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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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Summer stacking style

Kristen Dorsey

Each piece tells a story, and over time they tell stories about the people who love them and wear them while accomplishing their dreams, and exploring the world. This is why I strive to create pieces that are versatile to fit a wide array of styles and personalities. For the summer months I love how these rings can stack together to create a variety of looks. Wear them one, two, or three at a time for an elegant compliment to your summer adventures! 

 

Shop these stackable styles below. PS, all styles come in rose gold and all styles with stones come in other stone options!

Heart of the Shield Ring in Sterling Silver
from 190.00

Her generous heart is as beautiful and serene as cool shimmering gemstones set in silver. The light she brings to so many is captured by the brilliant diamond accent. The Heart of the Shield ring makes an elegant thank you to the one who is always there in your time of need. It features uniquely faceted labradorite, moonstone or aquamarine set in silver and accented with a white diamond.

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Lattice Ring in Sterling Silver
from 310.00

An intricately carved architectural latice-work references the sun disk pattern and frames the iridescent moonstone with an elegant crown shape.  The sun disk design is commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.  Wear this ring as a unique cocktail ring, or stack it with the sun disk rings for a dynamic statement. 

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Silver Boat Stone Stacking Ring
100.00

Perfect for stacking or as a wear alone statement ring, the unique hand carved shape is inspired by a boat stone. It is thought that boat stones were used in the ancient southeast as a spear weight or for ceremonial purposes.  They were perfectly carved out of a variety of stones and polished to a high gleam.  The side of this timeless shape is carved with a symbolic feather pattern inspired by ancient shell carvings.  It is cast in solid sterling silver.

Cast in Sterling Silver.  Dimensions: 1.21" x 1" x .28" 

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Stacking Sun Disk Ring in Silver
80.00

The hand carved ring is detailed with an intricate sun diskpattern inspired by an ancient southeastern carved shell gorget. The sun disk pattern was also used in other southeastern carved shell pieces to depict the feathered wings of southeastern sky dieties. The Sun Disk ring is designed to layer with other Sun Disk rings and or the constellation ring, or it may be worn as a stand alone piece. The ring measures 1.9" x .97" x .25" 

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Finding Inspiration in the Waves

Kristen Dorsey

Growing up, the beach was a large part of my life. My Dad is a marine biologist, and his work involved students and research boats. He often took me with them, sharing his love of the sea and it’s creatures with me. These memories are part of the inspiration I bring to my work.

The ocean remains a powerful force in my life. Surfing is my passion - providing the opportunity to both relax and exercise. My time in the ocean helps me leave stress behind me and feel truly alive.

Several of my pieces find their inspiration in power and magnificence of the ocean. From the rings and earrings of the Barnacle Collection, with the stones hidden inside the curves and contours of silver and other precious metals, to the swirling lines of the Water Disc pieces, my love for the ocean is expressed in my work.

 

Wearing these pieces is like carrying a hint of the ocean with you. Enjoy!

Recap of Native Fashion Now at the Portland Art Museum

Kristen Dorsey

Last weekend I attended the opening of the exhibit Native Fashion Now at the Portland Art Museum. This incredible ground breaking exhibit features the works of innovative Native Design from across the Nation. I am especially honored to have my Stingray breastplate and ring featured in the exhibit. As always I had a blast re-connecting with my fellow designers. After seeing this talented group of entrepreneurs following their fashion dreams, I always return home refreshed and inspired.  

I also enjoyed exploring the shops, restaurants, and gorgeous gardens of Portland and hope to return because there is much to see! 

On Saturday evening the Portland Art Museum's Native American Advisory Board organized a special pop-up shopping event for us visiting designers. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and clients. 

Thank you Portland for a great weekend and I hope to return soon!

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