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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 Studs 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.

Deco Studs in Rose Gold

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Deco Studs in Rose Gold

from 170.00

These small Art Deco studs are perfect for layering with larger earrings for a strong statement. Large Triangle Studs look great when keeping with the Art Deco theme, but these studs also work well with Shield Earrings or pieces from the Panther Woman Collection.

Significance

The detailing on these delicately carved studs are 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

Sterling silver with rose gold plate and set with a 5mm rainbow moonstone, opal, or tourmaline cabochon. Post back.

Dimensions

Earring: 0.4” x 0.5”, Stone: 0.2”

Collection

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

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