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Apache Tear Tumbled 1 Inch Set of 4
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Mineral Description
 
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These tumbled and polished Apache Tears come directly from the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona. They are mined by Native Americans that live on the reservation and sold to a nearby supplier who then polishes them.

These are professionally and properly tumbled and polished. When tumbled too long they end up all almost perfect circles and they lose their unique natural shapes. Not tumbled enough and they have pits in the polished surface. Improperly processed and they will have a dull polish instead of a nice glassy finish.

Apache Tears are black obsidian but they are unique because they are opaque when you hold them up to the light whereas other types of black obsidian are not opaque. Please see the 3rd listing photo.

For every quantity of 1 you will receive 4 Apache Tears that are 1 inch around.

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Apache tears are obsidian that has naturally formed into tear drops. Obsidian is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green to black color.

Obsidian has a long history as it has been dated back to the Stone Age, when it was used for tool making and as an ornamental stone. Obsidian was valued in Stone Age cultures because, like flint, it could be fractured to produce sharp blades or arrowheads. Like all glass and some other types of naturally occurring rocks, obsidian breaks with a characteristic conchoidal fracture. It was also polished to create early mirrors. Modern archaeologists have developed a relative dating system, obsidian hydration dating, to calculate the age of obsidian artifacts.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Obsidian is formed when volcanic lava comes into contact with water; this forces it to cool so quickly that it doesn?t have time to crystallize resulting in a stone with a shiny, glassy texture.

Black Obsidian is an extremely powerful and fast acting stone, and should be used with caution for Crystal Healing. It can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths rushing to the surface, which have to be confronted before peace can return. Many people find Obsidian?s effects overwhelming and prefer to use a gentler stone. Black Obsidian is a very protective stone. It is said to form a shield against negativity and to absorb negative energies from the environment. Because of this it should be cleansed regularly in running water.

Place Black Obsidian on the Base Chakra for grounding. In healing Obsidian is believed to reduce the pain of arthritis, to help joint problems and to ease cramp. It is also said to aid digestion.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Color: dark green to dark brown and black, also can show sheens of gold or green, yellow, blue and/or purple coloration. Sometimes with white inclusions.

Luster: Vitreous

Transparency: Obsidian is translucent in any stone of appreciable size.

Crystal System: Does not apply because obsidian is amorphous.

Habits: Compact nodules or as massive layers between other volcanic rocks.

Fracture: Conchoidal

Hardness: 5 - 5.5

Specific Gravity: 2.6

Streak: White

Best Field Indicators: Color, fracture, flow bubbles, softness, association with other volcanic rocks and lack of crystal faces.


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