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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.”




Inspired by the March Birthstone Aquamarine

Kristen Dorsey

Dear March birthday babes, 

The ocean is my happy place, therefore, any blue stones like Aquamarine will forever inspire me. Your birthstone, aquamarine, is one of the most beautiful blue gemstones with shades ranging from pale pastel blue to bright sea foam.  Aquamarine is said to bring tranquility, wisdom, and clarity to the wearer.  I love working with this material because anything water-themed connects me to my Chickasaw ancestors.  We always lived on the water's edge, utilizing the Mississippi river system as a trade route by boat, and harvesting fish, and shellfish for both sustenance and jewelry materials like shell and pearl.  

Celebrate and express yourself with these pieces accented with your beautiful birth stone!

Inside the Studio

Kristen Dorsey

Scroll through behind the scenes photos on the making of a one-of-a-kind Pair of earrings! 

1. Fabricating 18k gold bezels -Each stone setting is carefully fit and shaped for diamond cabochon Moonstones.  


2. Preparing to solder bezels to the fine silver back plate.  This design-work echoes art deco architecture.


3. Cutting gold solder.  Gold solder is used in the soldering process to bond the gold stone settings to the fine silver pieces.


4. Lighting my torch with my assistant in the background.  Bottom left corner: Uggs the rescue dog observes.


5. Soldering the gold and silver pieces together with a cameo of the Guardian Statement Ring


6. Bending 18k gold wire for the framework around the earrings.  Details like wire framing in 18k yellow gold will make these gemstones pop.


7. Various pieces waiting to be assembled.  Half way through this project! We can't wait to show you these special one of a kind earrings.


Stayed tuned for the photos of the finished one-of-a-kind earring! 

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