The Stones of Barenziah are a widely scattered collection of twenty-four gemstones found across Skyrim. Prior to appraisal, each Stone of Barenziah is labeled as an "Unusual Gem." Once any one of the stones are found, there will be a miscellaneous objective that activates and indicates that the next step is appraisal.
Bring the Unusual Gem to an appraiser
After the appraisal, it is revealed that a total of 24 Stones of Barenziah exist, which activates the quest "No Stone Unturned." The stones are quest items of 0.5 weight and worth 200 , and they cannot be removed from the inventory until the entire set is obtained. Many of these stones can be found while completing small jobs for Vex and Delvin of the Thieves Guild. Since the stones are quest items, they do not take up weight in the inventory.
Vex reveals that the Crown of Barenziah is an item that enhances a thief's ability. With the stones and crown in her possession, Vex says she can restore the paragon to its full strength.
Upon completion of the quest "No Stone Unturned" (by turning in all twenty-four stones and recovering the crown), Vex rewards the Dragonborn with the passive effect and ability Prowler's Profit which greatly increases the chance of finding multiple precious gems in chests, burial urns, corpses etc. Furthermore, the fully-restored Crown of Barenziah sits on a special stand in the cistern portion of the Thieves Guild.
|1||Eastmarch||Ansilvund – Ansilvund Burial Chambers||Enter Ansilvund Excavation and complete the objective in the Ansilvund Burial Chambers, and it will be on the table in the back of the final room. Near the Ghostblade and Fjori's ghost.|
|2||Eastmarch||Stony Creek Cave||Going off the main corridor, follow a path on the right (before entering the large pool of water with one bandit). It is inside the bandit wizard's cavern, on a table near an alchemy lab.|
|3||Eastmarch||Windhelm – House of Clan Shatter-Shield||Upstairs and in the first bedroom on the left, on the bookshelf.|
|4||Eastmarch||Windhelm – Palace of the Kings||When entering the palace, take the first door to the left (upstairs) and follow the hall to the end. It sits on a table in Wuunferth the Unliving's quarters at the end of the hall.|
|5||Falkreath||Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary||On the dresser in Astrid's room during the quest "With Friends Like These..." or "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!"|
|Pinewatch – Bandit's Sanctuary||In a room containing a single bandit and several empty draugr sarcophagi, there is another small room (to the right, behind a locked door).
The stone is found on a shelf immediately on your right.
|7||Falkreath||Sunderstone Gorge||On the altar in front of the Word Wall. Note that, because of its placement on the altar, the Stone can be difficult to spot if you are not facing the Word Wall from the opposite side of the table.|
|8||Haafingar||Dainty Sload||Take the stairs to the bottom level, take the stairs up (opposite the ones you have just come down). At the end of the room you will find the stone on the table.|
|9||Haafingar||Reeking Cave/Thalmor Embassy||In the alcove with the dead conjurer near the road entrance. During the quest "Diplomatic Immunity", the stone can be found inside one of the bedrooms of the second building on the embassy property. If it is not collected there, it will be available in the cave again after leaving the embassy.|
|10||Haafingar||Solitude – Blue Palace||On the bedside table in Jarl Elisif's quarters. Her room is at the end of the hallway forward and to the right-hand side, facing away from the throne.|
|11||Haafingar||Solitude – Proudspire Manor||Sitting on a chest of drawers on the left-hand side of the upstairs master bedroom. (Must own Proudspire Manor to get this stone. Requires paying 25,000 after completing "The Man Who Cried Wolf" and "Elisif's Tribute" to own.)|
|12||Hjaalmarch||Rannveig's Fast||On a table just to the right of the prison's exit gate. The prison is entered via a trapdoor in front of the chest at the Word Wall, or long way through tunnels.|
|13||The Reach||Dead Crone Rock||On a makeshift altar in front of the Word Wall at the top of the final tower.|
|14||The Reach||Markarth – Treasury House||Next to the bed in the master bedroom.|
|15||The Reach||Understone Keep – Dwemer Museum||Behind a locked gate on left of the museum on a table in the right hand corner.|
|16||The Rift||Black-Briar Lodge||On the left end table in the upstairs master bedroom.|
|17||The Rift||Mistveil Keep – Jarl's Chambers||In the Jarl's chambers, on the end table to the left of the bed in the master bedroom.|
|18||Whiterun||Dragonsreach Jarl's Quarters||In the Jarl's chambers, on the end table to the right of the bed.|
|19||Whiterun||Fellglow Keep||On a counter in the workshop at the top of the front foyer. It is between the arcane enchanter and the alchemy lab.|
|20||Whiterun||Jorrvaskr Living Quarters||In Kodlak Whitemane's bedroom.|
|21||Whiterun||Whiterun Hall of the Dead - Whiterun Catacombs||Found in a crypt. From the entrance make the first left, then right, down the ramp. From here it is on the immediate left.|
|22||Winterhold||College of Winterhold – Arch-Mage's Quarters||On a shelf in the Arch-Mage's Quarters. To the left of the bed, under a wolf's head mounted on the wall. Becomes accessible during "Under Saarthal" when Tolfdir tells the Dragonborn to speak to the Arch-mage.|
|23||Winterhold||Hob's Fall Cave||After crossing the bridge, just before an area with a few impaled corpses and an arcane enchanter, take the path to the left and down into an area with an alchemy bench. The stone is on a shelf.|
|24||Winterhold||Yngvild – Yngvild Throne Room||Found on the desk in the last room, next to the final journal of Arondil.|
- In recent patches the stones were made static: they can no longer be knocked off somewhere inaccessible when using explosive magic or walking over them. They cannot even be moved while pressing the interaction button.
- It is also possible to get the gem via the console command
- It is also possible to get the gem via the console command
- There is a way to get multiple gems from only one. Tap the interact button as fast as possible while targeting the stone. If done correctly, multiple stones may be picked up instead of one. Slow Time is a sure way to make use of the exploit. Any stones left over after finishing the quest will still be in their original locations. If picked up and dropped, they will hover in mid air, immobile. They may be picked up again, and can be stored or sold. (This appears to have been patched for the Remastered Edition)
- Until the stones are appraised by Vex or Maul, they stack. After the quest begins, each new stone will take a new inventory line.
- The stones have a marked value of 200 , but stealing one while on The Bedlam Job for a hold in which it is located will satisfy the conditions of the Bedlam quest, i.e. it will count as being worth 500 or more.
- The Stones and the Crown of Barenziah are a reference to Barenziah, former lover of Tiber Septim and queen of Mournhold.
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