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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.”

Shield Cuff in Black Rhodium


Storytelling in Metal and Stone

Shield Cuff in Black Rhodium

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Shield Cuff in Black Rhodium


As seen in Instore Magazine

The Shield cuff is a versatile piece that can be worn with either the point of the shield design pointing up, or pointing down. The wire-work elegantly wraps around the wrist. The cuff is cast in solid sterling silver and can be adjusted to fit most wrist sizes. The cuff was molded and cast from an original hand sculpted piece 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 the 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 cuff is cast in sterling silver and plated in black rhodium.


3.2”x2.4”x2.3”, adjustable to fit most wrist sizes


The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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