Petrovsky shungite contains from 70% to 80% of carbon which is much more than usual shungite (around 30%), which is mostly used for pyramids, spheres and other things, but, of course, less than the noble (or silver) shungite (up to 98%). Petrovsky Shungite has a very long history, full of incredible tales and legends, because people started using it even before the times of Peter the Great. Read the story about the Petrovsky Shungite below.
Pictures from the historical Shunskaya mine, Shunga village, Karelia, Russia
We already know a lot about shungite, but not exactly everything. 300 years ago another type of shungite was popular, geologists call it Petrovsky shungite (by Borisov`s classification). But why is it called Petrovsky, is it somehow connected with Russian emperor Peter the Great? And what is this stone, why it was so popular and why have we forgotten about it? Let`s try to answer all those questions by consulting Karelia science department and researching the works of Russian scientists. In this article we will also provide the opinions of people who study the bioenergetic properties of shungite.
So, let`s go back in time – first records about shungite were dated 1706. Those weren`t scientific documents – just emperor`s orders to Ivan Matveev to bring aspidniy (the old name of shungite) stone from Olonetskiy region in Russia. It was needed to make fountains in the summer gardens. As we can see, the water purification properties were well known by that time and it was mined for some time by then. The proof for this is the famous story about emperor Peter`s troops using shungite. The ruler ordered his soldiers to carry shungite in their bags during their war campaigns. Due to this they were able to get pure water and avoid infections.
The existence of this document is considered to be true. It is mentioned in many historical novels about Poltava battle. I have to say that the order came just in time – the summer when the battle occurred was extremely hot, water in nature reservoirs wasn`t suitable for drinking. So Swedish army was facing difficulties with stomac infections among soldiers. And even the Swedish king was sick on the eve before the battle. But Russian soldiers were using shungite to purify water and it was safe to drink it.
It`s obvious that the wonderful properties of shungite were known for a long time. There is quite a notable story about the magical recovery of Kseniya Romanova. As we know from the history, she was exiled to the Tolvuiskiy monastery by Boris Godunov. Kseniya suffered from epileptic attacks and was doomed. But local people offered her water from shungite spring, which was famous by its healing force. Soon Kseniya was fully healed and managed to become the ruler of Russia and make her son Russia`s first tsar. Now the magical spring is called «tsarevna`s fountain» and it is very popular among pilgrims in Russia.
So, what`s this miraculous stone? Nowadays there are three types of shungite (by Borisov`s classification) and they all are mined in the Tolvuya village and used for different purposes such as water purifying, water treatment, metallurgy, medicine, bioenergetics and lots of other areas.
But is this the same stone we read about in historical documents? Let`s refer to the archives again.
In the times of Peter the Great the mine was developed near the village of Shunga (the stone was named by the name of the village). There are records about the rock composition in the mine. The mineral lies in waves between the layers of diorite. It consists of anthracite (this name was found in archives). There are 30 parts with ash content of 25%, 0,5 parts with ash content of 2% and 69,5 parts with high ash content and impurity of other rocks. Basing on modern research we can claim that the rock from the mine consisted mostly of impurity bedrocks, shungite with the carbon content of 70-78% and a small part of shungite with the carbon content of 98%.
So it is obvious that the Peter`s wonderful shungite and the shungite with the carbon content 70-78% are basically the same stones. Petrovsky shungite is the informal name for them. But why this stone, so popular in the past, was forgotten nowadays? The reason is simple – the second type shungite was mined in small amounts. Researchers say that 30 tons of second type shungite and 2 tons of first type were mined. It`s certainly not enough for industrial purposes. That`s why Shunga mine was abandoned. It is now geological and natural site, unique by its properties. It is protected by Russian government.
The using and studying of Petrovsky shungite was the first step to making the shungite popular around the world, discovering new types and searching for new deposits. Petrovsky shungite is now being mined in the dumps near the deposit. Its quantity is considered to be not much more than 5 tons. It`s not that much, so the value of this stone is getting higher and higher. It is popular among collectors as the unique material for water purifying at home. It is more effective than usual shungite, that explains the difference in price. The carbon content is very close to the noble (or silver) shungite.