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Rough vs. Tumbled Crystals: What’s the Difference?

Written by Nina Ganci

Rough Crystals vs. Tumble Stones? Which one is better? Do they have different healing powers? – My shortest answer is, no, not really, but let’s dive in a little deeper.

The rough or raw crystal comes directly from the earth oozing in energy. Goes through a cleaning process and has rough edges or points.

Polished or tumbled crystals go one step further after the cleaning process is often hand-polished or tumbled or cut and polished. A longer process.

So does this affect the energy of the crystal? Is there a difference in their energy?

Before we decide, we will look at the different shapes of polished crystals

An egg for birthing ideas and projects, a sphere/ball for balance and peace, a pyramid for manifesting desires, a point for focus and direction, a geode/drusy/cluster to enhance energy room, a worry stone for relaxation and anxiety, a heart for meditating and love. The list goes on.

The question to ask is, what do you want to use the crystal for? Use it for healing? Decorate your home? Carry it with you? Energize your desk? Wear it?

We will look at the amethyst for boosting your intuition. If you feel you have a block around receiving messages from your intuition, then maybe you would want to work with a rough amethyst crystal for a big energetic push. Whereas if you were feeling apprehensive or nervous about what your intuition might tell you, then a tumbled amethyst is more suitable. If you want to enhance your already developed intuition further, then maybe a shaped amethyst is more appropriate. You might be attracted to a pyramid or sphere or wand.

Tumbled stones or polished stones have a really subtle, gentle energy that radiates outward in all directions. Sometimes this is just what’s needed. Tumbled stones are great to work with for those who are sensitive to energy and intense emotions.

So what’s the difference between both rough and polished?

All crystals possess energy and one mineral is not going to suddenly go dormant or stop working because it was altered by man.

For example, if you have a piece of carnelian, it does not matter whether the stone is rough, tumbled, shaped, cut or polished. Each stone type possesses the same energy, i.e., carnelian energy is carnelian energy. However, many feel rough stones have more pure, authentic energy than stones that have been cut and polished or tumbled.

It really just depends on your sensitivity to the subtle energies of minerals and your personal preference for texture when working with them. You can use either type of stone for the same purposes. Use that intuition you are meant to use especially when it comes to crystals.

Some days I wish I had an amethyst bath in my garden, but that small crystal I always carry in my bra can hold just as much power. The true power found in crystals comes from yourself, and how you decide to use them.

Rough vs. Tumbled Crystals: What’s the Difference?

Whether you choose a rough or tumbled crystal, it’s going to bring you the protective energy that divinely calls to you. So let the crystals do their thing!

Crystals and Wealth

Pick your selection based on what kind of wealth support you want.

It helps you to accept change and follow your dreams. It opens up the crown chakra and helps access to ancient wisdom. It purifies the heart and spirit. It aids in the making of correct choices. It is excellent at removing self-created obstacles in life. It transmutes negative into positive energy. It imparts a positive attitude fueled by self-confidence. And so you can see, why is said that amber when used properly, helps to add stability to your life. Powerful stone that makes the body heal itself. Powerful stone for good luck as well as protection.

A power stone: excellent for attracting abundance & wealth. Assists in identifying opportunities and has general abundance energies. Known as the stone of chance or luck.

In addition to instilling courage, bloodstone is an intense healing stone, balancing the base, navel, sacral, and heart chakras. Helps one see the benefit and patterns of change, and to recognize the benefit of “turmoil prior to perfection”. One must sometimes break down a pattern of old behavior before it can be rebuilt in a healthier way. (=green JASPER dotted with bright red spots of iron oxide)

Thought to double the intention of its wearer, i.e., it serves as a psychic amplifier.
Magical crystal that is said to double existing power, strength, health, prosperity, and good fortune. It’s often called ‘the wish stone’. Also enhances intellect.

Cat’s Eye
For wealth and confidence.
associated with power in the face of adversity and the ability — like a cat — to cultivate the instinct of self-preservation during adversity

Thought to bring good fortune and prosperity.

Citrine is commonly referred to as the merchant’s stone and used to be placed inside cash registers to usher in prosperity. Helps you to keep money once you get it. The stone of success.

The Emerald is the Queen of the Heart with deep connections to Gaia (the spirit of the Earth) and several of the Archangels. They tend to grow as small stones, but for their small size, they have extraordinary energies. Emerald personifies the luxury and opulence of the Earth.

Visionary stone, brings understanding of destiny & life purpose. Also a money stone: wear it to draw money and opportunity to you. Keep this stone in your cash register too. Don’t overdo it with any kind of lime stone (such as this one), as too much lime causes imbalance.
(Peridot is gem quality of green olivine)

Green Tourmaline
General: Tourmaline is stone of success in all endeavors.
Green Tourmaline: Creativity, prosperity, abundance, compassion. Represents life energy and life force. Excellent for people who work with herbs for healing. Enhances cooperation and healing, especially good at relieving chronic exhaustion, attracting abundance, and expressing creativity.

Jade has long been revered as a stone of prosperity, wealth, health, happiness, and joy. It is the all around “having a great life” stone, but also has deep connections with heart energies and that of Buddha and Kwan Yin.

Powerful protector stone. Protect finances.

An Abundance stone. With its equalizing and balancing vibrations, it can create an unobstructed path leading to a desired goal. Stone of transformation. Excellent stone for identifying, recognizing and releasing negative experiences, especially one that you cannot recall.

Moss Agate
Ancient belief to make warriors strong and victorious.
Also: draws new friends. Relieves exhaustion. Balances emotions. Gives feeling of freedom, expansion, and space, like a walk in nature. Some mention it as useful in locating hidden “treasure” and for money spells.

Mother of Pearl
Attracts prosperity. protective stone. heightens intuition, psychic sensitivity, and imagination. Sea shells were once used as money in many parts of the world, including Polynesia. Because of this, mother of pearl is often associated with money and riches and talismans to bring wealth are sometimes made with this gemstone.

Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances memory. Opal is also a very spiritual stone, and can help one be “invisible” in situations where they don’t care to be noticed. Opal brings happy dreams. It also eases the process of change.

Black and gold are good for prosperity.

Pyrite holds the energies of the Golden Sun within it. It makes wonderful center stone in this grid because the cluster like pieces of Pyrite bounce the energy in such a happy way around the room.

Stone of wise choices and noble decisions. Particularly good for helping to make wise financial decisions. The power of ruby is in its encouragement to follow your bliss and to realize your dreams, helping you to change your world.

Tiger Eye
Stone of self-discipline, qualities of the tiger: patient, focused, determined, alert, with perfect timing and slow, deliberate actions. Excellent grounding stone! If you need to make some changes in your life, this is the stone for you!
This stone is best suited to earthy people. It has been used to stimulate wealth and abundance, and to enhance the stability required to maintain wealth and keep it without sub coming to wealth’s “earthly temptations” of greed and abuse of power.

Stone of success in all endeavors; inspire and assist in “Lighting the divine light of imagination”. Topaz acts as a catalytic trigger, and activates the laws of attraction and manifestation of your desires. It helps you to have faith in the universes desire to help you, prompting receptivity and willingness to act. It helps one to creatively change ones personal world. Silver enhances the effects of topaz, acting as an additional conductor for topazes energy. Topaz is particularly powerful when combined with Amethyst.

Power stone of truth, to be honest with yourself and to walk your talk. Helps analytical thinking and communication. Opens the heart chakra for giving and receiving. Absorbs negativity. Great grounding stone.