The Backyard Naturalist store display featuring Septarian Stones AKA Dragon Geodes and more.

Rock, Mineral and Crystal Specimens

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 have 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 on your next visit.

Our stock varies, due to availability and demand, so 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:

  • Amazonite
  • Amethyst
  • Apache Tear Obsidian
  • Aquamarine
  • Birds Eye Malachite
  • Blue Calcite
  • Blue Fluorite
  • Blue Sodalite
  • Brown Tigers Eye
  • Carnelian
  • Celestite
  • Chrysocolla
  • Citrine
  • 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
  • Orthoceras
  • Peridot
  • Petrified Wood
  • Prehnite
  • Quartz: Clear Quartz, White Quartz, Rose Quartz, Sulfur Quartz, Blue Quartz, Smoky Quartz
  • Red Striped Dolomite
  • Ruby, Ruby Zolsite?
  • Selenite
  • Sodalite
  • Tourmaline, Pink, Black, Green
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Check out our lush selection of polished, tumbled and carved rocks and mineral specimens! We have shapes including smooth slabs, pyramids, spheres, points and columns.


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Our in-store stock varies, due to availability and demand, so if you’re looking for something specific, please call us!

‘Semi-Precious’, Polished Stone Hearts

  • Amazonite
  • Amethyst
  • Carnelian
  • Fluorite
  • Malachite
  • Quartz, Rose Quartz
  • Rhodonite
  • Rhyolite
  • Sodalite
  • Tiger Eye
  • Unakite
  • And more.

Semi-Precious, Polished, Carved Stone Eggs

  • Malachite
  • Prehnite
  • Quartz,Rose Quartz

Geodes

  • Amethyst
  • Agates and Agate Bookends
  • Keokuk

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Are you looking for our Crystal Suncatchers and Rainbow Makers? Go here