They are a type of Black Obsidian Stone found in the south-western USA and Mexico. The meaning of their name comes from an American Indian legend. It was said that certain members of this tribe were pursued by the Cavalry, and although they fought bravely they were outnumbered.
Rather than be captured they jumped off the cliff to their deaths.
The distraught women of the tribe cried dark tears of grief, which fell to the earth, and formed into these dark strangely shaped stones.
This beautiful stone can serve as a reminder to those who only wish to see things in a positive way while completely detaching themselves from pain that it's impossible to have light without darkness. By accepting suffering and grief as a natural part of the human experience, you'll find it easier to embrace your vulnerability. This may lead you to become a better friend and listener for those who are going through tough times.
Apache Tears can teach you that grief can be a tremendous spiritual learning tool that encourages self-awareness, self-acceptance, and empathy towards those who feel overwhelmed by heartache and sorrow. It's a fantastic amulet for doctors, nurses, paramedics, or healers, as it protects the aura from dense energies and enhances one’s nourishing and kind side.