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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA

(310) 489-3763

Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC was founded in 2011 by Kristen Dorsey, an award-winning Chickasaw metalsmith living and working in Huntington Beach, CA. For Kristen, jewelry goes beyond ornamental adornment; it is a medium with which she has forged her cultural identity as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a Native American tribe originally from the southeast.  Utilizing natural gemstones, precious metals, and other materials, her handcrafted jewelry pieces are a unique mix of Chickasaw visual traditions infused with inspiration drawn from the beauty of the California Coast.  Dorsey’s philosophy is that “jewelry is a sacred narrative; it captures moments of significance for the wearer such as transitions in life, relationships with one another, and with one’s community, cultural identity, and spirituality.”

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See you in Santa Fe!

Kristen Dorsey

Hey there! Kristen Dorsey Designs is headed to Santa Fe, NM for two shows in August. We are excited to participate in the Indigenous Fine Art Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market. This is the perfect chance to shop Kristen's brand new collection 'Of Earth and Place', a collection that meshes Chickasaw culture with the amazing architecture of Downtown Los Angeles.

More information on the shows:

- IFAM:

Where: Santa Fe Railyard

When: August 18th & 19th from 10:00am - 5:00pm, & August 20th from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

For more information please visit IFAM.

-SWAIA:

Where: Santa Fe Plaza

When: August 20th from 7:00am -5:00pm & August 21st from 8:00am - 5:00pm.

The market is free & open to the public. There are a number of events including the preview night, haute couture fashion show and live auction which require tickets. For ticketing information on those special events, please visit SWAIA.

KDD x The Californian Refugee

Kristen Dorsey

Kristen Dorsey Designs recently collaborated with the Californian Refugee AKA Amelia Schley. Take a look at the outcome!

Photographer, blogger: Amelia Schley
Model, hair & make up: Monique Lacrosse


 

Small Shield Pendant in Sterling Silver
150.00

This powerful, yet delicate pendant is designed to wear alone, or may be layered with other pieces. It is molded and cast from an original piece hand sculpted by Kristen Dorsey in a traditional relief sculpture technique.

Significance

The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history.  The shield represents how our women are defenders of their families, communities, and culture.  Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands. 

Details

This pendant is cast in sterling silver.

Dimensions

It hangs on an adjustable chain measuring 16" - 19".

Collection

The Panther Woman

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What do turtles and jewelry have in common?

Kristen Dorsey

Stomp dancing is an important aspect of Chickasaw culture. Historically, stomp dancing is a celebration of harvest, redemption and forgiveness.

Loksi (turtle) is a central aspect of the Stomp Dance. Shells are filled with pebbles and bound together on leather. Women then wear them on their legs as they dance, creating the rhythm of the music. The use of turtle shells shows respect and gratitude to the animal world for providing good things for the people.

Similarly, the Loksi pieces I’ve created (pendant, earrings, cufflinks, wrap bracelets) are symbols of respect and gratitude shown by those who wear them.  Each piece includes an element symbolizing Loksi central to the design.

Wear these pieces as a reminder of the good things in your life.

Loksi Earrings in Sterling Silver
125.00
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Loksi Pendant in Sterling Silver
140.00
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Loksi Cufflinks in Sterling Silver
130.00
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Four Direction Loksi Wrap Bracelet Silver
70.00
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Loksi Wrap Bracelet in Sterling Silver
45.00
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