Elite Shungite

In this article we will talk about one of rarest rock which has a silver color and is often called as elite shungite. We will try to explain the situation that has developed around this silvery mineral. Many of our clients, as well as people who are interested in rare minerals do not fully understand what kind of mineral we are talking about in each case. Many companies and other sellers around, is used by a variety of names and add-ons for a Shungite rocks. As a result, it becomes difficult for an ordinary person to understand what kind of mineral is in question and how it differs from other types. In addition, you can always buy authentic samples of elite shungite stones in our online store. You can choose your personal sample of elite shungite stone in this section.

What is Elite Shungite?

To be brief, the elite shungite is a mineral that has a silvery color, reflects daylight and has a smooth surface similar to glass. This rare mineral received an additional prefix in the form of the word-Elite or Noble. It emphasizes his personality and the benchmark. The fact is that unlike the black classic type of this mineral is 98% composed of an allotropic form of carbon. In the classic black type of this rock only 30%. This form of carbon is not found anywhere else in nature. Also, the elite representative of this mineral does not get his hands dirty and contains the largest number of fullerenes.

rare mineral shungite stone
Genuine silver elite shungite

Where did the elite Shungite come from

To date, the exact origin of elite Shungite on earth has not been established. There are many scientific theories about the origin of this mineral. One such theory suggests that this form of carbon came to earth with a Alland meteorite from space. This theory is based on the fact that such a form of carbon does not exist in other materials or rocks on earth. In addition, the only small corner on our planet where the elite shungite met until today is the Northern region of Russia-Karelia. This is the North-Western region of Russia on the border with Finland.

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Deposit of this rare mineral

The Republic of Karelia is the first and only region where this rare mineral has been discovered. In addition, during the Soviet Union, this single large Deposit was completely exhausted. We were in this abandoned mine. This abandoned mine is located in one of the Karelian villages of Shunga. It is an extremely small mine with a depth of about 20 meters and a height of only about 1-3 meters.

Inside the Mine

The walls of the shaft is a rock which consists of quartz, plagioclase, potassium feldspar and mica. Including the world-famous mineral quartzite and pyrite. It is this mineral that makes the walls of the mine rusty. In addition, the mineral Pyrite (has a Golden color if it has not been oxidized by oxygen under the influence of water) is an integral companion for Shungite. This same mineral leaves some traces and veins of rust on the surface of shungite. Now this abandoned mine is fenced with a cage because of the constant collapses inside the mine.

The tunnels inside the Mine

Shun'ga mine of rare mineral
Veins of elite shungite passed here. And now there are accompanying rocks at the top: dolomites, oxidized ferruginous rocks, which are inside an abandoned mine.

Unknown rare mineral

This mine could collapse at any moment. Because, a melt water flooded the mine in the spring of each year. Soil are made loose, in this connection there is a danger of collapse. It is more likely more likely every year. The story of where did go all this mineral from his Deposit was not puisblished in official source. And also to date there is no official information about it. In addition, in the public domain, there are no data on the results of official scientific studies conducted on samples of this mineral. Probably, in the past, there were any reasons for this. At present, this mineral has almost completely disappeared froqu nature and the need to study it as a mineral has no economical potential. It’s just speculation.

entrance to mine of shun'ga

A piece of accompanying stone at the price of a rare mineral

Currently, in this deposit of elite shungite in the village of Shunga you can find only what is left outside, because the veins of elite shungite have already been dug out. In turn, in this field, in free access from outside and around, only such rocks as lydites, dolomites and siltstones remained.

Section of the Shunga field 1933
Section of the Shunga field, geological scheme 1933 year. M.M. Filippov, Anthraxolites, St. Petersburg, VNIIRA, 2013, page 67.

Please look at this schematic map of the elite shungite deposit in the village of Shun’ga, sketched by N.I. Ryabov. Here you will see a schematic representation of the amount of elite shungite mineral (it is shown in red under the number 4) and associated rocks. Elite shungite in scientific literature is more called the highest anthraxolite. Meanwhile, you can estimate for yourself how small the inclusions of elite shungite veins were in 1933. And in our time, after almost 90 years, the field is practically depleted.

You can see a lot of those minerals and rocks that are in that deposit. Associated minerals include lidites (number 1), dolomites (number 2), as well as shales and siltstones. Some of them in a certain classification are called “shugite-bearing rocks” because they contain a couple of percent shungite carbon, for example, it is lydite.

Dolomite or something similar instead of elite shungite stone.

Unfortunately, many of our buyers wrote to us that they received different products that other sellers passed off as real silver elite shungite. Thus, unscrupulous sellers could sell them samples of accompanying minerals or some others, similar in appearance. At the same time, the risk of counterfeiting increases when buying from other countries of the world or even other cities in Russia. At the same time, the sellers themselves can be sure that they are selling something real, because they were told that these stones are directly from that adit. But the question remains, how different are these samples from those that are under your feet in your country?

Now this genuine mineral exist in nature in the form of veins extremely small size. Above all, we note that fact every year to find such veins becomes more difficult. These veins are scattered along the shores of lake Onego and find such a vein is extremely hard and is a very good luck. It takes a lot of time effort and various resources. In other words, there were only soap crumbs of this rare mineral. It is most likely that in the near future to find such a mineral is no longer possible.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that we use only verified samples of elite stones. For this, we made a geological examination of our specimens at the Geological Institute of Karelia in the city of Petrozavodsk. You can also familiarize yourself with it in the photos that are located below in this article.
We also constantly consult there with professional geologists from this scientific geological institute.

98% Carbon chemical composition of elite shungite.

Silver shungite is 98% unique carbon. The remaining 2% is a variety of chemical elements from the periodic table. Here is a list of these chemical elements that were identified in the analysis of elite shungite by x-ray fluorescence method in special laboratory conditions. We made measurements of samples of elite shungite at the Institute of Geology of the Karelian Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Academy of Sciences), the city of Petrozavodsk.

This rare stone has a light gray smooth surface. The surface is like glass, it is smooth and pleasant to the touch. Reflects light like a mirror. This mineral is electrically conductive. Elite shungite freely conducts electric current while the resistance force tends to zero. Large pieces of noble shungite are more valuable than small ones. Because, big pieces are much less common than small pieces. Small pieces have the advantage that they have a large area of contact with water. On the surface of the silver mineral are small inclusions of rust color are possible. These are traces of other minerals that have oxidized under the influence of oxygen and water. These rust marks can be removed with a hard brush. Some inclusions go deep into the mineral and are difficult to clean.

elite shungite rust

Is rust on shungite stones harmful?

No, such rust is not dangerous. It’s just iron oxide. This chemical element is also used for food additives. Also, this chemical element is present in water. However, it is worth remembering that a significant content or large doses of any chemical elements that are conditionally safe can harm the health of humans or animals.

real elite shungite from karelia deposit shunga
Real elite shungite stones from Karelia, deposit shunga

Why is called Elite?

The name – elite shungite as well as – noble shungite is absent in the official scientific terminology.
Most likely it is connected with modern public terminology. This unofficial term appeared among people when there was a need to distinguish two types of Shungite. It is black (classic) and gray (elite). Probably, the word “Elite” or “noble” means – the best. Due to the fact that it contains 98% of the unique carbon. Also, it has a light silver color and a shiny surface. Probably these arguments were enough to assign this mineral such a weighty prefix.

What is the difference between Shungite and Elite noble Shungite?

Point of view of science

Science does not share this rock mineral on elite or normal. Scientific definitions differentiate the types of the rock by the areas of its Deposit and production due to the fact that the chemical composition of each Deposit is different from each other. You can learn more about classic type of shungite from this article.


If we are talking about shungite without adding the word – elite, it is Shungite which has a black color and is similar to coal. On its untreated surface are clearly visible veins of pyrite and Quartzite. The content of unique carbon from 0 to 30% (very rarely this figure reaches 60%) depending on the field. This black stone can be processed. Beacuse, it contains other minerals and chemical elements. As a result, this type of mineral is not as fragile as its elite counterpart. In other words it makes possible a produce variety of geometric shapes, as well as plates, pendants and other products.

Elite noble shungite

Elite shungite on the contrary, is extremely fragile and specific mineral that is almost not amenable to processing. It is impossible to make a pyramid or other geometric shapes or products of the correct form.

But we make elite Shungite pendants. Above all, each our pendant has a natural unique natural shape. You can find them in our shungit store.

Above all, silver shungite are extremely rare stone. Has value for collectors, and also is used for infusion water. It is believed that such water has a positive impact on the human body.

We emphasize once again that, elite shungite is a fragile and specific rare mineral that is almost untreatable. Therefore, It is impossible to make a pyramid or other geometric shapes or products of the correct form.

Look at this picture it clearly shows the difference between the two types of this mineral. Note how distinct the inclusions of pyrite and quartzite are on the surface of the black classical shungite. In addition, there is a difference between the Karelian shungite rocks depending on the carbon content and other characteristics.

difference between Shungite and Elite noble Shungite
On the left are samples of classic shungite stone. On the right is an elite shungite stone.
real shungite
The pyrite and quartzite are on the surface of the black classical shungite .

Shungite deposits in Karelia, Russia:

Zazhogino field

The largest developed Deposit of the rare rock in Russia. The Location: Zaonezhye, Medvezhyegorsky district, Central Karelia, Russia Federation. This is the only mineral Deposit in which the content of unique carbon begins with a value of 30% and above. It is this rock that received the official scientific name shungite.

Nigozero Deposit

The largest developed shungite-containing shale. Location: Kondopozhsky district, South Karelia, Karelia, Russia. These are shungite-containing rocks where the percentage of unique carbon is extremely low. Such rocks are mined in many countries of our world and are given for genuine shungite. For example, this is a large field in one of the countries of the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan.

Elite shungite mining

This rare mineral, called elite shungite or noble shungite, shungite of the first type, was found only in Karelia near the village of Shunga. This is an extremely small mining site for a planet as large as ours. Therefore its deposit was completely exhausted in the shortest time. Above all, it was done during the Soviet Union already. Now it is extremely difficult to find pieces of this silvery mineral. Each piece is assembled by hand. In this regard, the cost of this rare stone is relatively more expensive than other types of this rock. Now, there are only crumbs of this mineral and small reserves that have been collected over the years along the banks of Karelian lake Onego.

Unscrupulous sellers

However, many unscrupulous sellers from other countries or even Russia, sell various rocks that look similar to this rare mineral. In addition, such rocks can also pass an electric current through themselves. Now, there are many different stones similar to each other, as well as production technologies of artificial stones and minerals. In this regard, there is a huge risk of getting a fake. We have repeatedly received messages from our customers about it after as they received from us a sample of genuine elite shungite and had a comparison with obraztsvami from other sellers. You can learn more from our article shungite fake.

Zazhogino Field

In this photo you can see the open development site in the Zazhogino Field. Classical black shungite of the third type is mined here. It’s most popular field for shungite mining in Karelia. This is a relatively large shungite field. But its reserves are rapidly decreasing every year.

rare mineral zazhogino field

In conclusion, regardless of how the elite shungite appeared on our planet it still does not deprive it of the right to claim the category of one of the rarest minerals on earth. Above all, we are ready to give you the opportunity to get a particle of this mineral directly from us from the Republic of Karelia and give you absolute confidence that you are holding a genuine elite shungite!