How to test for genuine Shungite

Below are suggestions to see if your Shungite is authentic.

Touch it and examine it :

If you have already worked with shungite in the past, you must have noticed that it sometimes leaves black stains when touched. Especially raw stones, yet even processed regular shungite stones leave some amount of residue whenever you hold them. This comes from a high percentage of carbon in shungite’s composition and is next to impossible to imitate. Thus, after you receive your shungite piece, try to hold it for some time.  However, there can be some cases, when due to the way a shungite product is produced it was stripped of residue, so if you are not sure you can check its authenticity with other methods.

Raw Elite Shungite’s authenticity is usually easier to check since it is very hard to make a believable forgery. 304gm eliteElite shungite has a unique silvery surface and is extremely fragile to the point that even holding it in your hand can break off small nuggets from it. With larger pieces, this is not so evident. However, if you see that your elite stone has infusions of other colours, don’t worry. These are just other minerals, like pyrite, which can fuse to shungite after millennia of lying in the ground together.

Testing Shungite with a Multi Meter.

A multimeter has a set of leads: a black one and a red one. You attach these leads to the component or portion of the circuit that you’re testing, and a digital readout provides the results. You adjust a knob to set the test you wish to perform such as resistance, voltage, or current as well as the range to test in. Place the tips of the leads on a piece of Shungite and the meter will return to zero if you are testing for resistance. This shows that a current easily passes through it. If you use a polished piece it is harder to make the electrical connection as there is a coating covering the Shungite, it will conduct but it may be harder or less evident.

Another way to test Shungite’s authenticity is with a battery-powered torch. This may not be as accurate as with a Multi-Meter!

1. Unscrew the back of the torch so the end of the battery is exposed.

2. Press the Shungite against the battery.

3. If the Shungite is authentic the torch will light up. 

4. If you use a polished piece it is harder to make the electrical connection as there is a coating covering the Shungite, it will conduct but it may be harder or less evident.

Another thing to look for in genuine Shungite is quartz and pyrite inclusions within it. This is normal and is a good way to tell if the Shungite you have is genuine. Not all pieces will have these inclusions though.
Lastly, as mentioned above, Shungite is fairly soft, ( 3.5 to 4.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness (10 being a diamond), so there can be some transference of the carbon to your hands or body when you touch or wear Shungite, bracelets especially can leave black dust on your skin. This is normal and happens because the beads are drilled which then leaves some Shungite dust in the holes, this is what you may see on your skin. It is not harmful and depending on your use of the product the transference will normally ease in a few days to a week. Simply wash off your skin with warm soapy water.
We hope this helps you to identify genuine Shungite but always suggest buying from established and trustworthy suppliers!
The Shungite Experience Team

 

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