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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.”

Gold and Tanzanite Dolphin Ring

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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.

Gold and Tanzanite Dolphin Ring

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Gold and Tanzanite Dolphin Ring

2,600.00

The tanzanite is held in place by six talon-like heavy gold prongs for an antique heirloom feel. The dolphin's flanks and tails are studded in white bead set sapphire and the dolphin's eyes are set with blue sapphires.

Significance

This ring is inspired by the beauty of the California coast a pair of intricately detailed hand sculpted gold dolphins leap to hold a beautiful purple tanzanite.

Details

Each detail is hand carved and cast in solid 14k yellow gold.

Dimensions

Coming Soon.

Collection

One-of-a-kind

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