Apache Tears - Tumbled Obsidian
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LEGEND OF THE APACHE TEAR: The name Apache tear stems from a legend regarding the Apache tribe. In retaliation for raiding an Arizona settlement, the U.S. military trailed the offending band of about 75 Apache warriors and launched a surprise attack against them. Nearly 50 died in the first volley of shots, and the rest leapt over a cliff rather than allow themselves to be killed. The Apache tear stones are supposedly the tears that their wives and families shed for them.
This is a terrible story from a dark time in our history, but one not to be forgotten. Honor the spirits of these warriors and their loved ones.
Although obsidian nodules can be found in many Western U.S. localities, the term Apache Tear should be attached only to those glassy obsidian nodules found beneath the cliffs of Apache Leap Mountain in Arizona.
Obsidian is mineral-like, but not considered a true mineral because it is not crystalline. It is sometimes classified as a mineraloid.
due to this there is no listing for a MOHS’ scale, but window glass is 5.5 to 6
WHEN YOU ORDER THE APACHE TEAR YOU WILL GET ONE PIECE. THEY ARE RARE, AND IT IS ALL I HAVE OF THESE.
Small baggie containing one piece. Good for new collectors of all ages and use in crystal grids and healing work.
ABOUT THESE APACHE TEARS:
These obsidian nodules were picked up by my grandparents at Superior Arizona, and were freed from such a Perlite matrix before they were tumbled by my grandfather to get their smooth glassy sheen.
Some of them still have some of the Perlite in the crevasses, you can see them in the photo.
They would make a nice starter stone for a beginning rock hound. They would also be a great addition to a crystal grid or healing layout.