It takes only a minute to identify Denver-based designer Dana Busch’s signature: the use of large, rare agate and jasper drops that display naturally occurring kaleidoscopic patterns. On this blog, I have covered dendritic agates, which along with moss agate (and snowflake agate, landscape agate, and so on) display painterly patterns of their own, but the specimens Busch favors are on a completely different level.
“In general, there are at least 300–400 recognized jaspers and agates,” says Busch, who describes herself as “an abstract sculpture artist whose medium is gemstones.” Although she has no formal training as a jewelry designer, she does have a background in the arts and holds a BA in foreign arts with an emphasis on graphic design.
Busch chooses material with intention but also intuitively, in a kind of thoughtful artist’s dream state.
“I consider the creative process a form of meditation,” she says.