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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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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