Keywords: Grounding, Protection, Enjoyment of physical experience, Emotional cleansing
Element: Earth, Fire
Chakras: Root (1st), Sexual/Creative (2nd), Heart (4th)
Apache Tears are a variety of Obsidian, a silica rich, glassy volcanic rock with a water content of less than one percent. Its hardness is 5 to 5.5. Apache tears are native to Mexico and the southwest in the United States. Their name derives from a story about an Apache Indian tribe pursued by cavalry. It is said that the warriors were forced over a precipice to their deaths and that the dark tears of grief of the Apache women solidified into the droplet-shaped stones which can be found in that area. Apache Tears are roundish, about ½ inch to one inch in diameter, and are usually semi-transparent and black-brown in color.