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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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New collection title released!!!

Kristen Dorsey

We are so so excited to announce a powerful new collection and to share with you the inspiring story behind it:

As Chickasaw women, we have always protected and defended our lands from invaders.  During the French – Indian wars of the 1700s our ancestors saw violence and uncertainty enter their lives.  However, they soon became known to the French as formidable adversaries; their villages nearly impossible to attack.  This was due in part to iron hatchet wielding Chickasaw women, who according to first hand French accounts, thwarted an ambush on the Ogoula Tchetoka village in 1736.  The French were also surprised to see that women could become warriors, and that women were as essential to war as they were to peace, often accompanying warriors into battle to sing war songs and to provide direction and support.  

Today we wield knowledge instead of hatchets, however, we are no less fierce than our grandmothers, and will pass on this gift of strength to our granddaughters.

Because we know that waiting is oh so hard, we are doing a limited-quantity pre-release of the first piece of the new collection - The Guardian Statement Ring just in time for Mother's Day!  Kristen has been hard at work crafting many beautiful pieces inspired by female strength and courage.  Like all of our past collections, each piece carries layers of meaning and symbolism, making for inspired daily adornments.

The shield-like contours of this ring are designed for comfort and elegance.  The powerful shapes are actually four hand carved hatchets.  The shield shape of the ring will bring the wearer confidence, reminding you to meet every challenge fearlessly and boldly.  

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