I've just bought a piece of Apache Tears. I was looking for a larger piece of obsidian for scrying, I wondered what the difference was between the two. I didnt know Apache Tears was translucent till i read your detail about it ... amazing. Thanks for all the info on all the crystals its great!
Thank you for your inquiry. I love Apache Tears, they are exceptional with aiding the grieving process, and all around supportive. Apache Tears are actually a type of Black Obsidian, but you can find a nice story of their namesake here:
A lot of Apache Tearsare pitted unless you buy them tumbled, and for the purposes of scrying many prefer a smooth surface to gaze into.
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