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Tumbled stone mixtures

Tumbled Stone Mixtures

The most economical way to purchase tumbled stones.


Each package contains many different types of stones in a variety of colors. Tumbled stone mixtures are popular for crafts, planters, vase filler, decor, New Age projects, mementoes, and much more. We sell them by weight in 1, 3, 10, 20 and 40 pound packages. The larger the package, the lower the cost per pound.

Extra large tumbled stones
Extra Large Stones
1 1/8" to 2"
16-24 per pound
Large tumbled stones
Large Stones
7/8" to 1 3/8"
32-48 per pound
Medium tumbled stones
Medium Stones
5/8" to 1"
70-110 per pound
Small tumbled stones
Small Stones
1/2" to 3/4"
180-250 per pound

Tumbled stone varieties

Single-Variety Stone Packages

Premium stones for jewelry, decor, crafts and more.

We also sell premium-quality tumbled stones in single-variety packages. These are medium-size stones (approximately 5/8" to 1" in maximum diameter). They are sold in 1-stone, 5-stone, 1/4-pound, 1/2-pound, and 1-pound packages. The larger the package, the lower your cost per stone.

Single-variety polished stone packages are a great way to get beautiful stones that are a bit nicer than the stones included in our mixtures. They are purchased by people who use the stones for jewelry; New Age practices; game pieces; home and office decor projects; artwork; teaching; photography props; retail displays; potted plant accents; rock, mineral and gem collections; and much more.

What Are Tumbled Stones?
What are tumbled stones?
Tumbled stones (also known as "polished stones" or "baroque gems" or "polished rocks") are small pieces of rocks and minerals that have been rounded, smoothed, and polished in a rock tumbler. They are beautiful, colorful, brightly polished specimens of natural materials. Tumbled stones are very popular with people who make jewelry or use them in a variety of craft and home decor projects. They are also used in many New Age practices. We sell them in mixed stone packages and in single-variety packages. We also have a page that shows many uses for tumbled stones.

Wholesale Tumbled Stones?
Bulk tumbled stones
Lots of gift shop owners, schools, summer camps, nonprofit organizations and others have contacted us to ask, "Do you sell wholesale?" Our reply is always, "We sell to everyone at the prices listed on our website. The prices there give you a discount for purchasing larger sized packages." That is the reply that we give to everyone. When you purchase a one-pound bag or a three-pound bag of mixed tumbled stones, you pay a higher price per pound than the person who buys a 10 or 20 or 40 pound bulk package. Lots of retailers purchase our bulk packages and resell those stones at profitable prices. We offer some retailing ideas for shop owners at the bottom of our bulk tumbled stones page.

What to Expect in Mixtures
How stones are measured
We want you to understand what you will receive when you buy tumbled stone mixtures from us. We have an article that explains - with as much honesty as we can provide:
  * how tumbled stones are sized
  * how they are measured
  * expect some undersized or oversized
  * how many to expect in a pound
  * how many varieties in a package
  * expect some chipped or broken
  * place a test order before a big buy
  * uses for tumbled stones
  * why we are unable to hand-pick stones to meet your size, shape, color, or other requirements

Collecting Tumbled Stones
treasure bag
We know that lots of people like to have a small collection of nice stones. To help with that we offer a collection of 50 different tumbled stones from around the world. We also offer small packages that contain five premium stones for over 70 different varieties of tumbled stones. Lots of people like to store a few tumbled stones in a velour "treasure bag" with a drawstring.

Tumbled Stone Shapes and Sizes
tumbled stone sizes
We sell tumbled stones in five different sizes: extra small (5/16" to 5/8"), small (1/2" to 3/4"), medium (5/8" to 1"), large (7/8" to 1 3/8") and extra large (1 1/8" to 2"). To help you visualize these sizes, we have a tumbled stone size chart that you can download as a .pdf document and print. When printed on paper, the photos of the tumbled stones are as close as we could get to their actual size. If you have any questions about stone sizes and shapes, please print this document.

Make Them or Buy Them?
Model B tumbler
Some people purchase a rock tumbler because they think it will be cheaper to produce tumbled stones themselves than it will be to buy them. This might be true if you live where you can collect great agates or jaspers for free. However, if you have to purchase the rough, purchase grit, purchase polish, pay for electricity and spend lots of time, then you are probably better off buying tumbled stones. It is very difficult to compete with commercial rock tumblers who tumble in 6000-pound tumblers and purchase their supplies by the ton. We have an article about the economics of producing tumbled stones.

In summary, buy a rock tumbler if you want the experience and satisfaction of tumbling your own stones, but if you want to save money on tumbled stones, then buy tumbled stones in bulk.

Tumbled Stone Gifts
Tumbled stone gifts
These are perfect gifts for people who love tumbled stones... 1) a crystal-clear jar full of beautiful tumbled stones; or, 2) a white drawstring bag that contains a pound of tumbled stones. A free tumbled stone identification guide is included with each bag or jar.

50-Stone Collection
50 different tumbled stone collections
Get a collection of 50 different semiprecious tumbled stones from countries around the world and five different continents. Each specimen is a brightly-polished example that is representative of that gemstone. Specimens range from 5/8" to 1 1/2" in maximum diameter. This collection comes with a soft drawstring pouch and a special identification card that shows the 50 selected varieties of stones and their names. These are great to keep as a collection or for use in making jewelry and craft projects.

Types of Tumbled Stones?
Tumble polished stones
Tumbled stones are produced from hundreds of different types of rocks, minerals, volcanic glasses, and fossil materials. The most commonly seen varieties include agate, jasper, petrified wood, and varieties of quartz such as aventurine, tiger's-eye, and banded amethyst. We sell tumbled stone mixtures and over 70 varieties of tumbled stones.

Gemstones of the World
Gemstones of the world
Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann is one of the most popular gemstone books ever written, with over one million copies in print. The fifth edition has about 100 pages of basic gemstone information and about 200 pages dedicated to photos and descriptions of over 100 gems and gem materials. It will help you learn about gemstones and serve as a guide to their identification. This book is always kept within easy reach at the desks where we do our reading and writing because it is an excellent book for learning and reference.

Identifying Tumbled Stones
Tumble polished stones
The most popular types of tumbled stones are made from materials that are fairly easy to identify. If you have some tumbled stones, a comparison chart, and are willing to do a little learning, then you should be able to identify many of the stones. See our picture guide to polished stone identification, and our free printable tumbled stone identification chart. We also offer for sale handy 4x6 identification cards.

Uses for Tumbled Stones
uses for tumbled stones
There are a million uses for tumbled stones. Our customers frequently send us photos of what they have made, and we are always discovering new uses for our favorite stones. We assembled a small collection of our favorites. We hope you decide to make a few things. :-)

Vase Filler and More
tumbled stone vase filler
One of our favorite uses of tumbled stones is in vases or planters or any clear container. Place a few medium or small tumbled stones in the bottom of a vase, insert your flowers and then add enough additional stones to hold them in place, or fill a clear vase to a height that looks nice. Get a nice clear container, add some medium tumbled stones and insert your cosmetic brushes to create a colorful brush holder. A couple large polished stones make a nice accent in a potted plant or add a ground cover of small polished stones so that you don't disturb the soil when you water the plant. The cover of stones also slows evaporation. Enjoy!

Polished Stone Identification

Polished Stone Identification Guide

Tumbled Stone Varieties
Tumbled Stone Varieties

"Healing Crystals"
Tumble-polished stones
Many people believe that placing certain types of rocks, minerals, or gemstones on parts of the body that are suffering can produce a healing effect. This and many other practices have been followed by many cultures, in all parts of the world, throughout recorded history. Although there is no scientific evidence to support these practices beyond a "placebo effect," many people today continue to seek out certain types of tumbled stones for their healing, energy, mental, romantic, spiritual, or other potential values. We make no claims whatsoever that the stones that we sell have any special values or powers. Medical experts always recommend seeking qualified medical assistance if you have any physical or mental concerns. A delay in seeking proper treatment can result in serious illness, injury, or even death. Please take care.

Tumbled Stone Jewelry
tumbled stone jewelry
Tumbled stone jewelry is easy to make. All you need are some findings, some glue, and a small pair of pliers. We sell jewelry parts collections that allow you to make pendants, keychains, tie-tacks, and bracelets. We also have an article that shares our experience in gluing tumbled stones to metal findings.