This listing is for one 16 inches Strand of 3-10mm Picasso Jasper beads in Barrel Rondelle Assorted shape. Each strand of beads is similar to the photo, but is unique due to natural variations.
Picasso Jasper's appearance could be described as formal and masculine and also as earthy and subtle. Like all forms of marble, picasso comes from limestone. It was formed when magma covered limestone fields during prehistoric times. As heat and pressure forced the magma through fractures in the limestone, it painted the material with gray and tan colors streaked with black lines. The resulting patterns are as dramatic and abstract as any work of Pablo Picasso, and thus the gemstone acquired its name.
This mineral is very new to the market but has been used by Zuni fetish carvers for some time. Picasso marble is a rare dreaming gemstone that is said to assist a shaman in discovering the cause of past imbalances. It also is said to aid in circulation problems and increase the body's metabolism, therefore causing weight loss. Some believe this stone transforms intuition into intellectual thought and will renew old friendships that have been lost. The gemstone comes only from mines in Utah in the U.S.A.