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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA

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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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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!

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