How To Start A Collection of Crystals and Tumbled Stones

Collection of crystals and tumbled stones.
Collection of crystals and tumbled stones. | Source
Honessite with Pyrite in Quartz Geode
Honessite with Pyrite in Quartz Geode | Source

There is such a diverse range of natural crystals and rock minerals that it is mind boggling. Crystals, gemstones and raw rocks are mineral specimens used in the manufacture of jewelry and fashion accessories. They are usually found in their raw form. The crystals and gemstones look like clusters of rocks before they are cut and polished.

A pair of amethyst cathedrals.
A pair of amethyst cathedrals. | Source

Some rocks and crystals are sold in their original forms without cutting them into different shapes and smaller sizes. Amethyst and citrine are being sought after in their original forms as large geodes or crystal clusters. Each crystal geode is different from another and that makes individual specimen rare and highly prized.

The Power of Amethyst

Like many crystal stones used in holistic healing, amethyst is a meditative and calming stone.

What Are Tumbled Stones

Tumbled stones (also called tumblestones or tumble stones) are rocks, crystals or mineral that have been put through a commercial rock tumbler to have their rough edges removed. During the process of tumbling, the rough looking raw crystals are subject to grinding and polishing with grit, water and vibration in a rock tumbler.

Home versions of rock tumblers are also available for sale if you want to do your own polishing of rocks and other raw specimens.

A Large Rock Tumbler

Tumbled agates and jaspers in a rock tumbler.
Tumbled agates and jaspers in a rock tumbler. | Source

The rock specimens come out of the tumbler looking different from their original state. Some rocks come out looking better than other rock specimens. The longer the tumbling process, the smoother the rocks will be. Some rocks come out all shiny, beautiful and smooth, while there are others that have little or no shine after the tumbling process. The smooth tumbled stones will reveal in their true, natural colours.

Collection of crystals and tumbled stones.
Collection of crystals and tumbled stones. | Source

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A collection of crystal stones can be made up of a variety of stones and crystals, each with their own mineral compositions and colour variations. Crystal gemstones are very versatile. These stones are especially popular in crystal healing and as decorations in the home. Other common uses of the polished crystals are in jewelry and meditation.

Crystal gemstones are also ideal for birthday gifts, like a polished birthstone makes a great gift for someone special.

Various crystals used in holistic medicine can enhance the body, mind and soul.

Popular Stones To Start A Collection

Rose Quartz
Lapis Lazuli
Green Aventurine

Why Collect Tumbled Stones

It's a great way to learn about Mother Nature's colourful creation of crystals and rocks. Tumbled stones are beautiful and affordable for the beginner collector. A collector can easily afford tumbled stones to start a small collection of his/her own favourite stones.

Uses for Crystal Tumbled Stones

  • Decorations indoors and outdoors
  • Used as vase fillers in flower arrangements
  • Larger tumbled stones are used in rock gardens and landscapings
  • Small tumbled stones are used in fish tanks and aquariums
  • Used as healing crystals in holistic practices
  • Used in jewelry making of pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces

Agates of different colours
Agates of different colours | Source
Quartz stones
Quartz stones | Source

How to start a crystal tumbled stone collection

There are so many types of tumbled stones available that it is very confusing where to begin. Some of the things to consider before starting your crystal tumbled stones collection:

Size of the tumbled stones

Good-sized tumbled stones are 1-3cm though they are also available in smaller or bigger sizes. Smaller stones are lighter to carry around. Larger ones are heavier and better for displays.

You can also have a mixed collection of polished stones, raw specimens, clusters, gemstone chips and geodes.

Theme based collection

You might want to collect stones of one particular theme, colour or unusual shapes.

There are many types of jaspers and agates. Some people like to collect only quartz stones. A set of all the birthstones or your own favourite stones makes a nice collection.

Rare stones are beautiful, they are hard to find but that's the challenging and fun part of collecting them.

Where to put your collection

Some people display crystals and tumbled stones around the house for healing and soul cleansing reasons. You can display the stones in each room as decorations or you can store them in pouches or containers. By storing them in pouches, you can bring your collection with you when you go out or when you travel.

Where to buy your crystal clusters and tumbled stones

  • Crystal shops
  • Ebay
  • Flea markets or weekend markets
  • Craft markets
  • Swap meets

Tumbled Stones!

Tumbled stones for sale.
Tumbled stones for sale. | Source

Take A Look At The Selection of Tumbled Stones in The Video

How to store your precious collection

  • Pouches
  • Tupperware/plastic containers
  • Wrapped in soft cloth
  • Craft organiser boxes
  • Beads storage boxes
  • Shoe boxes or cardboard boxes

List of Beautiful Stones to Collect

Black Tourmaline
Orange Calcite
Picture Jasper
Leopard Skin Jasper
Mookaite Jasper
Moss Agate
Red Jasper
Zebra Jasper
Lapis Lazuli
Mahogany Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian
Petrified Wood
Pink Opal
Rose Quartz
Golden Rutilated Quartz
Smokey Quartz
Tiger Eye
Tiger Iron
Tourmalated Quartz
Turritella Agate
Tree Agate
Crystal Quartz
Amethyst tumbled stones
Amethyst tumbled stones | Source

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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland

I've never heard of this before and I had no idea there was such a vast amount of stones out there that one could collect. I do like the idea of displaying them in different areas of the house. I think they would look fantastic being displayed in some type of glass jar.

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poetvix 2 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

We have a few crystals and some geodes. I've always wanted a rock tumbler. Since we moved, we are finding all kinds of the coolest looking rocks, ones with veins of gorgeous colors and others with the most amazing shapes. The other day my hubby brought me one he found that is shaped just like a heart. I would really love to run that one through one of these machines. I found this interesting and informative. Awesome.

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

sangre, there are a lot more stones out there than I can mention in the above list. That's a lot of stones for a beginner collector to begin with! Yes, the tumbled stones would definitely look beautiful in a glass jar.

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

The home version rock tumbler is very portable. If you have all kinds of gorgeous rocks, a bit a polishing in the rock tumbler would give you the most beautiful pieces of rocks to add to your collection.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

I am leaving on an adventure in a few days and this gives me some ideas on souvenirs. Very informative hub

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

tirelesstraveler, I'm glad you got some ideas after reading my hub. Sounds like you are embarking on an exciting adventure!

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful and interesting hub with amazing pictures!

My husband takes keen interest in precious stones and their healing power and he has a handsome collection too.

Very informative and interesting hub. Voted up!

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for your lovely comment. It's nice to hear your husband has a handsome collection of precious stones. I'm sure the stones are very beautiful and unique.

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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You've thought of everything! Thanks for the great resource with such detailed photos.

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

randomcreative, thank you for your kind words :)

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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I just love those amethyst cathedrals and haven't managed to add anything that majestic to my collection yet! I am a big fan of all sorts of gemstones and today I picked up some lovely "garden agate" as tumbled stones which was quite fascinating. Voted useful!

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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

Suzanne, the amethyst cathedrals are very heavy to move around. Clusters and geodes surrounded with tumbled stones are beautiful for a small home collection. Thank you for commenting and voting :)

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