2.15" Lustrous, High Grade Colombian Shungite - New Find!

This is a 2.15" wide, high grade shungite specimen that was collected from a newly discovered shungite deposit in Colombia, South America. This shungite exhibits a wonderful luster and unlike material from other sites, it's pure shungite that doesn't contain any of the lower-carbon-content host rock.

Named after the village in Russia nearest to the location in which it was discovered, Shungite is a rather interesting mineraloid. Geologists believe that shungite may be Precambrian in age, formed nearly 2 billion years ago. This mineraloid is typically a lustrous silver to black that is fairly reflective and exhibits a fracture pattern that is very similar to that of obsidian or glass. Shungite lacks any crystalline structure, which is why it is classified as a mineraloid.

Stones that contain shungite are often referred to as shungite, but shungite only refers to the actual mineraloid. For a stone to be accurately considered shungite it must contain at least 98% carbon by weight. Shungite has also been reported to contain trace amounts of fullerenes.

Collectors may enjoy a variety of properties linked to Shungite: its similarity to glass, its brilliant reflective luster, and its apparent water purification capabilities. Overall, shungite is quite a snazzy substance to behold.
Colombia, South America
2.15 x 1.3"