The legend of Apache Tears comes from the 1870 incident at Big Pacacho (Apache Leap Mountain) in Arizona where Apache men jumped to their death off a cliff rather than be captured by the US Calvary. The Apache women cried so many tears it is said their tears turned to stones. So, whoever holds an Apache Tear stone will be healed from grief. As a form of Black Obsidian, this stone has a much more gentle energy and is capable of transmuting negativity and protecting the wearer. It promotes forgiveness, comfort and insight during times of sorrow and distress. It is used to calm on all levels. This stone is more than a legend, it is a gift of healing love.