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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.”

Gemstone Directional Stacking Ring in Sterling Silver

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The Hatchet Women Collection - Indigenous Resistance Since 1736

As Chickasaw women, we have always protected and defended our lands from invaders.  During the French – Indian wars of the 1700's our ancestors saw violence and uncertainty enter their lives.  However, they soon became known to the French as formidable adversaries; their villages nearly impossible to attack.  This was due in part to iron hatchet wielding Chickasaw women, who according to first hand French accounts, thwarted an ambush on the Ogoula Tchetoka village in 1736.  The French were also surprised to see that women could become warriors, and that women were as essential to war as they were to peace, often accompanying warriors into battle to sing war songs and to provide direction and support.  

Today we wield knowledge instead of hatchets, however, we are no less fierce than our grandmothers, and will pass on this gift of strength to our granddaughters.

Gemstone Directional Stacking Ring in Sterling Silver

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Gemstone Directional Stacking Ring in Sterling Silver

from 170.00

Significance

The story of the Chickasaw Hatchet Women served to inspire the many generations that followed them.  As a contemporary Chickasaw artist I look to our history to guide me.  This ring, with it’s subtle sun disk detailing, is designed to balance and focus the wearer in order to follow their chosen direction.

Details

This ring is cast in sterling silver and set with your choice of gemstone.  The details are accented with an antique finish.

Dimensions

.95” long x .85” wide x .93” height. Stone measurement:  12.5 mm x 8.9 mm

Collection

The Hatchet Women - Indigenous Resistance since 1736

During the French Indian Wars of the 1730s, villages in our southeastern homelands were under attack by French Soldiers looking to take our resources and harm our people.  However, they were stopped by Chickasaw women.  Armed with hatchets and skilled in combat, these unconquerable women forced the French to retreat.

Learn more about the hatchet women story here.

Handmade in Los Angeles

*Pieces are made to be hypo-allergenic and less likely to tarnish.

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