Shungite has really been brought to the worlds attention because of its amazing properties and uniqueness as a crystal. It looks similar to coal and leaves black dust on the hands when handled. Shungite is found in one place called Zazhoginskoye near Lake Onega in the Shunga region of Karelia, North West of Russia.
Shungite is unique in that it contains Fullerenes. Fullerenes are a form of carbon molecule that is neither graphite nor diamond. They consist of a spherical, ellipsoid, or cylindrical arrangement of dozens of carbon atoms. Fullerenes were named after Richard Buckminster Fuller, an architect known for the design of geodesic domes which resemble spherical fullerenes in appearance. A spherical fullerene looks like a soccer ball, and are often called "buckyballs," whereas cylindrical fullerenes are known as "buckytubes" or "nanotubes." Shungite is a mineral black carbon.