One day a party of Apache Indians was ambushed by an enemy tribe. The Apaches fought bravely but were greatly outnumbered and driven to the top of a high bluff. Their arrows gone and unable to fight and unwilling to be taken captive, they leapt from the cliffs to their death. Their women were understandably grief-stricken and wept over the bodies. Their tear drops froze when they hit the ground to become the lovely stones we know today as "Apache Tears".

'Apache Tears' is also called Black Obsidian. Obsidian has great healing properties. Like other black gemstones it is used to ground scattered energies. The stone emanates truth and will show you your strengths and weaknesses. This is a powerful stone with potential for positive cleansing and transformation. Used in 'grounding' one's energies. Also helps soul reflection. The "Grief Stone". Apache Tears allow for tears to be shed, stimulating emotional spontaneity and the release of barriers that prevent you from experiencing deep sorrow. This stone is excellent for transmuting one's own negativity under stressful situations. When held up to the light it appears transparent. However, it has been noted that the grief one feels goes into the stone and can turn it opaque. Black Obsidian vibrates to the number 1. Number 1 is about courage and leadership, having strong will power and determination.
  
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Apache Tear

By, Lady Jenny


Apache Tear is in the Black Obsidian family.

*Helps to ease grief and emotional distress.

* Aids in grounding

* Powerful psychic protection

* Aids in clearing negative emotions

* Strengthens the blood and immune system

* Assists in reducing toxins( add a few stones to your bathwater and soak)

* Calms muscle spasms

* Enhances logic

* Enhances vitality

* Great cleanser of negative emotions such as anger, greed, jealousy, resentment, etc.

* Aids in releasing energy blockages

~ Be sure to cleanse this stone frequently as it absorbs a high amount of negativity.

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We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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