Apache Tears Hardness: 5.0-7.0
About- Apache Tears are black or smoky brown, and translucent. They may vary in color by the addition of iron, titanium, or manganese. They are sometimes called “nature’s glass” or Merikanite Obsidian.
Location- They are found in the foothills of Apache Leap Mountain in Superior, Arizona.
History- The Legend of the Apache Tear tells of an Apache Indian party which was ambushed by another tribe. They fought bravely but being outnumbered they were driven to a high bluff. Not wishing to be captured they leapt from the cliffs and died. It is said that their teardrops froze upon hitting the ground forming the Apache Tear Gemstone. In another tale or legend it was said that 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought above Superior Arizona in 1870. In this tale it is said that the Apache’s rode their horses off the cliff. The family members of the warriors were the ones who shed the tears which turned to stone.
Metaphysical- Apache tears are said to have protective qualities and help one to release negative emotions of sadness or grief. They are also said to be a good luck stone to many. They are a clarifying and excellent grounding stone.
Care- Apache Tears are glass-ike and shatter like glass. Care should be taken when handling this lovely stone as it can chip or shatter into very sharp pieces. Use a mild soap and water solution to clean, rinse, pat dry, and buff to a beautiful shine.