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Skyrim:No Stone Unturned

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Find the 24 gems to restore the Crown of Barenziah.
Quest Giver: Quest received upon finding the first "Unusual Gem".
Location(s): Skyrim
Reward: Prowler's Profit
ID: TGCrownMisc, TGCrown
Suggested Level: 18 (for the final part)
The Crown of Barenziah restored

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Find one of the 24 "Unusual Gems" scattered throughout Skyrim.
  2. Become a full member of the Thieves Guild (if not one already).
  3. Have the gem appraised by Vex at The Ragged Flagon in Riften.
  4. Collect the remaining stones of a full set and return to Vex.
  5. Retrieve the Crown of Barenziah and return to Vex.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

An Unusual Gem

What Do We Have Here?Edit

In your travels about Skyrim, you will come upon an ornate jewel (one of twenty-four spread across Skyrim) called an Unusual Gem. Subsequent actions after you acquire one of these gems depends on your membership status with the Thieves Guild.

Not a Member of the Thieves GuildEdit

If you are not a member of the Thieves Guild, picking up the first Unusual Gem you encounter will activate the miscellaneous quest objective: "Bring the Unusual Gem to an appraiser".

Depending on your past travels and interactions, following your objective marker will likely take you to Maul, a Nord thief in Riften. If you have not yet spoken with Maul, he will seek you out with some unsolicited advice. After the conversation, ask him what he knows about the gem. He will tell you that you need to show it to Vex of the Thieves Guild, to find out what the gem is worth. Maul will also tell you that to get to Vex, you must first become a member of the Thieves Guild. If you press for information on the guild, you will be told to find Brynjolf in Riften's marketplace. You can find him as suggested, or in the Bee and Barb at night. Talking to him will activate the quest A Chance Arrangement, which is the first step towards becoming a member of the Guild. Once you have access to The Ragged Flagon, seek out Vex for her appraisal of the gem. She will tell you that it is one of twenty-four stones that were pried from the crown of Queen Barenziah by a thief in an attempt to cover his tracks, and that only the complete set of twenty-four stones would be worth anything. If Maul does not tell you to find Brynjolf, you can seek him out yourself.

Already a Member of the Thieves GuildEdit

If you are a full member of the Thieves Guild when you pick up the first stone, the quest is immediately activated with the objective: "Bring the Unusual Gem to Vex in the Thieves Guild". Find Vex in The Ragged Flagon. She will tell you that it is one of twenty-four stones that were pried from the crown of Queen Barenziah by a thief in an attempt to cover his tracks. She will further inform you that the stone is worthless on its own, but that if you can find the other twenty-three, the collection would be worth a substantial sum.

Finding the GemsEdit

After showing the Unusual Gem to Vex, the gems are renamed "Stones of Barenziah," and will appear as such in your inventory when in your possession. You must now find all twenty-four stones.

You'll need to complete some other tasks before you have access to all locations where the gems are to be found:

Aside from those, most other gems can actually be obtained at any point in the game. Many are located in places that you will be sent to during other quests, so you may want to consider getting the stone concurrently with the quest.

The stones are located in the following places:

Location Notes Related Quest RefID
Whiterun (image) Hall of the Dead (Whiterun). Inside the Catacombs; go down the left stairs and it will be to your left, next to a skeleton. Andurs' Arkay Amulet 0007f956
Whiterun (image) Dragonsreach, the Jarl's bedroom, on the right-hand end table. Imitation Amnesty 0007f95d
Whiterun (image) Jorrvaskr's living quarters, on the bookshelf in Kodlak's room. Glory of the Dead 0007f923
Solitude (image) Blue Palace, Jarl's bedroom, right side of the bed on top of the wardrobe. 0007f926
Solitude (image/
Proudspire Manor. You must first purchase the house for a hefty sum of 25,000 coins. The stone is found on the top floor in the master bedroom, on top of the wardrobe behind the door. (It's there with or without the bedroom upgrade.) The Man Who Cried Wolf and Elisif's Tribute 0007fb3a
Riften (image) Mistveil Keep, Jarl's bedroom. Go up the stairs and through the locked center door. It will be on the end table left of the bed. 0007fb55
Windhelm (image) Palace of the Kings Upstairs. Take the first door to the left upon entering the main palace area, then find Wuunferth's room with an Alchemy Lab & Arcane Enchanter at the end of the hall. The stone is on a table on the right side of the room. Blood on the Ice 0007f962
Windhelm (image) House of Clan Shatter-Shield, on a bookshelf in the room to the left of the top of the stairs. Mourning Never Comes 0007f965
Markarth (image) The Treasury House, on a bedside table in Thonar's bedroom, which is down the hall on the left from where you enter the front door. You may need to pick an apprentice-level door, but no one reacts. The Forsworn Conspiracy 0007f925
Markarth (image) Understone Keep's Dwemer Museum, on a table in the first room to the left. Hard Answers 0007f909
College of Winterhold (image) Arch-Mage's Quarters. Access may be gained at the end of the quest Under Saarthal. Under Saarthal 0007f908
Dead Crone Rock (image) On the stone altar opposite the Word Wall. Pieces of the Past 0007fb4f
Black-Briar Lodge (image) The gem is in the top floor bedroom, next to the bed. Promises to Keep 0007fb56
Ansilvund (image) The gem is on the table at the end of Ansilvund Burial Chambers. Ansilvund (quest) 0007fb5d
Stony Creek Cave (image) The gem is on the table next to the alchemy lab in the room off to the side. Finn's Lute and The Edge of RuinCC 0007fb65
Rannveig's Fast (image) After falling down the trapdoor in front of the chest and the Word Wall, the stone is next to the alchemy lab and chest on the right. 0007fb64
Fellglow Keep (image) Head straight up the stairs and to the right. Hitting the Books 0007fb58
Dainty Sload (image) Head down into the waterlogged bowels and up the opposing stairs. In the last room on the table. The Dainty Sload 0007f927
Sunderstone Gorge (image) On the table with two bodies in front of the Word Wall. 0007fb51
Yngvild (image) The gem is in the bedroom behind the throne in Yngvild Throne room. Toying With The Dead 0007fb4a
Hob's Fall Cave (image) The gem is near the alchemy set under the bridge in the northwestern part of the cave system. Pantea's Flute 0007fb63
Reeking Cave (image) or
Thalmor Embassy (image)
Prior to patch 1.4, the stone is located in the Thalmor Embassy in Elenwen's Solar on the second floor. After patch 1.4, inside Reeking Cave next to a corpse in the back.
Acquiring the gem during the Diplomatic Immunity quest is advised, since the easiest way to access the cave is during your escape near the end of that quest. However, it is still possible to access Reeking Cave without doing that quest.
Diplomatic Immunity 0007fb54
Pinewatch Bandit's Sanctuary (image) Head down to the basement and press the hidden button to the right of the bookcase, providing access to the bandit's hideout. The gem is found in a locked room in the Bandit's Sanctuary. Silver Lining 0007fb45
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (image) On the dresser in Astrid's room. It is still accessible after the Death Incarnate quest; however, the game may freeze when you try to enter the Sanctuary after completing that quest. Sanctuary or Destroy the Dark Brotherhood! 0007f901

Will be marked as stolen unless you are of an appropriate faction rank.

Recovering the CrownEdit

Find the Crown within Tolvald's Cave

Show Vex the full set of Stones, and she will have you travel to Tolvald's Cave to retrieve the Crown of Barenziah. The cave is three layers deep, and crawling with Falmer, so be sure to prepare yourself. When approaching the crown, three hostile Dunmer Ghosts will appear and attack. After returning with the Crown, you will receive the permanent effect Prowler's Profit, which significantly increases the chance of finding gems in randomized containers.


  • If you enter Tolvald's Cave without having spoken to Vex about having all the gems, the area where the crown is found will be blocked off by rubble. This will cause you to have to return to Vex and then travel all the way through the cave again to find the crown.
  • The gems that will be marked as stolen may say "steal" instead of "take" when acquiring them; in this case, they will still be marked as stolen and if you're caught taking them, you will be reported.
  • If your game is prior to patch 1.4 and you haven't recovered the stone from within the Thalmor Embassy, there are multiple workarounds detailed on the location page.
  • There are no quest markers for the stones, so unless you intend to find all the stones by chance, it may be best to print out a list of their locations and cross each one off as you find it.
  • It is impossible to remove this quest from your list without joining the Thieves Guild; if you don't want to do that, you may be better off ignoring any Unusual Gems you come across, as they have no other use in the game and cannot be removed from your inventory without Vex.
  • The stone in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is not generated by the game until either of the related quest lines is started.
  • Text in the game code suggests that you were originally supposed to see Tonilia about the gems. The dialogue about buying the gems would have made much more sense in that context.


  • If you gather all 24 stones before getting Vex to identify them it won't advance to the stage where you need to turn them back in to her and your journal will still say to recover the gems (24/24).
    • The Official Skyrim Patch, version, fixes this bug.
    •   To fix this, type these console commands: setobjectivecompleted TGCrown 20 1, followed by setstage TGCrown 30.
  • The Prowler's Profit may not appear in the Active Effects menu, but it should still be in effect.
  • Once you've learned that these Unusual Gems are actually Stones of Barenziah any new stones will no longer stack in your inventory, previously collected stones will stack when presented to Vex however.
  • Repeatedly pressing the activate button while picking up a Stone may shortcut this quest. Your inventory will only increase by one Stone, but your quest progress will increase by more than one, allowing you to return to Vex and move onto recovering the Crown before visiting all 24 Stone locations. This is most easily performed with all the words of Slow Time.
  • Sometimes the gems that are supposed to be in Fellglow Keep and Pinewatch Sanctuary don't appear and will prevent progress with the quest.
    •   Type the following three commands into the console for a workaround: set TGCrownGemsFound to 24; set TGCrownGemsTotal to 24; setstage TGCrown 30. This will not update the journal entry with the correct number of gems found but it will unlock Vex's dialogue to proceed with the quest.
  • The finished crown has 25 stones in it, even though only 24 exist. When found without the stones, all 25 of the crown's slots are empty.
  • The Dunmer Ghosts in Tolvald's Cave may become hostile to each other due to an improper faction setup.
  • There´s a chance only a single male Dunmer Ghost shows up by the crown and that it's not hostile. When talked to, he may say something along the lines of "It's been so many years...", or he may not speak at all. He can also be pickpocketed for an Elven Shield.
  • If you've angered Maul, he will not speak with you about the Unusual Gem, even though he's the quest target.
    • As noted in the text, this can be bypassed by simply joining the Thieves Guild and ignoring Maul.
  • You may collect all 24 stones but the journal entry may say you have 23 & 23 may only show up in your inventory

Quest StagesEdit

No Stone Unturned Misc Handler (TGCrownMisc)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I've found an unusual gem which seems to exhibit magical properties. I should bring it to someone knowledgeable in such goods for appraisal.
Objective 10: Bring the Unusual Gem to an appraiser
20 With Maul in Riften no longer speaking to me, I'm going to have to continue my search for someone who can identify my unusual gem.
Objective 20: Find someone who can identify the Unusual Gem
200 Finishes quest 
No Stone Unturned (TGCrown)
5 It was suggested that I show my Unusual Gem to Vex, a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften. However, I'll need to wait until I'm full member of the Guild before she'll be able to assist me.
Objective 5: Become a full member of the Thieves Guild
10 I've found an unusual gem which seems to exhibit magical properties. I should bring it to Vex at the Thieves Guild for an appraisal.
Objective 10: Bring the Unusual Gem to Vex in the Thieves Guild
20 The unusual gem has turned out to be one of twenty-four "Stones of Barenziah." According to Vex, they have little value unless the set is complete.
Objective 20: Recover the Stones of Barenziah (<Global=TGCrownGemsFound>/24)
Objective 30: Speak to Vex
40 Vex has revealed to me that the Crown of Barenziah is actually a paragon for the Thieves Guild. If I can recover the crown from Tolvald's Cave, she should be able to restore our paragon to its full strength.
Objective 40: Recover the Crown of Barenziah
Objective 50: Return to Vex
200 Finishes quest  I've brought the Crown of Barenziah back to Vex, who has restored it to its original condition where it now serves as a paragon for the Thieves Guild.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table:
    • TGCrownMisc: 0.
    • TGCrown: 0.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage TGCrownMisc, TGCrown stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest TGCrownMisc, TGCrown.