Apache Tears are a type of Black Obsidian, but they have a more friendly vibration than some of the other types of Obsidian. They are not altered but are natural crystals that heal grief. They have a strong action to aid emotional healing and bring you comfort when you are grieving. Maybe it is their strange out-of-shape appearance, that makes you feel comfortable with them.They are strong stones for grounding and protection, and to aid you to clear negative emotions that may be holding you back. They are volcanic stones, that may be partly transparent. Their color is very dark brown to black in color. These dark strange looking stones occur naturally in these odd shapes.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. It is believed that their tears formed into reality as these unusual stones, so people will always remember what happened.