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Los Angeles, CA

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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.”

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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.

Two Worlds Gorget

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Two Worlds Gorget

2,900.00

In Mississippian cosmology there are three worlds; the upper sky world, the lower underwater world, and the middle world of the earth's surface. The duality of the upper and lower worlds create a balance without which life is not possible. Please see below for the full story on the Two Worlds Gorget piece.

Significance

In my Two Worlds Gorget, I divide the crescent shaped gorget into two parts, which unite to clasp the ropes of black pearls. The right side depicts a winged serpent, a deity of the sky world. The left side depicts an underwater panther, a deity of the underwater world. The two meet in the center with a hinge masked by a copper panel etched with a turtle shell pattern, the turtle, or 'loksi' in the Chickasaw language, carries great spiritual significance and represents the Earth. Additionally the use of copper and silver symbolizes this concept of duality. The pearls are a traditional adornment material and in this piece they are used to reference both the rivers that they are from and the path of souls.

Details

This piece is created using copper and silver.

Dimensions

Coming Soon.

Collection

One-of-a-kind

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