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How to Start a Collection of Healing Crystals and Tumbled Stones

Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Collection of crystals and tumbled stones

Collection of crystals and tumbled stones

Honessite with pyrite in quartz geode

Honessite with pyrite in quartz geode

About Crystals and Rock Minerals

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 manufacturing 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

How Rocks and Crystals Are Sold

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 each individual specimen rare and highly prized.

Crystals for Beginners to Collect


Like many crystal stones used in holistic healing, amethyst is a meditative and calming stone. Amethyst can be bought in stores and online websites.


A popular crystal to own due to its powerful positive energy. Many believe citrine can enhance their wellbeing and financial status in a positive way.

Rose Quartz

This light pink crystal has a pleasant aura that signifies happiness, love and relationships. A great gift for people you love.


A mysterious stone that has a glow that is almost as magical and beautiful as the moon. Like the moon, it is the light in the darkness.


As the name suggests, bloodstone has an abundance of energy that gets your blood pumping. Bloodstone enhances positive energy, courage and self-esteem.


Since ancient times, jade has been used for good luck and properity. It promotes peace and tranquility, that is why jade is popular in jewelry making.

Clear Quartz

Clear quartz has its own beauty that resonates with clarity and peace. A common crystal used in crystal healing, it is a great piece of crystal to have at home.

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.

Tumbled agates and jaspers in a rock tumbler

Tumbled agates and jaspers in a rock tumbler

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

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.


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 afford tumbled stones to start a small collection of his/her own favourite stones. Tumbled stones can be used as healing stones that easily fit in your pocket or bag.

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

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

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

Birthstones and Their Meanings
















Success in Love






Contented Mind



Conjugal Felicity













This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2014 lady rain


lady rain (author) from Australia on August 30, 2014:

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 :)

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 30, 2014:

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!

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 27, 2014:

randomcreative, thank you for your kind words :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 27, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 25, 2014:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2014:

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!

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 25, 2014:

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

Judy Specht from California on August 24, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 24, 2014:

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.

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 24, 2014:

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.

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on August 24, 2014:

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.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 24, 2014:

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.