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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.”

Onyx Spike Earrings in Rose Gold

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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.

Onyx Spike Earrings in Rose Gold

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Onyx Spike Earrings in Rose Gold

330.00

This piece is made to order, please allow an additional 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Lightweight yet fierce the Onyx Spike Earrings are battle ready. The four faces of the black onyx stones taper down to points. Faux granulation detailing finishes off these subtle yet powerful earrings.

Significance

The stones are suspended from a shield design symbolizing the strength and power of Chickasaw women who are guardians of their families and cultures. The shields are carved with a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands and are accented with black diamonds.

Details

These earrings are cast in sterling silver, plated in rose gold and set with onyx.

Dimensions

1.5”x0.5”

Collection

The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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