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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.”

Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

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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.

Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

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Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

500.00

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

Lightweight and wearable this cuff will infuse your look with history, culture, and edgy style day or night. The original design of this statement cuff was fabricated using ancient relief sculpture techniques pioneered by ancestors of the Southeastern Native American tribes.

Significance

A cloud-like formation of individually textured scales elegantly wraps around the wrist. The sky serpent is an important Southeastern being of the upperworld and can be found carved into ancient shell jewelry.

Details

This cuff is cast in bronze and plated in black rhodium.

Dimensions

The cuff measures 2.4" width x 2.24" height. It is adjustable to fit most wrists.

Collection

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