Apache Tears

Heal Grief & Loss 

Written By Liz Oakes

Apache Tears are black obsidian stones

Apache Tears have a strong action to aid emotional healing.

These natural crystals bring you comfort and and help to heal grief.

Yet they have a more friendly vibration than some of the other types of Obsidian, which makes you feel comfortable with them.

They are a natural type of Black Obsidian that has not been altered. 

Maybe it is their strange out-of-shape appearance, that brings solace when you are grieving.

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.

Where Are They From? Apache Tears Meaning

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.

Apache TearsApache Tears, Group of three stones

It is believed that their tears formed into reality as these unusual stones, so people will always remember what happened.

Why Would You Use Them? Give Protection & Grounding

Apache Tears are powerful stones to use for psychic protection.

They will raise your ability to recognize the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk.

This is extremely useful if you are a healer, as they will aid your work by ensuring you are kept safe.

Like other types of Black Obsidian, they will absorb negative energy. This makes Apache Tears powerful tools to cleanse your auric field of negativity.

Their historical meaning is interesting, as these stones are powerful to heal you, if you are feeling grief and emotional distress.

They are also strong stones for spiritual grounding, so use them after you have been working with high vibration crystals.

Who Should Use It? Healing Properties

Apache tears have a number of excellent healing properties including:

  • Their strong energy works within the base or root chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia.
  • The energy of these stones will strengthen the blood and the immune system.
  • They will help the body to assimilate Vitamin C and D.
  • They have beneficial healing properties that assist with the reduction of toxins in the body by aiding their removal.
  • They are beneficial healing crystals for you to utilize to calm muscle spasms.
  • They may also enhance vitality and strength within the body.
Apache Tears

They also have good healing attributes for healing emotional problems.

Within the heart chakra their energy will assist the emotional body to heal, from old issues of an emotional nature.

Their energy within the sacral or navel chakra helps to aid the removal of disharmonious energies in relationships.

They may bring through joy as they encourage you to feel more positive about life.

Friendly Stones That Ground Your Energy

Apache Tears are easy to buy, and they are friendly stones that may be used to ground your energy and protect you from negativity.

Although many people are drawn to the more spiritual stones, that work within the higher chakras, these are very useful to add to your collection.

Apache Tear in PerliteApache Tear in Perlite

These are very useful stones for anyone to use, but especially if you are a healer. If you are doing any spiritual development work, there are strong advantages to using these stones.

Their strong energy works within the base or root chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra to help grounding to Mother Gaia.

Because they do absorb so much negativity, they will need to be regularly cleansed using one of the methods to cleanse your crystals.


It is important to ensure that the physical body is kept healthy and that you remain grounded to avoid health problems. 

You will need to cleanse them fairly often, but there are lots of advantages to having a piece of stone that is both a spiritual grounding and psychic protection stone.

Wearing Apache Tears

These unusual stones are on the birthstone list by month as they are a November birthstone. 

Having jewelry made from these stones is an excellent idea, as you can easily wear them and keep this excellent energy within your aura.

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Apache Tears do make lovely rings and pendants, because of their unusual shape which makes them a striking and unique piece of birthstone jewelry.

They are an Aries birthstone so they are also on the zodiac birthstone list. Because they are birthstones, you might expect to find them somewhere made into jewelry.

But if you can't get jewelry made from this stone, use a piece of stone instead.

I have some macrame stone holders, they have a slip knot so you can change the stones. Works well to put stones in to wear, when I can't get jewelry.

These unusual shaped stones are fairly easy to buy, so this is an alternative to jewelry. Keep one in your pocket each day, so that the energy remains within your auric field.

Crystal Books

Are you just starting out with crystals? Are you searching for information on about which book about crystals is the best?

There are a many crystal books selling and this can be confusing at the beginning.

Some crystal books, give you a lot of information and for the person starting out this can be overload.

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So if you are new to crystals and wish to learn more about what various books are like, you may benefit from reading my book reviews.

There is even a section just for people who are starting out, as well as reviews of books for collectors who are looking for books that give you a greater level of information.

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Best Crystals To Use With Apache Tears

What are the best crystals to use with Apache Tears? 

There are a number of crystals below that combine well with them, so check them out.

Lodestone is the naturally magnetic variety of Magnetite, and is powerful used in combination with this stone, for both grounding and protection.

There are a number of other stones you may like to use with them, including some other very strong stones such as Boji Stones, Smokey Quartz, Magnetite also called Lodestone, Red Garnet and Black Tourmaline.

These stone have a good energy to help you with emotional healing, and for this purpose are powerful when used at the heart chakra.

To strengthen this energy combine them with Tinaksite, Green Diopside, Pink Rhodochrosite or Petoskey Stone.

They also combine well with Libyan Gold Tektite also known as Libyan Desert Glass, Moldavite, Guangdong Tektite and Tibetan Tektite.

Guangdong TektiteGuangdong Tektite
Tibetan TektiteTibetan Tektite

If you are experiencing difficulty with handling feelings of grief, you may choose to use it with other crystals that can help you to handle these emotions.

Some stones for this purpose includes Tugtupite, Jeremejevite, Aquamarine or Black Onyx.

To boost its action to aid you to let go of negative feelings, combine it with other stones that are known to assist the release of negativity, such as Tinaksite, Ruby Stones, Blue Sapphire, Amber and Green Tourmaline.

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Apache Tears are black obsidian stones
Apache Tears
Apache Tears Meaning & Use: Heal Grief, Gives Protection & Grounding

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