The Shungite Test

POST natural noble shungite in natural form from Russia

Did you know there was a cool test for checking if something is genuine shungite? What else could it be? Basalt, black jasper, black tourmaline or black obsidian.

Get a touch with a wide enough screw end to place your shungite crystal or tumble inside to make contact with the end of the battery. If the torch lights even though its end is missing then it is shungite.


Geologists know it as a peculiar form of carbon produced by metamorphism of crude oil. Because it has no detectable molecular structure, shungite belongs among the mineraloids. It represents one of Earth’s very first oil deposits, from deep in Precambrian time.

Its electrical conductivity, typical of graphite and other forms of pure carbon, means it can light the torch via the battery connection.

Shungite Test - with shungite
Shungite Test – with shungite inserted
torch with normal end connection in place
torch with normal end connection in place

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