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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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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!

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Model, hair & make up: Monique Lacrosse


 

Small Shield Pendant in Sterling Silver
150.00

50% of proceeds from this piece will be donated to Water Protector Legal Collective.  Read more on our blog!

These pendants are made to order. Please allow an additional 7 business days for shipping. 

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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