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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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Miss Oklahoma Wears KDD Jewelry for the Miss America Competition!

Kristen Dorsey

This summer, Triana Browne, a fellow citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, was crowned as Miss Oklahoma!  Shortly after, I was thrilled to receive a call from the Chickasaw Nation asking me to collaborate with a group of Chickasaw artists to create a special ensemble for her. It was an incredible honor to be asked by my Nation to create pieces that represent our culture in such a prestigious event.  Also, Triana exemplifies the strength and determination that Chickasaw women are known for throughout our history.  Read about her incredible story here.

The jewelry pieces I created each represent elements of ancient Chickasaw adornment and were crafted using the sculptural techniques of my ancestors. Scroll through to see some studio process photos below!

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During the Miss America Pageant parade, Triana wears my earrings, necklace, and hair comb to compliment her uniquely inspired Chickasaw tear dress-romper, and intricately beaded booties.

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For the full story about the creation of this beautiful ensemble and the artists who made it, please visit http://missok.chickasaw.net/

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