The same way an empty canvas can metamorphose into an indestructible work of art that to this day elicits crowds to stare gape-mouthed and teary-eyed, stone is whipped with the brush strokes of the oldest cubist master there is – earth. In the molding of the Picasso jasper, nature and artist meet in the bold streaks of black, the occasional impassionate red, and the whispering gray background.
Picasso Jasper – Earth, the First Cubist Master
‘We mustn’t be afraid of inventing anything…Everything there is in us exists in nature. After all, we’re part of nature. If it resembles nature, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, what of it?’ – Francoise Gilot, Life with Picasso
If a clear, white slab of stone would have been placed under the brush strokes of the Spanish artist, the resulting make-up would have probably resembled the Picasso Jasper. The abstract, modernistic aspect is what gives the name of this jasper variety. Of course, it could well have been Jackson Pollock baptizing it. For some reason, it remained the jasper of Picasso.
In our previous posts, we’ve already run through two other of the many versions of jasper. The brecciated kind worn by shamans and carved into totem amulets and green jasper, the rain bringer and protective talisman of anyone who wears it with faith.
However, the Picasso jasper stone, otherwise known as the Picasso Marble, is a limestone geologically formed through metamorphosis (the two other kinds of rocks are sedimentary and igneous). A calcium magnesium carbonate mineral, the Picasso jasper has undergone numerous revisions in the making.
It’s in the nature of metamorphic stones to lend themselves to the processes of heat and pressure of a constantly grinding earth. Each time the ground shifts and shakes, new elements add to the layers of the old ones. Blacks fall over brown and reds, and as the entire color palette washes over the stone, intricate patterns resembling abstract landscapes or Les Demoiselles d’Avignon or Dora Maar au Chat form.
The Gallery of Stone Masterpieces
‘Why should I blame anyone but myself if I cannot understand what I know nothing about?’ – Picasso
So there’s always more than meets the eye in either a painting or the pattern of a stone. In the world of art, researchers use imaging techniques with X-ray scans to reveal the hidden layers, overpainted features, and pencil scribblings behind a masterpiece’s polished look. It speaks of the labors of the artist, his pentimenti as he carefully crafted his final work of art.
Crystals and stones such as malachite, rhodonite, ruby, or the Picasso jasper wear their patterns in a similar fashion, as maps indicating their transformational path.
In the gallery of patterned stones, Picasso jasper rough is a daintily grained slab of chalcedony. Its hardness is of about 7 on the Mohs scale. The earth used mainly tones of black, brown and tan to paint this variety. Whereas the eye sees the colors, science identifies the artful lines and lattice markings as the result of iron oxides. Its crystal structure is trigonal.
Picasso Jasper, a Healer in Times of Need
‘When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.’- Picasso
All jaspers share the same therapeutical vibrations, engendering self-confidence and strength. After all, the title of ‘supreme nurturer’ is well earned. The stone is the cheerleader you need in times of uncertainty. On top of that, the Picasso jasper has grounding abilities. It boosts self-discipline by balancing the emotional charge in the body. If you’re aiming at losing a few pounds or treating an eye problem, the simple presence of a Picasso jasper can encourage you to start on your way.
Relationships evolve under its guise. Anyone who feels attracted to the stone shares similar thoughts and interests. The stone’s name is not an empty shell. It comes not only because of the jasper’s web-like appearance, but also on account of it being a source of inspiration. If you feel your creativity is withering or latent, the crystal can be your muse. Maybe you’re experiencing an artistic block and sights lose color, words lose meaning.
Some of us travel to the Museum Reine Sofia in Madrid to stare for hours at Picasso’s Guernica. Others shuffle through their crystal collection and pick up the Picasso jasper, allowing their eyes to travel along the intricate patterns. Since the Picasso jasper attracts attention as a visual focus, it’s useful to integrate it into meditation and concentration processes. The stone also stimulates the three base, solar plexus, and sacral chakras. Thus, assisting thought in manifesting itself externally, on paper, canvas, or keyboard.
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
‘I’ve reached the moment, you see, when the movement of my thought interests me more than the thought itself’. These are the words of the master as he feels his life approaching an end.
Thought takes irregular turns and twists. Its movement is dangerously unpredictable. One minute it’s freely admiring the beauty of an autumn sunset, the next barely clinging to a cliff that spills into the abyss. This is Picasso, you, a bead of jasper stone.
Fashion has caught up with the design of the Picasso jasper. Its exhibitionist veins and natural brush strokes lend themselves to any look, be it formal and refined or distinctively wacky. Strings of Picasso jasper beads blend well with other monochromic stones. The prices are far from prohibitive. A tree of life bracelet with various jasper beads stranded on nylon rope will only take you back $24,99, while a pair of double flared ear plugs a mere $11,99.
In the end, it’s almost impractical to put a price tag on a Picasso jasper stone. If art historians can deem a painting priceless, can we deny the same high standards to nature’s brushstrokes?