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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.”

Grape Tassel Earrings in Sterling Silver


Grape Tassel Earrings in Sterling Silver

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Grape Tassel Earrings in Sterling Silver


The original design of these earrings was created using the ancient technique of Chasing and repoussé. Chasing and repoussé was a process used by Chickasaw ancestors to create hand sculpted designs out of hammered flat metal. Tiny possum grapes accent a central pyramid-cut  banded blue lace agate. The art-deco inspired framing around the possum grapes is embellished with fiery pink sapphires set in solid sterling silver.  A Dramatic tassel of hand strung garnets adorns the bottom of the earrings.



Possum grapes are a favorite fruit of both past and present Chickasaw people.  These tiny wild grapes can be found throughout the southeast as well as in Oklahoma.  A popular recipe still made today is possum grape dumplings.



These earrings are cast in sterling silver with an antique finish. They are set with blue lace agate, pink sapphires and garnet tassels.


1.6" x 2.8" (length includes tassel)


Of Earth and Place - Nurturing a future rooted in the place we forever call home.

Handmade in Los Angeles

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