Shungite Unisex Bracelet, ~1/2" Round Beads
Shungite is a light weight, silvery black mineraloid, a mineral that lacks a regular crystal structure. It consists primarily of the element carbon. Its name comes from Shun’ga, a village in northwestern Russia, where it was first documented scientifically. The material available in the market today is more technically shungite bearing rock, which varies in the proportion of shungite it actually contains. It may have visible inclusions of pyrite and quartz and other trace elements. Pieces with higher carbon content are more metallic looking and sold under the trade names “silver”, “noble”, or “elite” shungite.
Most geologists believe its carbon originated with prehistoric algae colonies, later transformed from oil shale to shungite by underground heat. Many of the stone’s metaphysical properties derive from this alchemical transformation through the elements. It was an organic material (spirit), produced by aquatic algae colonies (water and air), which was buried underground (earth), and then later exposed to heat from magma (fire). It is commonly used for purification, transmuting heavier energies, and spiritual protection.
Shungite was employed traditionally in Russia for water purification, like activated charcoal today, and springs near the deposit were used medicinally in spas. Many people in the metaphysical community believe shungite, especially shungite purified water, supports physical healing because of these historical associations. Although the practice is popular, one should be very cautious about putting stones directly into drinking water, especially those with unknown and variable chemistry like shungite bearing rock.
To read more about shungite's metaphysical properties, check out Stacie's popular blog, Shungite Not for Sissies.
We have a small lot of these stretchy elastic shungite bracelets. This is a stock photo. You will receive ONE shungite bracelet. They weigh approximately 0.11 lbs. and measure approximately ~8" around. The beads are ~1/2" wide.
Because the stone is soft, shungite is difficult to carve with exact precision like quartz. The polished material often has rounded edges, facet like cuts, or slightly skewed geometry. Most pieces have natural fractures, small voids, or bumpy like “dragon skin” texture on the surface.