Raw V Tumbled – Is one better than the other?

Raw V Tumbled – Is one better than the other?

You jump online in search of some crystal healing and BAM you are hit with hundreds of choices, in different shapes, sizes, colours. Today, we are going to delve into the debate of raw V tumbled – what works better? (And, is there really a difference).

A raw or rough crystal is an unpolished crystal in its natural state with a rough feel to the outside. Raw crystals are untreated and are pretty much the way you would find them should you have caught them in the wild yourself. A Tumbled stone has been through a process. Envision a sandpaper like machine that tosses the rough stone around and around until the surface is smooth and generally small enough to fit in your pocket, handbag, or bra (you do not know how many times I have broken crystals because I have forgotten they have been in my bra). This is not a quick process! Tumbled crystals can take weeks to get to their tumbled state, and they generally have a Mohs hardness of 5 or more. Any less and they would just break in the machine as they are too soft. For perspective, your fingernail has a Mohs hardness of 2.5!

A tumbled stone does not loose its energetic or vibrational powers through the tumbling process. Some prefer to work with tumbled stones due to their size being generally uniform and they can work well in crystal grids or energy healing. Some people resonate with the feel of the crystal, the smooth texture may be comforting and feel easy to hold in one’s hand.

There is no one uniform school of thought on this debate. What it really boils down to is what feels right for you? A crystal in its raw form may transmute an intense energy, which for some may be too overwhelming. I know myself that there have been times I have had to put down a raw crystal because the energy coming from it was overwhelming and I was not in a state to be able to accept the energy it was trying to give. I was in need of something a little gentler which can come from a tumbled stone. On the flipside, there have been times when I have been trying to manifest an intention and thought to myself, I want all the OOMPH I can muster … gimmie that raw chunk of blue calcite please!

“Tanya, you’ve not really answered the question is one better than the other, what do I do?” I hear you say. That is the thing, one IS NOT better than the other! This is a lesson in learning to trust your intuition. The question you should ask yourself is, what one FEELS better? Are you feeling energetically sensitive and needing a smooth and subtle energy to help you find alignment, then a tumbled stone may work better for you. Do you seek a big energetic bang to help you elevate your mood, manifest your dreams or shift some low vibrations that are in you space, then a raw crystal may be the way to go!

If you are feeling stuck on choosing the right crystal here a little tip that may help. Before you go searching online for a crystal, set your intention. Close your eyes, and take a few deep breathes and focus on what you’re searching for. When you feel grounded and centred, you may like to ask your guides to bring the crystal you need into your focus. When you feel ready, scroll online through the crystals until you notice one that catches your eye.

I am only one message away! If you have any questions or need some help finding what crystals may work for you send me a message! You can find me on Instagram here.

How do you know that a crystal is right for you? Comment below what works for you when you are trying to find the crystal for you. 

Sending love & light your way,




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