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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.”

Heart of the Shield Pendant in Rose Gold

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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.

Heart of the Shield Pendant in Rose Gold

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Heart of the Shield Pendant in Rose Gold

from 210.00

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

Her generous heart is as beautiful and serene as cool shimmering gemstones set in silver. The light she brings to so many is captured by the brilliant diamond accent. The Heart of the Shield Pendant is an elegant thank you to the one who is always there in your time of need. Wear alone or layer with the Shield Pendants.

Significance

Each gemstone is cut in a small shield shape. The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history.  The shield represents how our women are defenders of their families, communities, and culture.  Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.  Coordinates with the Heart of shield studs and ring.

Details

This pendant is cast in sterling silver and plated in rose gold. It is set with your stone choice and a diamond accent.

Dimensions

Pendant: 13mm x 12mm, adjustable chain: 15”-18”

Collection

The Panther Woman

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