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The Legend of the Apache Tears:
Apache Tears - Obsidian

Obsidian known as Apache Tears

   The grey, opaque mineral is particularly prevalent at the base of a large cliff overlooking Superior, Arizona in Southern Gila County. Legend has it that a group of Apache warriors being chased by the U.S. Calvary in the late 1870s were greatly outnumbed and chose to ride their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be defeated. Their widows are said to have come to the site to mourn, and their tears turned into stone upon hitting the ground. The hills around Superior have become known as a rich source of the semi-precious stone, obsidian, known locally as "Apache Tears." The stones are popular in the area and will be found in souvenir shops and jewelry stores. In their rough form, they look like small pieces of coal, but when polished, the stones become nearly translucent.

 

 

 
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