What Is The Story Behind The Apache Tears?

Apache Tears

The Apache Tears is a stone considered to have healing properties for people that are experiencing the loss of a loved one. What you may not know is that these stones are originated from volcanic ash and known as black obsidian. They are not really a crystal and form in round or oval shapes. They can be found all over the world where ever there may be volcanic ashes.

So what is the story behind the apache tears? The story tells of a native apache tribe in the 1870s in the town now known as Superior, Arizona. At this time the Apache nation and the US Calvary engaged in war and the US Calvary ambushed the Apache men killing many and leaving 75 to the edge of what is now known as “Apache Leap Mountain“.

These native warriors chose to leap to their deaths rather than be captured by the white man. After the news got out of the ambush the families of these men came to the mountain side to mourn. As the tears dropped to the ground they turned to stone. This is a legend and maybe the purpose of it is retell about a devastating time.

The stone is lava that quickly dries and becomes obsidian nodules. They have a very translucent appearance and some like to carry this in their pocket as worry stone and believe it helps with grief and other negative emotions. It is also believed to work well with rose quartz for healing properties.

The story of The Apache Tears is a very moving story and it is a legend that has been passed down for many generations. One can take as just that a legend but if you find comfort with holding this stone when you are overwhelmed with grief or emotional disturbance then please allow yourself that release.

4 Replies to “What Is The Story Behind The Apache Tears?”

  1. I have not heard of Apache tears, but it is something wonderful. It is a great thing to have comfort in the loss of a loved one, how good it would have been if I had known about her when my wife died!
    If they can be found in volcanic ash, it means that they are also here in Romania.
    I liked pebbles with special shapes when I was a child.
    I often became attached to them.
    I like legends and the Legend of Apache tears is wonderful, because it is related to the tears of true repentance, the best tears.
    How good it is to have such a heritage stone!

    1. I am so grateful that you enjoyed the legend and my deepest sympathy goes out to you for the death of your wife. I love stones and shells myself. Remember that Grief is Love and Love never dies. I am a grief coach and I chose that career because I too lost someone very special to me, my first born son at the age of 15. After his death and some healing time I found that many people were relating to me because of his death and I took that as a sign that my purpose was to help those healing with grief. So I love the legend too, it gives meaning to the tears we shed. You should be able to find them, I know you can buy them on Amazon if you do not find them in nature. 

  2. That is a beautiful legend.  I have heard of Apache Tears but, until reading this article, I did not know what they were.  I lived in native Northern American Villages for many years and learned about places and objects in nature that were said to have special properties that affected either the body or nature.  I was wondering if Apache Tears can be purchased or if they must be found. I would like to carry one with me.

    1. Thank you for reading about this special legend about a time that was devastating for so many Native Americans. Yes, apache tears can be bought and found wherever there may be volcanic ash. This tribe was from Superior Arizona but there are volcanic remains all over the world. The one thing about any healing stone or crystal is making sure you cleanse it when you get it. The easiest way to do that is holding it over burning sage and allowing the smoke from the sage to surround the stone. They can be purchased at Amazon I purchased mine there. Once I get my product page up on my site I will have a link on it but I am a work in progress here. LOL

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