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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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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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Four Direction Loksi Wrap Bracelet Silver
75.00
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Loksi Wrap Bracelet in Sterling Silver
45.00
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