It prompted a Nordstrom spokeswoman to tell Buzzfeed that the handmade part of the description was in reference to the pouch. The rocks? Well, they're rocks. Real rocks.
Other reviews might have been ribbing the retailer. For instance, one reviewer who goes by FredDingus wrote in a three-star review, "Have to say that this is a truly beautiful product, but I had to send it back because there aren't any doggone instructions. I don't even know how to turn the flippin thing on. I know you millenials know how to do all this new techno stuff, but help some of us old guys out, would ya?"
A five-star review reads, "As a single mother, it is often difficult to put food on the table for my 5 children. However, when I saw this piece of rock, I couldn't help it but to purchase this item. Yes, no one in my family will eat this month, however I have a piece of rock. The leather pouch wrapping the rock is just added bonus. I can't believe the rock is made by hand too! I was always told rocks were made through thousands of years erosion, guess I was wrong. This just goes to show how flawed our education system is! (all of my children are home-schooled for this very reason!) I would definitely recommend this piece of rock to all of my friends and family."