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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.”

Large Shield Pendant In Black Rhodium


Large Shield Pendant In Black Rhodium

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Large Shield Pendant In Black Rhodium


The striking and powerful shield pendant is black rhodium plated and accented with two diamond shaped labradorite gemstones. It hangs on a heavy gauge diamond shaped linked chain, which can be clasped at any point for versatility. The piece is molded and cast from an original hand sculpted pendant by Kristen Dorsey using a traditional relief sculpture technique.


The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history.  The shield represents how women are defenders of their families, communities, and culture.  Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.  


This large pendant is cast in sterling silver, black rhodium plated, and accented with Labradorite.


Wear this piece long or short.  It hangs on an adjustable chain measuring up to 28."


The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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