The Backyard Naturalist carefully handpicks every rock, mineral, crystal and fossil for sale in our store with love. We are especially proud of our selection of rock and mineral specimens, which is one of the best you’ll find in the DC Metro, suburban Maryland area.
To find out more about fossils at The Backyard Naturalist, see our new Fossils page .
Because we buy our stock from vendors we’ve trusted for years, The Backyard Naturalist often gets very first dibs on the best selection. We refresh our stock frequently, so you’re likely to see something new every time you visit.
If you’re not a rockhound or mineral collector yourself, but love the challenge of finding a meaningful gift for “someone who has everything”, Mother Nature has made sure that each rock, mineral or crystal is unique.
Hot Stuff! A selection from our current stash.
Our stock moves too quickly to update our website, so that means our stock always varies due to availability and demand. If you’re looking for something specific, please stop in and ask.
Examples of The Backyard Naturalist’s Rocks, Minerals and Crystals
The following are lists of specimens that we have, or have had, or may possibly have again! Specimens move quickly and we refresh frequently. Because Mother Nature makes sure each specimen is unique, there’s no way we can keep our website images up-to-date. Your best bet to know when we’ve just got back with some really great stuff from our rock & mineral people, is to subscribe to The Backyard Naturalist’s newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
We sell raw minerals, in their natural form as well as tumbled and carved, like:
- Apache Tear Obsidian
- Birds Eye Malachite
- Blue Calcite
- Blue Fluorite
- Blue Sodalite
- Brown Tigers Eye
- Fibrous Malachite
- Green Jade
- Hematite: Rainbow Hematite, Magnetic Hematite
- Jasper, Fancy Jasper, Yellow Jasper
- Labradorite Gallet
- Lapis Lazuli
- Lepidolite and Rubellite
- Nephrite Jade
- Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Mahogany Obsidian, Gold Sheen Obsidian
- Orange Selenite
- Petrified Wood
- Quartz: Clear Quartz, White Quartz, Rose Quartz, Sulfur Quartz, Blue Quartz, Smoky Quartz
- Red Striped Dolomite
- Ruby, Ruby Zolsite?
- Tourmaline, Pink, Black, Green
‘Semi-Precious’, Polished Stone Hearts
- Quartz, Rose Quartz
- Tiger Eye
- And more.
Semi-Precious, Polished, Carved Stone Eggs
- Quartz,Rose Quartz
- Agates and Agate Bookends
Are you looking for our Crystal Suncatchers and Rainbow Makers? Go here