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Apache Tears are a type of Obsidian, which appear rough and opaque at first glance, but are often translucent when held up to a light source (try it! It's pretty cool!) Apache Tears are created when hot lava is forced directly into the air and quickly solidifies before hitting the ground.

Apache Tears received their name because it is said that grieving Apache women, who lost their loved ones in a raid, cried for a month and their tears fell to the ground, becoming a form of Black Obsidian. This is why Apache Tears will often protect the wearer from grief and sorrow. The Apache Tears will absorb the grief and release old hurts, and lifting the spirit. They allow you to forgive others without being bitter. 

They have an uncanny ability to lend support during times of sorrow and because of this, many people turn to Apache Tears during times of grieving. They gently help you to accept and then release your grief, thereby releasing and removing blockages.

Made from the fire energy deep within the Earth, this mineral is wonderful at grounding energies into the Earth before, during and after energy work. In addition, they help to ground spiritual experiences into the physical, helping you to integrate these experiences into your everyday life. This grounding energy can also help you to realize the importance of all frequencies, and to not limit yourself to only the higher energies of this existence.

Apache Tears helps you to see into the core of an issue to assist with deep healing.

Apache Tears can help to relieve stress by bringing opportunities for positive change into your sights so that you can formulate a plan of action. This can bring a sense of hope to a dire circumstance.

Logical thinking skills can be enhanced by Apache Tears, which can lead to new doors opening for success.

Some work with Apache Tears to facilitate spontaneity in many different areas in life.

Carry an Apache Tear in your pocket as protection from all types of negative energies, including psychic attacks. The Apache Tear will help to remove and transmute these energies, clearing the way for more positive vibrations.

Physically, Apache Tears are often used for the calming of muscle spasms, detoxification of the body, and absorption of vitamins. They can also enhance the immune system and fortify the body.


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Physical and Metaphysical Properties for
Crystal Name:Apache Tears
Alternate Stone Name:Obsidian
Pronunciation:uh-pach-ee teer
Affirmation:I am healing emotional wounds.
Question:What is a source of strength for you during times of grief?
Astrological Sign:Aries (March 21 to April 19), Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
Primary Chakra:Root Chakra
Location:China, United States
Mineral Class:Mineraloids
Crystal System:Amorphous Crystal System
Hardness:5 to 5.5 Hardness
Numerical Vibration:Number 1
Chemical Composition:SiO2, Silicon Dioxide with Impurities
Physical:Detoxifying, Muscle Pain or Issues, Nail Diseases and Disorders
Emotional:Coping with Grief, Dispel or Release Negativity, Distress, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Blockages, Forgiveness
Spiritual:Clarity, Grounding, Mental Clarity, Psychic Protection, Spiritual Protection
Extra Grade:Beautiful jet black color, transluscent, <10% matrix
A Grade:Nice black color, partially translucent, 10% - 25% matrix
B Grade:Poor black color, opaque and/or >25% matrix
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Posted on March 21, 2013
  I recently purchase a bag of these for the staff at my school. I cleansed them and then gave them to the staff who were going to be attending a funeral for one of our fellow colleagues who passed from cancer. Everyone who I gave them to loved them, mentioned how silky smooth they were and how they would carry it with them. i also gave them the description of what the stone is good for when I gave them the crystal. I hope that this will help many of the staff cope from our tremendous loss. Thank you for offering these in bulk with such amazing quality.  (Submitted by: wixnstixva on March 14, 2018)
  Ive 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!
love Lin  (Submitted by: Lin on September 19, 2013)
  I was given a black Obsidian by a person that practices Wicca. She said it promotes fertility. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 3 years. She gave it to me as a Christmas present in December of 2002 and by February of 2003 I was pregnant! I also want to mention that it snowed on December 25th of 2002 (a VERY RARE occurrence here in central NJ) perhaps those 2 combined brought me my beautiful daughter. I was truly blessed that year, that's for sure.

Heather  (Submitted by: Heather on January 31, 2010)

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