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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.”

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Inside the Studio Part 2

Kristen Dorsey

Another sneak peak at the final touches on the one of a kind earrings! So many steps, skills, and details are put into each of our pieces to create one of a kind statement-making pieces!

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Above: Kristen paints the silver with a patina to add contrast with the yellow gold and to the design and to highlight the beautiful lavender flashes in the moonstones. 

Below: Kristen uses her flex shaft with a burr attachment to remove metal from the inside of the gold caps.  This creates a snug fit for the large faceted quartz drops.

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Below: Checking the fit of the quartz into the 18k yellow gold caps.  Ignore the beat up manicure and take in the beauty of these gorgeous materials!

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Below: Stones are ready to set! Afterwards, the patina edges will be cleaned up, and every surface will be inspected and perfected!

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One of a Kind Moonstone & Quartz Drop Earrings

Details

These one-of-a-kind earrings are handcrafted with fine silver (.999), 18K, 22K, rainbow moonstone, and quartz.  The finely faceted briolette caps are hand carved with a fluted design.  They hang from diamond shaped cabochon moonstone set in 22k yellow gold on a fine silver background shaped with subtle southeastern designs.  18K wire edges the top.  They hang from hand formed 18K ear wires. 

Dimensions

2.5" long x 0.5" wide 

Collection

One of a kind 

Handmade in Los Angeles

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