The name "Apache tear" comes from a legend of the Apache tribe when about 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona in the 1870s. 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 cried when they heard of the tragedy; their tears turned into stone upon hitting the ground. 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 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. These gems have strong energies that aid emotional healing and bring you comfort when you are grieving.