Apache Tear is a form of Obsidian from Arizona, USA
The Apache Tear measures approximately 20mm by 20mm.
Please note that you are buying 1 crystal only, photo is to show natural variation
Being a form of Obsidian it is a very protective crystal which is also good for grounding. Apache Tears are associated with of Mexican Indians and the tears they have cried for their loved ones. According to legend, there is a reminder of the early presence of the battles fought between U. S. Cavalry troops and three recognized tribes: the Coyotes, Tontos and Pinals, all a part of the Apache tribe. This story unfolds in the heart of the Superior region. History records indicated that in July 1870, General George Stoneman deemed it necessary to establish an outpost of the Arizona Military District at Picket Post, in an area just west of present day Superior. The three tribes held strongholds in the mountains to the north and east and were known to have carried out extensive raids.
In the winter of 1870, a significant raid attracted Company B of the Arizona Volunteers, who soon sighted the Indian lookouts. Though it was well known that a tribe of Apaches lived on top of Big Picacho, the trail to the top had never been located. The searches, trailing the cattle, discovered the secret trail, climbed atop the towering cliffs and waited to attack at daybreak. The Apaches, confident in the safety of their location, were caught off guard and completely outnumbered in the dawn attack. Nearly 75 Apaches were killed. Legend says those that escaped their attackers retreated to the cliff’s edge and chose death by leaping over the edge rather than being killed by the opposition.
Those who ventured up the treacherous face of Big Picacho (now called Apache Leap) claimed to have found skeletons. Relatives of those who died gathered a short distance from the base of the cliff and mourned their loved ones. Legend says their sadness was so great that their tears were imbedded into black obsidian stones. When held to the light, they are said to reveal the translucent tear of the Apache. Found in great abundance near Superior, just a short distance from historic Apache Leap, the Apache Tears are said to bring good luck to anyone who has them in their possession. So you can see Apache Tear is an excellent healing crystal for anone suffering with the loss of a loved one. Whlist doing my crystal training I was taught that they were pyroclastics from a long extinct volcano, but the story of the Mexican Indians is an interesting one........