Shungite wearing: Features of black stone jewelry

Wearing shungite raised the question of whether it was dyed

In some cases, when wearing shungite, buyers think that they bought fake. Or they believe that their jewelry stone was painted with shiny paint and covered in scratches. For example, one person wrote a review to our colleagues in a store.

Bought it a month ago, appears to be painted as others have mentioned. Paint is chipping off, don’t think this is true shungite. It looks cool though, except for the paint coming off.

pendant of shungite painted or not  when wearing shungite.

We noticed that this usually happens with products that touch a person’s body or clothing. These can be pendants, bracelets, and beads, as well as objects like spheres or harmonizers that people carry in their pockets.

Is the jewelry just painted shungite with paint?

So, what makes people think that true shungite has been dyed? Of course, this question worries us, shungite producers. After all, it makes no sense to paint original stone when it can be polished to a shine. And this is even easier than painting. It is cheaper because you do not need to keep a special paint shop with an employee, and at the same time, the absence of paint is more environmentally friendly.

We make our black stone products shiny only by polishing them. We use only real and certified shungite of the third type from the Zazhoginsky deposit in Karelia, Russia.

At the same time, it makes sense to paint, but only with shungite paint itself. For example, if you need to cover a room with shungite paint to protect it from EMF waves, it’s easy to do this by mixing shungite powder with a coloring agent you trust. After all, protects against electromagnetic radiation, which is scientifically proven. In addition, the Karelian black mineral has other amazing properties.

shungite powder
Making shungite paint from powder

Wearing a shungite: the shine is lost after a while

We realized that people have such thoughts because, for example, when shungite is worn, their pendant ceases to be shiny after a while. At the same time, some places remain a little shiny (where there is less contact with something), and some places become dull. However, in the end, the entire product becomes dull. This is because shine is not a fundamental property of the third type of rock. This is an acquired property, fleeting for stone objects with which we constantly come in contact.

shungite pendant new with a polished surface and shabby matte these are not scratches, but veins of pyrite and quartz
The polished surface is shiny. And unpolished – there is matte, that is, natural. It is formed when shungite is worn. The shiny surface is not paint or varnish, but a polished top surface. The stripes are not shungite scratches but yellow and white traces of natural minerals, also included in the original stone.

Why do we polish products instead of making painted shungite?

But our reader can fairly notice why we polish, for example, beads if they lose their shine so quickly. Maybe it’s because of the desire for beauty. Although she is fleeting. But the brilliance is a certain manifestation of it. However, other qualities of the stone replace the shine – its unique texture with patterns of pyrite and quartz. After all, it does not lose its beauty like silver, which becomes cloudy from constant contact with the skin.

Shungite bracelets
The black stone bracelet is new and polished but not dyed. It is also a worn-out matte bracelet that was already in use.

We will also mention an interesting case from our practice. One customer bought a small sphere with a polished surface from us. One evening, he took a special solution that removed the paint and applied it to the ball. As a result, the polishing of the ball was removed in the place of contact with the solution. And he decided it was paint. Fortunately, we managed to dissuade him. After all, if you simply rub a polished ball for a long time without any chemical solution, you can remove this shine. It will also happen if you carry it in your pocket.

sphere made of shungite stone
Spheres with a polished and unpolished surface. The lines on the matte unpolished sphere are not shungite scratches, they are veins of pyrite and quartz.

However, if the sphere on the stand stands somewhere near the working electronics, it will bring aesthetic pleasure because the ball’s shine will not go anywhere—it will remain forever if you do not rub it. Also, the black stone sphere will perform its direct task of protecting against excessive EMF radiation.

How do we make shiny surfaces?

Karelian black stone has excellent polishing characteristics. Therefore, it is a sin not to polish it. How do we do it? We repeatedly rub the surface of products with special polishing agents, which we do on polishing machines. For example, this is how you can polish a surface with an angle polisher.

polishing stone
The process of polishing stone

As a result of the polishing process, the stone’s surface becomes smooth and shiny. Therefore, we do not need to paint it with any shiny paint. This shine will never disappear if products are kept somewhere near electrical appliances. However, the shine is quickly lost if the stone surface is rubbed against anything when the shungite is worn. For example, contact with clothing or body. Also, in the process of carrying it in your pocket.

How long will it take to shine when wearing a shungite?

Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to answer this question accurately because shine is not the fundamental physical property of shungite of the third type. Most likely, it is like a gift wrap. However, it is important that the stone pendant does not shine because it is painted. It shines because its outer surface is polished. Moreover, there are original stone pendants with a special shine. In this article, we write about them and how to distinguish a real Karelian black stone pendant from a fake one.

However, we understand the problem of shine because, for some reason, people are especially concerned with everything that glitters. Therefore, we decided to make a slightly more durable polish, at least for our 35-45 mm round engraved pendants. We use diamond particles and a special technology for polishing. In turn, this allows us to make the shine period a little longer than that of ordinary pendants with standard polishing.

real shungite pendant with engraved
Engraved pendants 35-45 mm (1.38/1.77 inches).

At the same time, we do not give a long-term guarantee for shine since this is not the main quality of a charm, and it will inevitably become a little dull. In this situation, we have done everything that is now in our power. If you have any feedback on the use of our engraved pendants, we would be glad to see it on our pages.

Also, note that if your black pendant has a strong shine that does not come off for a long time and does not become even a little more matte, it is most likely not natural stone.

Our High-quality products

Since we mentioned our particular engraved pendant polishing technology, we will also describe the benefits of our engraved pendants.
Let’s compare the review of a pendant from our competitors, which we wrote about at the beginning of the article. In it, the man writes that after a month the polishing was gone. In addition to that, we have information on much shorter periods.

Shungite pendants and stones with and without polishing.
Charms and stones with and without polishing. The white streaks in the stone are quartz, and the yellow ones are pyrite. This does not mean that shungite is scratched.

He had an ordinary pendant with a regular polished surface, and such pendants very quickly became matte. After all, the most important advantage of regular pendants is their various geometric shapes and unique properties. The fact that they will quickly lose their polished shine during use is even beneficial to the appearance of the pendant.

Pyrite and Quartz: These are not scratches!

The true texture of the stone appears outside, and it is unique in each pendant due to the natural inclusions of pyrite and quartz in authentic Russian stone. The chemical composition is quite diverse. Customers who know little about Karelian black stone may think it is shungite scratched, but this is not because these are pyrite and quartz veins inside a stone.

Natural inclusions of pyrite in shungite
The buyer decided that the yellow stripes meant that the item was scratched. In turn, these are not shungite scratches, but natural pyrite inclusions.
Round pendants with a natural texture may contain quartz and pyrite veins, but these are not shungite scratches.

We made a small demonstration in the form of a photograph to show the various textures of the stone. In our photo, you can see a large pendant surrounded by products. Here, we have selected especially beautiful pyramids with inclusions of quartz and pyrite inside the stone.

Shungite polished pendant 5 cm/1,97 and shungite pyramids and suhngite stones.
The pendant, 5 cm/1,97 inches in size, is surrounded by unpolished high pyramids, small pyramids 3 cm/1.18 inches, and stones.

Quartz and Pyrite inside pendants

We can say the same about our engraved pendants. They are also carved from original Karelian black minerals and contain quartz and pyrite. However, we engrave only the blackest pendants. Our pendants undergo a rigorous selection process before we engrave them. We do this so that there are fewer extra white spots in the picture since the quartz mineral appears this way on the stone’s surface during engraving. Therefore, our engraved pendants do not have the bright white markings that show up due to the engraving.

However, despite careful selection, traces of golden color from pyrite remain on the engraved pendants. There are also traces of quartz (on the surface of a polished black pendant, small lines of quartz veins may look darker or lighter than black mineral from Karelia).

Shungite polished pendant Flower of Life 5 cm/1,97 and shungite pyramids and suhngite stones.
An Engraved pendant 5 cm/1,97 inches in size is surrounded by unpolished high pyramids, small pyramids 3 cm/1.18 inches, and stones.

Features of the polished surface

However, we have managed to prolong the shine of our pendants. For example, look at our review of how our engraved pendant looks after continuous use for about 9 months. It still glitters a little and it’s amazing.

Also, pay attention to the quality and depth of our engraving. After all, we make the depth of the drawing quite deep, and it does not look like a scribbled one. Also, our engraving lines are even and neat, and the drawing is exactly in the center.

engraved pendant flower of life for emf protection
Engraved not painted pendant Flower Of Life
deep engraved black stone necklace
Charm with engraving Flower of Life close-up

You will not find in our assortment of low-quality pendants with cheap patterns in the form of uneven notches, as in the following photo.

Poor quality engraving on pendants
Poor quality engraving on pendants

And if a pendant made of natural Russian mineral is never painted, then, for example, quartz jewelry, on the contrary, is often painted.

Shungite wearing: it can dirty your hands

Attention: the pendant may contain some dust on its surface. This black dust is formed by cutting a pendant from a solid piece of raw stone. We recommend rinsing your pendant under running water and wiping the edges of the pendant with a soft cloth to remove black dust. Otherwise, dust can dirty your hands.

Please try not to rub the highly polished surfaces of the pendant, so as not to damage the polished surfaces of the pendant.

Shungite can dirty your hands.
Pendant with polished surfaces and unpolished edges. These unpolished edges have some dust on their surface.

Wearing a shungite as Jewelry

Wearing a shungite as pendants with a simple rope to be used immediately. This regular rope can be made of cotton or polyester and is 75-85 cm (29,5-33,5 inches) long. However, we do not make knots on the ropes, so the client can choose the rope size himself.

At the same time, a classic black stone pendant can have an average weight of 7 to 25 grams (0,25-0,88 Oz/ 0,015-0,055 lbs). Therefore, we recommend you make a very strong knot for your rope and use a triple knot. Otherwise, the pendant may slip off your neck, fall to the floor and break. Yes, the Karelian black mineral is not as strong as metal and can break.

Of course, you can always replace the rope that comes with the set with your own more convenient version. The hole in our pendants is about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches).


Summing up, let us again recall the words of the person from whose review we began to write this article. After all, he did not have information about the Russian stone’s shine property, how the manufacturers created it, and what happens when shungite is used. However, this client still noticed, “It looks cool, though, except for the paint coming off.» But now you know this pendant was not painted with glittering or varnish.

After all, the shine of the black matte surface of the third type is not its original property. And we just polish our charms to make them shine.

In addition, you know that quartz and pyrite are inside the stone. Therefore, yellow and white streaks and patches on the pendant are not shungite scratches. However, the pendant has become matte because the polishing of the outer layer of the stone has worn off. In turn, this is a normal phenomenon for authentic Russian stone.