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716 S. Los Angeles St.
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.”

Yaupon Pendant in Sterling Silver

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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.

Yaupon Pendant in Sterling Silver

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Yaupon Pendant in Sterling Silver

370.00

This pendant features organic detailing reminiscent of the Yaupon plant. The detailed work on each side of the stone are further inspired by the plant, which was an important resource for indigenous groups in North America.

Significance

Yaupon is the only indigenous plant in North America that produces caffeine. It was used for tea and was a trade commodity for ancestors of modern day southeastern tribes. The vibrant colored stones symbolize energy and the plant’s red berries.

Details

This pendant cast in sterling silver with an antique finish. It is set with opal and pink sapphire.

Dimensions

15” – 20” adjustable chain, 1.1” x 0.8” pendant

Collection

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

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