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Stunning Metal, Sharp Edge & Gemstone Dice Sets

Cast your mind back to the first time you played Dungeons & Dragons. If your experience was anything like mine, then you were spellbound not only by the game itself but also by the mysterious and beautiful polyhedral dice, that came in all sorts of varieties of number of sides, shapes and colours. I was all of 11-years-old at the time, and rolling them was such a thrill… plus they came with the tacit acknowledgement that I’d graduated from mainstream board games and joined a secretive cabal of sophisticated RPG players, who needed way cooler dice to play way cooler games.

The beautiful polyhedral shapes that promise so much adventure!

After playing for a year or so, I’d just about come to terms with how cool D&D dice were when a friend went and showed up to a session with a set of transparent ‘gem’ rollers. My jaw dropped. I had to have some! This would have been the early 90s, and I was lucky enough to have a Games Workshop on my local high street, so the next weekend I marched up there and bought my own set. Yep, dice envy is most definitely a thing amongst gamers!

To this day I still collect new dice for Dungeons & Dragons, especially when I see a set that thematically fits with a new character or campaign. And I will never ever ever use a random number generator or simulated dice, even when I’m playing on a Virtual Tabletop. Don’t you dare suggest it!

As part of a series of posts on tools for playing the game, here is my mega-post on how and where to shop for RPG dice, with a selection of stunning stone and metal dice sets that make for the perfect D&D gift (and that includes for yourself!). The post contains some affiliate links too, and more importantly some discounts I’ve negotiated for Hipsters & Dragons readers!

What to Look For When Buying Dice?

Personal preference is obviously your driving decision maker here, and shopping for dice can be as simple as snapping up a set that looks cool to you! However, let me share a few ‘expert’ factors I consider when buying dice online.

Material. The vast majority of dice are made of plastic (with resin considered higher quality than acrylic), however in recent years both metal and gemstone dice have become popular. Acrylic dice are super affordable (usually $8-15), while resin, metal and stone dice are considered premium products, due to their higher material cost and might cost between $30-80 for a set of 7.

Size. The standard size of a d20 is 16-20mm (around 2/3rds of an inch), but they can be as small as 12mm across. I don’t mind if they are larger than standard, but 16mm already starts to feel a little puny, so I try to check the technical specifications when buying online (if I can find them!).

Edges. Edges can vary in how rounded, or not, they are. While it might be just a fad, those sharp-edged dice sure look awesome to me!

Font. I pay a lot of attention to both font style and colour, because the right combination completes a perfect set of dice. An ugly font meanwhile can ruin an otherwise beautiful product.

Set Composition. Typically polyhedral dice come in sets of seven, consisting of one d20, a d12, two d10s (that can be rolled together to make a d100… one of the dice is sometimes referred to as a d%), a d8, a d6 and a d4. This is to meet the needs of Dungeons & Dragons players, as they are by far the biggest demographic of RPG player. I’ve also seen sets of 11 and 15, which have two d20s and multiple d6s (useful for sneak attack!) or d8s (useful for Divine Smite).

Carrying Case. A beautiful set of dnd dice deserve a beautiful container! Sure, I can buy this separately, but if my set comes in a beautiful bag, case or tin so much the better.

Shipping costs. Obviously you need to factor in delivery costs when shopping online, especially if you’re not based in America.

25 Stunning D&D Dice Sets!

Dice making has really become an art form in the last few years, perfected by independent retailers and artisans, and you can find absolutely gorgeous rollers if you know where to look… let me be your guide!

I’m going to divide this list by material, because that’s a key driver in quality of product and price. If you see something you like, take my advice and buy it! A lot of these sets are dependent on stock and may never be made again, and I’ve already seen a few beauties slip through my fingers.

Metal Dice Sets

Let’s start by having a look at some classy metallic sets…

1. Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons


Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons are a stunning range of dice sets developed by Easy Rollers, and available in a range of brushed metallic hues, such as gold, silver, bronze and copper. They all bear the signature ‘Dragon Font’, which is a nice touch as it makes them stand out from other metallic dice. I also like the fact that each metallic hue has two or three different-coloured fonts to choose from, so you can pick your fave. Far be it for me to tell you which is the most beautiful combination…. but it’s definitely Ancient Silver with powdered blue Dragon Font! Each set is only $29.95.

Easy Roller Discount: Great news, Easy Roller have offered a rather generous 15% discount to my readers on all purchases… just enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out.

2. Dwarven Chest by Skullsplitter


Another fantastic range of metal dice here, this time available in copper, gold, shiny chrome and antique brass (pictured), always with no-nonsense, easy-to-read black lettering and Skullsplitter’s emblematic crossed axe logo in place of the number 20. Yes the double axe spells death! Best of all, your dice come in a ‘dwarven chest’ tin container. This is the perfect set for a dwarf, fighter or barbarian… but they’ve also got Wizard’s Grimoire tin case and – most awesome of all – Thieves Tools container! Check out all Skullsplitter’s metal dice here. Price $29.99.

3. Hollow Metal Skull Dice


Dungeon Masters, creep the living hell out of your players with these macabre metal set available on Awesomedice.com. Literally every damage roll will have a skull on it! Also perfect for necromancers, warlocks and other creepy player characters. Price $59.99, comes in padded tin container.

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4. Gun Metal High Contrast Dice

Another great range by Easy Roller, these zinc dice have a glossy black nickel finish, signature font in high contrast colours like pink, orange, yellow and lime green (pictured). They are available in classic sets of 7 ($24.95), or 11 ($39.95).

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15%!

Gemstone Dice Sets

Stone dice are absolutely my favourite style of rollers. They have a wonderful weight in the hand, and many are fashioned from bona fide gemstones, like obsidian, quartz, tiger’s eye, amethyst, jade, opal and bloodstone. Many are completely unique owing to the varied colouration and veins in the natural stone.

5. Cat’s Eye Dice with Dragon Font

I am a proud owner of the pink cat’s eye set with silver dragon font (pictured), and these dice if anything look better in real life than in the photos. Amazing weight to them, crisp semi-sharp edges and overall they are a perfect fit for my tabaxi bard. Easy Roller produce this cat’s eye range of stone dice in a variety of colours, and I’ll be going back to my shopping cart as soon as the mint ones are in stock again! Price $69-79, comes in an attractive black carrying case.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15% on all purchases!

6. African Bloodstone with Gold Font


This set is made from genuine African bloodstone, a precious stone that is beautiful, complex and bold. The gemstone is black, green and gold with distinctive red spots, and the gold font is the perfect complement in my eyes. Makes me want to roll up a Totem of the Lion, Leopard or Cheetah barbarian!

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7. Quartz Crystal Dice with Gold Font


Another stunning set from Awesome Dice, this time carved of genuine rock quartz crystal. I love the sugary texture of these and there’s a sci-fi vibe to the font that might suit a space-faring RPG. Otherwise an artificer or chronomancer or divination wizard would be perfect. Prefer black dice? Try this polished obsidian set instead.

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8. Garnet Zircon Glass Set


This set looks like it could be found in a dragon’s hoard. While they’re actually made of hardened glass, they look like so many rubies. Prefer green… check out the emerald-coloured collection instead.

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Resin Dice Sets

When it comes to plastic dice, resin is a more expensive alternative to acrylic and allows for a better finish and clarity on many designs. Indeed, some of the sexiest dice on the market are made from resin, and I especially love those cut with sharp edges. Do bear in mind that they’re not as heavy as metal or stone dice, and for that reason they don’t feel quite so ‘premium’ as their counterparts when they are handled.

9. The Dice of Anubis (Sharp Edge)


Another set I’m glad to count in my collection, these gorgeous rollers are made out of green-black semi-transparent resin with gold filaments in them that reflect the light. They seem as mysterious and foreboding as the Egyptian God of Death himself, and the hieroglyph of Anubis that replaces the number 20 is a nice touch. Makes me want to play Alkazaar’s Appendix. The dice actually come up bigger than standard size, making them all the more impressive on the table. The sharp edges are no joke… the d4 could be used as a caltrop (no joke!). Prefer deep orange to dark green? Then try the Dice of Horus instead. Price $50.

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10. The Dice of the Scarab (Sharp Edge)


Part of the same Egyptian inspired range as the aforementioned Dice of Anubis, this set deserves a separate mention IMHO. If I could jump into that rippling turquoise surface and bath in it I would. The scarab beetle represents represents renewal, rebirth and growth, so perfect for a cleric, paladin or druid. There’s something roguish about this set too… they look like dice a sly thief might have swiped from a pharaoh’s tomb.

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11. Spectre Magika (Sharp Edge)


These stunning electric pink sharp-edge dice just scream spellcaster to me, and this set is top of my list for my next dice shopping spree. They contain the same metallic filaments as the other resin sets from Awesome Dice, which catch the light from deep inside (making other dice seem mundane by comparison!). The no-nonsense black font prevents this set from becoming too whimsical.

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12. ‘Bardic Inspiration’ Cannabis Dice


Everyone has got a friend who would appreciate this set right? A great gift idea for your pothead pals. I don’t know about bards, but these seem like the perfect dice for a druid or ranger, or any other character with a love of plant life.

Awesome Dice Discount: Remember to enter HIPDRAGON10 in the discount code field when you check out to save 10% on all purchases!

Plastic Dice Sets

While metal and stone sets make for perfect collector’s items or gifts, you don’t have to spend big to pick up an attractive set for your next session. As these scintillating acrylic dice prove…

13. Forest Queen’s Radiance (15 piece set)


Well the first thing to note about this set is that it includes 15 dice (instead of the typical 7 dice sets). Specifically you get 1d4, 4d6, 4d8, 1d10, 1% die, 2d12 and 2d20’s. Those additional d6s and d8s are often useful for spell damage! A signature range by Skullsplitter, Forest Queen’s Radiance comes with their crossed axes instead of the number 20 on the d20s. Price $15.99.

14. Pixie’s Treasure (11 piece set)


Skullsplitter also do a range of frosted 11 piece sets with gold foil inclusions, my favourite of which is Pixie’s Treasure (pictured). Other cool sets include Astral Sliver (purple), Fey Lord’s Boon (green), Snowmaiden’s Kiss (blue) and Medusa’s Mirror (green-grey). Check the entire range out on Skullsplitterdice.com! Price $17.99.

15. Runic Glow in the Dark Dice


The kid in me will never stop loving anything that glows in the dark! These are by far the sexiest such set I’ve seen, and look fantastic in the light as well. You need to temper your expectations with how much such dice actually glow, but these ones are well reviewed. Currently reduced to just $19.

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16. Steampunk Clockwork Dice


Another set I couldn’t help picking up for myself! Just look at that gorgeous matt turquoise with polished brass digits and decorations. I had never seen this style of d4 before either, so it’s fun to own one now. While the d6 and d12 are normal size, the d10s, d8 and d20 all come up smaller than average. Price $17.

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17. Ciri – The Law of Surprise (The Witcher Dice)

When I first tried to watch the Witcher I found it extremely silly and nonsensical and trying way too hard to be edgy and cool (and failing). But hey, I gave it some more time and now I’m an addict! These dice are made by Q Workshop from Poland, so you be pretty sure they are true fans of the series (based on the books of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski). I love this white ‘Law of Surprise’ set (pictured), but you can find several sets on Awesome Dice, flavoured by your favourite Witcher character. While I don’t own this set, they look like they have the same dimensions as the Steampunk Clockwork set, i.e. slightly smaller d20 etc. Price $23.

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18. The Abyss RPG Dice


You’ll be hard pressed to find a better looking 7 piece plastic set than these glittery critters that do indeed hint at the chaos and unknown of the abyss. Absolutely perfect for a warlock, this set should work well for any magic user, planes walker or star traveller. Bizarrely priced at $11.47.

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19. Elvenkind Translucent Red Dice


This is definitely the most elegant set of dice I own! I don’t usually play elves because they’re a bit to ‘perfect’ for my liking, although I really like half elves (as anyone who read the Dragonlance saga as a kid no does doubt!), and this set just spoke to me. Another set made by Q Workshop and supplied by Awesome Dice, they are a little smaller than standard, but in this case it adds to their elven delicateness. The numbers, while beautifully elaborated, are a little hard to read. Price, $13.99.

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20. Clear Stardust with Golden Foil


I love distinctive dice and this set qualifies with aplomb. With the gold foil and the signature Easy Roller font style done in navy blue (rare!) this is an eye-catching set and cheap at just $14.95.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15%!

21. Frosted Ice Blue Glacier


One of my favourite plastic dice sets, I just love the pale misty mystery of these icy gems. I am waiting for my friend’s campaign to restart, in which I play a Mongolian-inspired Totem of the Snow Leopard barbarian called Morning Sky (who I miss dearly!), so that I can finally roll them in anger. These would also be absolutely PERFECT for a Rime of the Frost Maiden campaign. $10.95.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15% on all purchases!

22. Tangerine Swirl


Remember when I said I like distinctive looking dice? Yep, this is another of those! I went for this over the top orange number but Easy Roller have a fair few similar ‘swirl’ patterned dice in different colours. They all come with an attractive black drawstring bag. Price $10.95.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15% on all purchases!

23. Ancient Brimstone Dice

I’m loving the unique ‘carbon-scored’ look of these brimstone dice that do indeed look like they’ve been found at the bottom of a witch’s furnace. That deep pink is pretty enticing too. Another for the shopping cart! $10.95.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15% on all purchases!

24. Fuchsia Translucent Dice


This set might look like a million dollars… but it costs just $7.95! The colour is absolutely gorgeous, and it reminds me of the transparent gem sets that were en vogue in the 90s. Simple, affordable, beautiful.

Easy Roller Discount: Remember to enter HAD15 in the discount code field when you check out to save 15% on all purchases!

25. Emerald Marble Dice


‘Marbling’ is another look I like on dice, and this is another great basic plastic set that just looks so elegant while costing just a handful of dollars.

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Ok I think that’s more than enough words about dice for now! This is the second ever post in a recent new category Tools & Accessories of the game, so hopefully this section will get some more love in future. For now you can read out on the very best Virtual Tabletops for playing D&D online!

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5 Comments

  1. I love metallic dice, but the cost is usually prohibitive. Crisp, clean plastic dice are pleasant to roll, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Zocchi dice after watching the Colonel’s pitch on it. My personal favorites are my casino d6s. They’re large and have an altogether pleasing tacticle sensation, plus I know they’re the fairest of the bunch.

    • duncan

      Yep nothing wrong with plastic dice at all. On the other hand, I don’t think metal dice are out of reach for most people… if you consider what folks are willing to spend on minis and terrain pieces 25-30 bucks is not that much by comparison! Gemstones are where we get a bit more into the luxury item or special gift IMHO. Obviously all depends on the state of your finances and what else you might prefer to spend the money on…

  2. Highland Troll

    For those of us who don’t have 25 bucks, there’s always the Chinese online megastores… I bought several sets for about 2 or 3 dollars each and they’re actually quite nice.

  3. Treg Mallin

    For the sharp-edged, the gem stones or the metallic dice… what kind of surface do you prefer to roll them on?

    • duncan

      Hi Treg, the truth is that I’m not that precious about them… I happy to roll on the table. Having said that I do own a rather nice dice tray from Easy Rollers, which has a soft felt finish. You can also roll in the tray’s lid, which is a bit bigger.

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