Apache Tears, as well as all forms of Obsidian, are linked to the Root Chakra and
the elements of earth and fire and are known to be powerful protective stones. They
can be used to relieve muscle spasms, detoxification, and cleansing of inner energy.
Apache Tears are both abundant and relatively inexpensive.
Obsidian can be found in all areas where volcanic activity occurs, ahough for it
to be classified as Apache Tears it must originate from a deposit in Arizona or
Apache Tears are rated at 5 to 5.5 on Moh's Scale of Hardness and are quite fragile.
Special care should be taken to avoid any sharp blows that can cause the stone to
chip or crack. Apache Tears are best suited for necklaces, bracelets, and pendants.
Apache Tears are found within a white volcanic material called Perlite. The Apache
Tear will have an uneven coating of this volcanic material, and once polished will
reveal a shiny glass pebble. The combination of the two creates a beautiful look
with the Apache Tear being dark in color and the Perlite being light in color. The
Apache Tear is commonly a blackish grey in color and can occasionally be found in
shades of brown, red, and green. Apache Tears will have a glassy luster and may
be translucent, transparent, or nearly opaque.
Common Cuts :
A gem cutter must be extremely careful when cutting and shaping Obsidian because
some may have internal pressures that can be released whilst being cut, causing
the stone to explode. Obsidian is not only cut into gemstone shapes but also is
also fashioned into ornaments and stone tools.
Routine Enhancements :
There are no known enhancements for Apache Tears.
Care & Cleaning :
Apache Tears can be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Care should
be taken to avoid sharp blows because they are quite fragile and can chip or crack
easily. Exposure to excessive heat and household chemicals should be avoided. Always
store your Apache Tears jewelry in a fabric-lined box away from
other harder jewelry
items in order to avoid chipping and scratching.