- Find an Unusual Gem.
- Bring the gem to Maul.
- If already a member of the Thieves Guild, skip to Step 3.
- The Dragonborn must bring an Unusual Gem to Vex in the Thieves Guild, who will explain that it is one of the Stones of Barenziah. She will also say that it is not worth much by itself, and that there are twenty-four of these stones.
- Collect any remaining stones and return to Vex.
- After the Dragonborn returns with the gems, Vex will ask for the recovery of the Crown of Barenziah from Tolvald's Cave.
Find an Unusual GemEdit
Unusual Gems can be found all over Skyrim. Once at least one is discovered, the quest will be eligible to be started.
Bring the Gem to an AppraiserEdit
Not a Thieves' Guild MemberEdit
Once a gem is found, travel to Riften. There, the Nord thief Maul can be met. After speaking to him, he will tell you what he knows of the gem, and request for you to speak to Vex in order to find out what the gem is worth. He will also state that Vex can only be spoken to if one is a member of the Thieves' Guild. If you urge him for more information on the guild, he will direct you to Brynjolf in the Riften Marketplace, or if the time is night, the The Bee and Barb. Speaking to Brynjolf will begin "A Chance Arrangement". Once access to The Ragged Flagon has been gained, Vex can be spoken to. She will explain to you that the gem is one of twenty-four total 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 the 24 stones would be worth anything. The new set of such information begins the objective to seek out the rest of the valuables.
Already a Thieves' Guild MemberEdit
If one is already a member of the Thieves' Guild, Vex can be spoken to immediately. She can easily be found in The Ragged Flagon, and will tell you that it is one of twenty-four stones that were stolen from the crown of Queen Barenziah by a known thief in an effort to hide his tracks. She also mentions that only the complete set of the twenty-four stones would be worth anything notable. This explanation begins the objective to seek out the rest of the gems.
Finding the rest of the StonesEdit
The following are locations for every Stone of Barenziah:
|1||Eastmarch||Enter Ansilvund Excavation and complete objective in the cave 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), inside the bandit wizard's cavern, on a table.|
|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||On the dresser in Astrid's room during the quest "With Friends Like These..." or "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!"|
|6||Falkreath||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 aren't 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||In the alcove with the dead conjurer near the road entrance.|
|10||Haafingar||Solitude – Blue Palace||On the bedside table in Jarl Elisif's quarters.|
|11||Haafingar||Solitude – Proudspire Manor||Sitting on a chest of drawers on the lefthand side of the upstairs master bedroom. (Must own Proudspire Manor to get this Stone. Requires paying 25,000 to own the home. The key cannot be pick pocketed from the steward. (Falk Firebeard)|
|12||Hjaalmarch||Rannveig's Fast||On a shelf 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 – 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's 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 asks one to speak to the Arch-mage (can also become accessible after becoming the arch-mage from completing "The Eye of Magnus")|
|23||Winterhold||Hob's Fall Cave||Just after crossing the bridge, before an area with a sacrificial table 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.|
Recover the Crown of BarenziahEdit
Once Vex is shown the full set of the twenty-four stones, she tasks you with traveling to Tolvald's Cave to retrieve the Crown of Barenziah. The cave has three levels and is filled with many Falmer, as well as various fungi. Upon entering the cave, there is a Frost Troll and an apprentice level chest behind the pillar to the left. One can go down the cave and face another two Frost Trolls. Go through the door at the end of the path. There is a trapped chest, coin purse, and gold ore on the table directly ahead, and then three Falmer will appear. Follow the path to either direction, as both will lead the same way, and once one reaches the top, there will be another two Falmer in the room with an Alchemy Lab. Continue down the path until reach three Falmer are reached. A chest to the left of the shelters will also be present, but one will also proceed to fight a Frostbite Spider. Keep to the left to find and unlock an Adept chest. Then, one will encounter another two Falmer near the fire. Open the gate to the hut to search another chest. Continue down the path to Tolvald's Gap.
Upon entering, several Falmer and Skeevers will be faced in combat. Afterward, take the bridge to the right and inside a hut is another chest, while within the room is a bounty of fungi. Exit the room and follow the stream to the south. There will be a couple of Frostbite Spiders and Falmer. Follow the stream to the left and take a right up the path. If one decides to open the gate to the right, there will be a few Chaurus Hunters. Otherwise, head up the left side of the next room to unlock an Adept Chest and continue down the path. Kill the Falmer and upon reaching the next room, but do not jump down, as the position will return one to a previous spot. Guide to the right, down the tunnel, and upstream to Tolvald's Crossing.
Upon entrance, one will be greeted by a Falmer Warmonger on the bridge. Upon crossing the bridge, continuing forward will lead someone to a chest, but also to the crown. Turn back and take the first path to the right which is equipped with a Trip Wire. There is a chest ahead on the right, a coin purse directly ahead with a bunch of books, and a few Falmer up the path to the left. Make a U-turn up the path to gain access to a Master Chest. Turn back and follow the path to a hut with a chest inside, and then continue through the gate. The next room will have a table with bones and random loot on top of it. As one continues upward, they ought to kill the Falmer, and search the Chest to the right. The next room has Chaurus Hunters and Falmer Warmongers. Open the gate on the other side of the bridge and continue forward. Keep left and cross the pipes to reach Tolvald's Cave. In the event that one did not get the crown, they can easily drop down the falls cautiously and retreat left.
Down the pathway, there will be a Pull Chain to the left that will open the stone wall. Continue straight ahead and exit to Skyrim.
|No Stone Unturned Misc Handler – TGCrownMisc|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|200||I've brought the Crown of Barenziah to Vex, who has restored it to its original condition where it now serves as a paragon for the Thieves Guild.
- None of the Stones count as owned items, so the player can take them without it counting as stealing.
This section contains bugs related to No Stone Unturned (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If the Dragonborn is already a member of the Thieves Guild and has shown the gem to Vex, and then talks to Maul in Riften about the stone, he will suggest becoming a member of the Thieves Guild, adding a quest objective to join the Thieves Guild. While this objective cannot be cleared, it will not prevent the quest from being completed.
- If the Dragonborn already possesses all twenty-four gems when talking to Vex for the first time, the game will not recognize them, and the quest will be uncompletable. Collect twenty-three or fewer gems before talking to her to prevent this bug.
- This bug has reportedly been fixed by patch 1.9.
- Sometimes the quest objective will count extra stones that have not been collected (i.e., saying 10/24 Stones have been collected when the Dragonborn only has 8). The quest can be completed when the objective says 24/24, even if some stones have not been collected yet.
- When Maul is first encountered, if the Dragonborn fails to persuade or intimidate him, Maul will dislike the Dragonborn. This prevents the Dragonborn from being able to start the miscellaneous quest to speak to Vex and become a full member of the Thieves Guild. This can be prevented by bribing Maul when he's first encountered or by speaking to Vex.
- Fixes for this quest if it becomes bugged or uncompletable. Note that these may not update the journal, but will unlock the appropriate responses from Vex. On the console type the following commands:
- To initiate the search for the crown (if stones are missing)
set TGCrownGemsFound to 24
set TGCrownGemsTotal to 24
setstage TGCrown 30
- If Vex won't talk despite having all the stones:
setobjectivecompleted TGCrown 20 1
setstage TGCrown 30
- If the Crown is missing:
setstage TGCrown 50
- To remove the quest from the journal:
setstage TGCrown 200
- Even if all stones have been collected, only 23/24 stones may be displayed in the inventory.