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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.”

Deco Chain Bracelet in Sterling Silver

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Of Earth and Place Collection

With this collection, we reconnect to the land of our Chickasaw ancestors. Forced from their home in the southeast during 1830s by the Longest Walk, for many years looking back was too painful. Yet now, we are actively preserving and protecting the fragile ecosystems that nourished and anchored our ancestors for thousands of years. The Of Earth and Place collection takes these concepts of place and environment and interprets them through my personal experience. My dreams of the Chickasaw homelands in the southeast are represented by the plant species used by my ancestors and rendered within an Art Deco framework. With this collection, I honor the knowledge of our people and the place we will forever call home.

Deco Chain Bracelet in Sterling Silver

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Deco Chain Bracelet in Sterling Silver

from 110.00

Significance

The detailing on the carved charm is inspired by the intricately adorned Art Deco style architecture of downtown Los Angeles. Kristen Dorsey lives and works amongst these beautiful buildings built in an era where artisanal treatments and luxurious materials brought the beauty of the natural world to the urban cityscape.

Details

This bracelet is cast in sterling silver with an antique finish. And set with your stone choice.

Dimensions

Middle Deco piece: 0.4” x 0.5”, adjustable chain length of 6" to 7" 

Collection

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

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