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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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Holiday Gift Guide

Kristen Dorsey

The Explorer
Four Directions Loksi Earrings in Silver

Never satisfied with staying still, her thirst for adventure leads her around the globe. Her travel philosophy centers around reverence and respect for local communities, and as a result, they open their homes and offer her their wisdom. The four directions Loksi earrings are her compass.  The balance and guidance of north, south, east and west center her while the loksi (turtle) shells remind her of the home she always returns to.

Never satisfied with staying still, her thirst for adventure leads her around the globe. Her travel philosophy centers around reverence and respect for local communities, and as a result, they open their homes and offer her their wisdom. The four directions Loksi earrings are her compass.  The balance and guidance of north, south, east and west center her while the loksi (turtle) shells remind her of the home she always returns to.

The Innovator
Shield Ring in Rose Gold with Labradorite

The Nurturer
Heart of the Shield Pendant in Silver with Aquamarine

She is the mother her children depend upon, the daughter caring for an aging parent, the tireless social worker caring for her community. Her generous heart is as beautiful and serene as this sky blue aquamarine set in silver. The light she brings to so many is captured by the brilliant diamond accent. The heart of the shield pendant is an elegant thank you to the one who is always there in your time of need.

She is the mother her children depend upon, the daughter caring for an aging parent, the tireless social worker caring for her community. Her generous heart is as beautiful and serene as this sky blue aquamarine set in silver. The light she brings to so many is captured by the brilliant diamond accent. The heart of the shield pendant is an elegant thank you to the one who is always there in your time of need.


The Challenger
Small Shield Pendant in Rose Gold

She never takes no for an answer, instead, it fuels her drive to succeed. She has a warriors heart and is a natural leader. The path she forges makes the world a better place and always challenges the status quo. The shield pendant symbolizes her strength and will guard her as she tirelessly takes on challenge after challenge.

She never takes no for an answer, instead, it fuels her drive to succeed. She has a warriors heart and is a natural leader. The path she forges makes the world a better place and always challenges the status quo. The shield pendant symbolizes her strength and will guard her as she tirelessly takes on challenge after challenge.


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