Tumbled Stones 101: A Beginner's Guide to Crystal Healing and Intention Setting

Tumbled Stones

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The use of healing crystals has grown exponentially in recent years, as the desire for precious gemstones takes a back seat to the more desirable semi-precious stones due to their cheaper price points and relative availability. Tumbled stones are small, polished crystals that possess healing properties used to set intentions for personal growth and well-being. If you're new to the benefits of crystal healing and intentions setting, this beginner's guide will provide you with the information you need to get started. From understanding the different types of stones and their properties to learning how to choose the perfect stone for your needs, we'll cover everything you need to know to start your tumbled stone collection and begin your journey toward a more balanced and mindful life.

What are Tumbled Stones?

Tumbled stones are small, polished rocks used in crystal healing and intention-setting practices. These crystals and gemstones occur naturally and are then tumbled, creating a smooth, shiny surface. Tumbled stones come in many different sizes, colors, and types, each with its unique metaphysical properties. Crystals have various healing properties, such as promoting calmness and relaxation, enhancing creativity and focus, providing protection and grounding energy, etc. Tumbled stones are a great introduction to crystal healing and intention setting, as they are easy to use and carry with you wherever you go.

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The History of Crystal Intentions & Benefits

Crystal healing has been around for centuries and is used by different cultures to promote spiritual and physical healing. Many believe that crystals and gemstones have healing properties that can help restore balance to the mind, body, and soul. In ancient times, crystals were used for their healing properties, and it is believed that the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were among the first to use crystals for medicinal and spiritual purposes. 

Crystal healing works through the vibrations and energies that each crystal emits. Each crystal has a unique energy that can help promote healing with differing properties, each having a unique effect on the body. Crystal healing can help promote relaxation and stress reduction, and emotional and physical healing. With the clarity of mind that crystal healing brings about, it works wonders with helping to maintain focus, paving the way for intention setting, and opening a path towards achieving your goals. Many people find that crystal healing can help them focus on their intentions and goals. Working with healing crystals allows you to connect with your inner self and promote a sense of calm and balance in your life.


History of Crystals - Inner Bliss Designs

How to choose the right tumbled stone for your needs?

Choosing the right tumbled stone is an important part of crystal healing and intention setting. Each stone has its unique properties and energies that can help you with different things. The first step in choosing the right tumbled stone is to determine what you want to use it for. Do you want to promote love and romance in your life? Or do you want to promote focus and concentration? Once you have identified your intentions, you can begin to look for tumbled stones that resonate with those intentions. It is important to consider the color of the stone as well. Each color has its energy and can help you with different things. For example, green stones are often associated with abundance and prosperity, while blue stones are associated with calmness and relaxation. Another important factor to consider is the size of the stone. While larger stones may be more visually appealing, smaller stones can be more practical for carrying with you. You can even carry small stones in your pocket or wear them as jewelry. Finally, it is important to choose a reputable supplier when purchasing tumbled stones. You want to make sure that the stones are authentic and have not been artificially colored or treated. A reputable supplier such as Inner Bliss Designs will be able to provide you with information about the origin of the stone and its properties. Overall, choosing the right tumbled stone involves a combination of intention, color, size, and quality.

Remember, it's easy to choose a stone, all you have to do is:

  1. SEE - Choose the one that looks best to you
  2. TOUCH - Choose the one that Feels Right
  3. INTUITION - Choose the one that CALLS YOU
  4. PROPERTIES - Research the stones & choose the one that Aligns to Your Needs
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Crystals and Their Chakra Alignments

Crystals possess powerful healing energies best explained by first introducing the idea of Chakras, a Sanskrit word for Wheel. A gem may assist in opening one or multiple chakras depending on the stone’s color and intended uses. Some stones containing various colors may heal multiple chakras based on the corresponding color. For example, Chrysocolla targets both the Throat and Heart chakras thanks to the blue and green colors respectively.

Stones & Chakras - Inner Bliss Designs

Healing Benefits of Individual Stones

There are many types of tumbled stones available for crystal healing and intention setting, and below is a quick snapshot of some of our favorites:
Amethyst: This stone is known for its calming and soothing energy. It reduces stress and relieves anxiety. 

Black Tourmaline: This stone is known for its grounding and protective properties. It shields against negative energies.
Carnelian: This stone is often associated with creativity and motivation. It helps with self-expression and confidence.

Citrine: This stone is often associated with abundance and prosperity. It helps with manifestation and goal-setting.
Clear Quartz: This stone is known to amplify energy and intentions. It benefits meditation and manifestation practices.
Malachite: Known as the Traveler's Stone, it assists in setting new intentions for those looking for a fresh start. It's beneficial in promoting self-love and in making new lasting relationships.

Rose Quartz: This stone is often associated with love and relationships. It promotes emotional healing and self-love.

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Tumbled Stone Sets by Intentions & Zodiacs

When choosing a stone, consider its properties and how they align with your intentions. Tumbled stones are used for their individual properties, and are sometimes grouped into sets for zodiacs and intention setting.

Pairing a combination of stones of similar properties together can have compounding effects. The following stones are combined in sets:

  • Anti-Anxiety & Depression: Clear Quartz (Clears The Mind), Moonstone (Inner Peace), Labradorite (Anxiety Relief), Amethyst (Reduces Stress), Rainbow Fluorite (Calms A Chaotic Mind), Rose Quartz (Reduction of Self Criticism)
  • For My Child: Amazonite (Exploring Inner Voice & Confidence), Angelite (Maintains Childlike Innocence), Apatite (Enhances Aptitude For Learning), Rose Quartz (Limits Feelings of Separation Anxiety & Abandonment), Tiger's Eye (Protection), Carnelian (Exploring Creativity)
  • Love & Relationships: Rose Quartz (Unconditional Love), Carnelian (Healthy Relationships), Moonstone (Attracts Love & Affection), Clear Quartz (Amplifies Loving Energy), Garnet (Increases Sexual Chemistry)


If you're new to crystal healing, getting a set that's tailored to your astrological sign is an easy way to dip your toes into the crystal pool. The below sample collection of our zodiac crystal sets are perfect go-to starter packs. While any sign can benefit from the properties of various crystals, starting off with a customized selection offers you a more guided and less daunting approach to diving into beginning crystal usage and practices. Choosing your own crystals can be fun, as they often call out to you individually, however if you're not really into doing your own research, we've got you covered with some of our ready made sets. Below are a few samples, as the sets also come with a brief intro of how each stone assists in the behavioral aspects of the corresponding zodiac.

  • Sagittarius (November 22- December 21): Charoite (Positive Encouragement), Lapis Lazuli (Emotional Stability), Sodalite (Focuses Energy), Turquoise (Finding Your Inner Voice), Obsidian (Renewed Perspective)
  • Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Malachite (Maintains Connection with Loved Ones), Garnet (Controls Anger), Rainbow Fluorite (Positive Thinking), Tiger's Eye (Sees You Through Rough Patches), Black Tourmaline (Brightens Moral Compass)
  • Gemini (May 21- June 21): Amber (Renewal of Spirit), Apatite (Increased Focus), Botswana Agate (New Beginnings), Peach Moonstone (Self-Love & Forgiveness), Selenite (Master Cleanser) 
Zodiacs & Intentions - Inner Bliss Designs

Proper Care For Your Tumbled Stones & Wrapping Things Up

Applying all the best practices in storage and display would all go to waste if you don't first make the effort to cleanse your crystals. Trapped dirt, oil, and grime buildup will gradually reduce the beauty and value of your crystals ” even if they're safely stored.

With that in mind, below are the best ways to properly care for and clean your new crystal babies:

  • Running Water: Water is said to neutralize any negative energy stored inside the stone and return it to the Earth. Natural running water such as a stream is best, simply ensure the stone is completely submerged, (however please do not conduct this method to water-soluble stones (fluorite, selenite, kyanite, etc.), as the stone might deteriorate).
  • Saltwater: Saltwater has been used as a cleansing and purification agent throughout history. Simply follow the steps above, and submerge your crystals into the sea or leave in a bowl overnight. Do be mindful of the above precautions, do not conduct this method for any soft/porous/fibrous stones (malachite, selenite, kyanite, fluorite, celestite, etc.).
  • Recharge under the full moon by simply setting the stones in the direct moonlight. This same approach can also be conducted in the sun, however, do not place them in direct sunlight for elongated periods as it could damage the stones.
  • Sound Healing: This method allows a single pitch or tone to wash over an area, bringing it into the same vibration as the tone. This can be conducted with crystal or Tibetan bowls, handpan, or any wind/string instruments.
  • Sage or Palo Santo Smudging: Place crystals in the direct smoke path, or smudge them with a smudging feather in an outward motion from heart's center.
  • Cleansing Stone: Place near the healing energy of another cleansing stone, such as a Selenite Bowl or Slab

In conclusion, the benefits of crystal healing have been recognized for centuries, and it is a practice that continues to gain popularity today. Whether you are looking to promote physical or emotional healing, or simply want to connect with your inner self, the use of crystals can help you achieve your goals.

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