a powerful router. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

Earlene M Tatro:
29/01/2020, 11:27:59 PM

I bought a shungite from a shopping network.I put the necklace on and later in the day my neck felt like it was burning I also saw black residue on my skin.Is this normal?

Karelian Heritage:
31/01/2020, 11:08:55 AM

Dear Earlene, thank you for your comment. If you have bought your necklace from a shop other than ours, we cannot guarantee that the necklace is authentic and safe. Although we can say that some people are very sensitive to crystal vibrations - especially to the powerful shungite vibes. We would recommend purchasing a crystal that would balance out shungite's energy. Quartz would be a good option. Regarding the black residue, it is completely normal, since shungite consists mainly of carbon, which can leave black stains. We hope it was helpful. Best regards, Karelian Heirtage

b marsh:
08/07/2020, 02:27:52 AM

I just bought some 50% black pyramids today...I remember how super WARM they felt when I handled them...I also could feel something off them in an energetic sense (I would on the subway SO LOADS of electricity around) they leave black on my hands, which was great as then I know they are real. One of my favorite crystals for sure. What I used to semi-jokingly claim as my WIFI death box in the sky (my apt.) now has some heavy duty extra protections from all my neighbors poor use of the 5g/4g tech etc. I am super appreciative of this website AND its information, as I wish to try everything that you can try with these crystals.

Karelian Heritage:
14/07/2020, 11:15:11 AM

Dear B Marsh, thank you for your comment! We are delighted that you are happy with the shungite pyramids! We hope they will bring much joy and protection to your life. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

12/04/2020, 02:08:12 AM

I just received some off Etsy an was just tapping into this realm o hope I feel how you guys do my anxiety is bad from this virus mess

Karelian Heritage:
13/04/2020, 04:03:06 PM

Dear Mj, thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you enjoy using shungite! We are facing tough times, but we should stay home and do our best to relax. We believe shungite will help you with the anxiety. Have you tried meditating with shungite? You should definitely try it out. Sending you positive vibes! Best regards, Karelian Heritage.

b marsh:
08/07/2020, 02:31:15 AM

I bought some wonderful pyramids today. I KNOW they are real Shungite, YET I wonder why THE TOPS of the pyramids have some magnetic charge. I popped two of em in my hands, and when I was playing with them that was when I noticed there was a VERY LIGHT magnetic flux AT THE TOPS OF THE PYRAMIDS, so it this a property of the stone itself, in the same manner as say hematite, etc. OR is this MORE a property of the pyramid that has been properly measured/constructed? In any event I will find out the answer soon, and if you wish to know more will surely share. Yet you may already have the answer (if anyone would) so that is why I leave this comment to understand more about this amazing crystal.

Karelian Heritage:
15/07/2020, 10:00:34 AM

Dear B Marsh, thank you for your comment! Shungite has a very powerful yet soothing energy. Some people may be very sensitive to its energy. The magnetic charge that you feel may be the natural vibes that shungite has, not everyone can feel them. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

20/09/2020, 03:19:16 PM

is elite shungite locket effective in paranormal emf (ghost emf protection)

Karelian Heritage:
28/09/2020, 04:45:02 PM

Dear Nitin, thank you for your comment! Shungite has an ability to counter geopathic zones, which can be regarded as a paranormal thing, so you can try to protect yourself with it. Best regards, Karelian Heritage

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