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Apache Tears are small obsidian nodules that are usually black, but can range from black to red to brown. They are often found embedded in a grayish-white perlite matrix. An Apache tear looks opaque by reflected light, but translucent when back-lit.
The name "Apache tear" comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: a group of Apache warriors and the U.S. Cavalry fought on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, AZ in the 1870's. Facing defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be killed. The wives and families of the warriors wept when they heard of the tragedy, and their tears turned to stone upon hitting the ground.
All our stones are natural, which means no two are alike. You might not get the exact specimen pictured, but, we will make sure you get the best sample available at the time you order. Approx size will be 1 1/2" to 2" in diameter.