What Are Tumbled Stones?

Tumbled stones crystals are pieces of rocks and minerals that have been rounded, smoothed and polished into beautiful gemstones in a rock tumbler.

These beautiful natural materials have a pleasing shape and bright polish which make them popular in jewellery, craft, collectibles etc.

The most popular materials used for making tumbled stones are attractive and colourful rocks and minerals that have a Mohs hardness between 5 and 8.

Below is a list of materials used for tumbled stones:

  • Chalcedony – Agate, Blood Stone, Jasper, Carnelian
  • Quartz – Amethyst, Aventurine, Citrine, Clear, Rose, Smoky, Tiger Eye
  • Mineral – Amazonite, Fluorite, Garnet, Labradorite, Moonstone, Sodalite, Sunstone, Turquoise, Apatite, Phoenix Stone, Epidote, Aquamarine
  • Rock – Lapis Lazuli, Obsidian, Tourmaline, Lepidolite

What the difference between tumbled stones crystals and raw crystals?

There’s no difference from my personal perspective.

Visually, some people may be more drawn to polished crystals because they have a more subtle, gentle energy that radiates outward in all directions. While there are others that feel “more powerful” or “stronger” by raw crystals. It’s really a personal experience with your crystals and how you work with the energies.

When working with a shaped stone, our experience of that stone may change.

For example, a rough Green Aventurine and a tumbled Green Aventurine still share the same qualities. However, how we perceive can shift a bit with each different stone shape. Just like it changes when working with different natural crystal formations – like points, clusters, sceptres, geodes, etc.

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