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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.”

Arch Earrings in Rose Gold

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The Hatchet Women Collection

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.

Arch Earrings in Rose Gold

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Arch Earrings in Rose Gold

from 530.00

This piece is made to order. Please allow for an additional 7-10 business days for shipping. 

These larger arched earrings look great by themselves, but make an even greater statement paired with the smaller Deco Studs or either style of Small Triangle Earrings.

Significance

The timeless arched design is inspired by the architecture of the Art Deco period, specifically the Oviatt building and the Rene Lalique glass displayed there. The elegant geometric designs of the period continue to inspire even 100 years later.

Details

These earrings are cast in sterling silver and plated in rose gold. They are set with about 12 carats of shimmering labradorite or rainbow moonstone.

Dimensions

2.4” x 1.2”

Collection

Of Earth and Place - Nurturing a future rooted in the place we forever call home.

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