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When it comes to choosing stones, do you find yourself gravitating more towards rough ones or the tumbled sort? Do you think that one works better than the other or perhaps one has a stronger energy over the other? While you are the only one that knows which one works best for you, it’s interesting to hear what different experts have to say on the subject of rough vs. tumbled stones.

My own feeling in the rough vs tumbled stones debate has always been that rough stones have a more forceful presence than stones that have been tumbled or polished. I usually work with rough stones when an energetic breakthrough is needed.

People often ask me whether rough stones or tumbled stones are “better” or “most powerful”. However, “more powerful” or “stronger” doesn’t always equate to BETTER. Like anything else, it depends upon the person working with the crystals and the specific situation or scenario.



Rough vs Tumbled StonesTumbled stones or polished stones have a really subtle, gentle energy that radiates outward in all directions.

In general, they feel a bit gentler to me. Sometimes this is just what’s needed. Tumbled stones are great to work with for those who are sensitive to energy. They are also good for those who are working through intense emotions.

Some healers say that the more natural or unworked a stone is, the more energy it contains. However this hasn’t been my experience at all. It’s also really hard to quantify what’s meant by “more energy”. The conclusion we can draw here is that some of these healers may think that the process of shaping or polishing a stone may damage the stone in some way, on an energetic level. While I do think that shaping a stone changes the way in which we EXPERIENCE the energy of that stone, it doesn’t change or affect the inherent qualities or energy of the crystal.


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

For example, a rough Amethyst and a tumbled Amethyst still share the same qualities. However, the way the energy is emitted, received, and PERCEIVED by us can shift a bit with each different stone shape. Just like it changes when working with different natural crystal formations – like points, clusters, scepters, geodes, etc.


When choosing a crystal to work with, you may want to consider not only the type of stone and its qualities, but its shape as well.

Using the example above, if you’ve chosen to work with Amethyst for boosting your intuition, then you may want to also choose a compatible shape. If you felt you had 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 may be a better fit. It would be a bit slower build and the process would be more gradual and gentle.

Not to mention, there are LOADS of other crystal shapes you could use. You could use a carved pyramid for amplification or even a sphere for scrying divination.

Another thing to consider when choosing between rough vs tumbled stones is protection. Polishing can put in an extra layer of security, in the form of the polished surface, between users and toxic minerals. For example, Malachite contains copper and should be handled with caution when in its rough form, but polished stones don’t pose the same issue when it comes to malachite. However, this isn’t true of all stones.

Rough vs Tumbled StonesObviously, there’s not total agreement about this amongst all crystal workers, and there likely never will be.

It’s natural that sifting through the opinions of many people brings a variety of experiences. Still, it’s important to remember that crystal energy exists in rough, polished, and tumbled stones. The more natural the form, the more direct the transmission of that energy. Unsurprisingly, people tend to feel more raw power coming from rough stones. But in some circumstances, softer energy is more appropriate. And sometimes other considerations, such as toxicity, make tumbled stones the better choice. They contain a buffer between the raw nature of the stone and the practical realities of human needs.

So what might this mean for professional crystal healers?

Ultimately, there is no clear winner. If you’re a practicing crystal healer, you may want to consider having some rough stones and some tumbled stones available in your crystal toolkit. And when in doubt, just trust your intuition. If, like many people, you feel stronger energy coming from rough stones, you’ll want to take that into consideration when choosing your crystals. But that doesn’t mean rough is always better. Other times, safety, aesthetics, or a desire for softer energy may lead you to tumbled stones. In those cases, that’s the right choice for your circumstances.


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Crystal Controversy: Rough vs. Tumbled Stones
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Crystal Controversy: Rough vs. Tumbled Stones
Which is better: a rough crystal, or one that’s been polished? We hear that question all the time at Mimosa. Some people think that rough stones have a purer energy, whereas others say the form of the stone makes no difference.
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12 responses to “Crystal Controversy: Rough vs Tumbled Stones

  1. Jason M on December 16, 2020 at 6:18 am

    This makes so much sense to me. I am drawn to the raw forms but I am intense in personality.
    Personally, I know my intensity is too much for some people. Much like I have to turn down, I can completely understand how raw energy might be”extra” as well.

    1. Jolie Love and Light Support on December 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      I’m happy you feel that it makes sense! & I hear you – I’m glad this resonated so well with you. <3 Crystal Blessings!

  2. Caryn on June 13, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I’ve been using crystals for a couple of years and have been wondering about this. I’m glad that my question was answered—very clearly and with examples.

    1. Love and Light Support on June 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      So happy you found this useful! 🙂 Thanks for the support, Crystal Blessings!

  3. Sandra Strong on July 18, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I am interested in taking a crystal certification class. I have been a Reiki I & II practitioner for almost 4 yrs now and would love to incorporate crystal therapy and healing along with my practice.

    Light & Blessings?

    1. Debbie - Love & Light Support on July 19, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Sandra! We’ve had many students incorporate crystals into Reiki healing sessions after taking our courses. Find out more about them here and by signing up for the waitlist >>>

  4. Michele on October 17, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Just yesterday I purchased a string of very large malachite beads that are chipped and raw in places. I wasn’t thinking that being from the copper family they would be toxic. You specifically mentioned that stone in your blog. I am always in awe at the synchronicity. Even though you posted this almost a year ago I connected with it today when I needed it. I am so grateful for your generous sharing of information! You are a true teacher!

    1. Cortney Love & Light Support on February 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Michele! It’s truly amazing when synchronicity reveals something we need to know at just the perfect time, love it! Thank you for sharing! <3 Crystal Blessings!

  5. Laurie on August 26, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you for explaining it, I always wondered if a polished stone was more “manufactured” thus the energy had dissipated, I understand now that it’s been handled in a way that softens the energy making it a better fit for the purpose you need at that time. I will consider polished crystals more seriously now. 🙂

    1. Cortney Love & Light Support on September 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Laurie! You are so welcome! We’re happy you found some clarification on tumbled stones and the difference between the energy and how to use them. <3 Crystal Blessings

  6. John on February 22, 2024 at 12:03 am

    Thank you for sharing these incredible facts!!

    1. Cortney Love & Light Support on February 22, 2024 at 1:35 pm

      Hi John, you’re so welcome! Thank you for sharing your feedback! <3 Crystal Blessings

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