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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.”



Chickasaw storytelling in metal and stone

Using traditional materials and techniques of ancient Mississippian art and Chickasaw culture, our designs capture the power and meaning of Kristen’s Chickasaw heritage and the energy of our contemporary culture. Copper, freshwater pearls, and the rich symbolism of southeastern Native American people combine to create our signature look and style.

About Our Collections

Each collection has a story to tell drawn from Kristen’s Chickasaw heritage, life experiences, and personal style. You’ll be challenged, inspired, and intrigued by the background of every piece.

About Our Designer

Kristen Dorsey combines a passion for creativity and art with a fascination for the cultural heritage of her people. Her work reflects the inspiration she draws from the stories, lives, and history of her people.


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