Apaches tears are a variation of obsidian but contain a visible fracture when held up to the light. They tend to have more of a transparency than standard black obsidian as well.
"Their name comes from the First Nations Apache tribe in the United States. They were named after a gruesome and tragic story about the Apache tribe.
In the 1870s, a small group of Apache warriors met the American Cavalry in a battle. They were sorely outnumbered, and it became clear that they could not win the battle. Instead of conceding defeat and being captured and murdered, they decided to ride their horses off the side of a mountain to their deaths.
According to the story, when the wives and children of these warriors heard this story, their tears turned to stones when they touched the ground where their warriors fell. These stones were left scattered across the desert, where they can now be found.
Apache Tears have a special connection to the mythology of the Apache culture and the ability to recover from grief. - meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com
Obsidian is a very protective stone. It resonates with the inner goddess and shadow integration, but is gentle enough for those who are sensitive in nature. It is helpful for those with trauma and need energetic boundaries.
As an Apache Tear, they are said to be more gentle and supportive than standard obsidian to those that are processing grief, trauma, and other difficult emotions.