I'm trying to finish the "No Stone Unturned" quest and have so far found 22 of the 24 stones. Since I have yet to purchase Proudspire Manor and I haven't been in there by any other means I know where to find at least on of the two remaining stones.

I picked up 9 of the stones during other quests, but have not recorded their location myself so I used the UESP list found in the accepted answer in the question Where are all the Stones of Barenziah located? (No Stone Unturned) to try and track the others.

Having been to all the locations (except Proudspire Manor) on the list I am still short one stone. I expected to find it in the Thalmor Embassy but I cannot enter it. This should be fixed with patch 1.4 but I cannot find it in the Reeking Cave either.

So is there a way to tell which Stone of Barenziah in your inventory is found where so I either have some closure on this? Note that I play the game on the XBox so I have no access to game data or the in-game console.


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Without access to console/mods you are on your own to recheck all locations,note that there are few issues and in some cases they can be helpful.

  • Periodically, some stones apparently respawn at their initial place, such as the one in Jarl Elisif the Fair's quarters(PS3/Xbox).

  • In Calixto's House of Curiosities, it may be possible to obtain a stone at Calixto's museum on one of the shelves if every other location has been exhausted without obtaining all twenty-four(Xbox).

  • There is a delay between when you click on the stone and when the stone is added to your inventory. If you click on a stone multiple times before it actually picks up, you will receive one stone but the quest will count it as two or more. This can be used to complete the quest faster as it does not affect the ability to move forward.

  • If the Stone of Barenziah in Reeking Cave cannot be found beside the dead mage after applying Patch 1.4, a glitch will need to be utilized to reaccess the Thalmor Embassy and pick it up from its original location. This bug has been found in all versions of the game, and videos to resolve the situation are available on YouTube.

  • For some reason, the gem may not appear on the counter where it supposed to sit in Fellglow Keep.

  • The stone in Wuunferth the unliving's quarters may not be there after the quest Blood on the Ice. as of now, there is no known fix to this.

  • For gems found inside dungeons where you might be fighting NPCs - they can be knocked off their table, shelf, pedestal or whatever by spells, arrows, bodies running into them, walking over them etc. and sometimes fall into inaccessible locations like a deep furrow in the ground or underneath furniture. In such a case, you may need to return to the area after a few in-game days and hope that the item locations are reset back to where they were at initially.

If somehow you are able to use mods these should do what you need,though I can't guarantee how they react when you've already found most of the stones... be careful with saved games.



  • Actually, using the console is absolutely useless for checking which stones you've got, they are all the same object. Could use it to move yourself to them, though.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 15:39
  • @desaivv well, the objects in the world must have different refids, which makes it possible to moveto directly to them, but, once they are collected, they all become items with the same id. The only reason they do not stack properly is because they are renamed (if you try to add more, they will appear as "Unusual Gem", and will not increment the counter). You should be able to simply progress past the collection stage by using setstage, though, if you play on PC.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 17:47
  • Note that it's acceptable to also include solutions for the PC even though OP asked for Xbox 360 solutions only. This is as per this Meta post: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/5488/… Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 3:39

No, there is no "ingame" way. You can do a quick research for them on the web tho,and find the location yourself.

Keep in mind that, there are stones that you may only have one chance to get, maybe during a quest or an event, so if you miss it, you won't be able to take all the 24 stones.

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    Actually, as per patch 1.4, every stone should be retrievable after all quests related to the area they are in is finished. Before the patch the Thalmor Embassy was the only exception, after the patch its stone should be located in the Reeking Cave, next to the dead necromancer.
    – Thorsal
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 14:10

Knowing where to find each of the Stones is half the battle, but this info can easily be found online, for example in the UESP wiki mentioned by the OP, or on the Fandom Elder Scrolls wiki.

Like other answers have mentioned, the harder part is often keeping track of which ones you've already found, because you're basically on your own for this. I actually built a mobile app to help with this - it includes location info and screenshots from the Fandom wiki, and lets you check off each stone as you collect it, with independent lists for multiple playthroughs. Here's the link for iOS, and here's the link for Android

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