Apache Tears are powerful stones to use for grounding and psychic protection.
They are rounded nodules of Obsidian which is naturally formed volcanic black glass. If no water hydrates an obsidian lava flow or dome, the fresh obsidian core ends up being an Apache Tear.
Apache Tears are strong stones for grounding and protection, and to aid you to clear negative emotions that may be holding you back. They will raise your ability to recognize the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk.
Apache Tears also have the healing capabilities that are found in all forms of Obsidian, but are much gentler and slower.
“The name "Apache tear" comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: 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.” (via Wikipedia)
Legend has it that anyone who has any of the stones, the Apache Tears, should never need to cry again...because the Apache women cried enough tears for all who mourn.