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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 Earrings in Black Rhodium

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Shield Earrings in Black Rhodium

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Shield Earrings in Black Rhodium

700.00

The elegant Shield Earrings feature a dynamic watch cut labradorite. Just below the ear wires are white diamond accents. The signature Panther Woman collection shield design is suspended from each stone setting to allow for natural movement. The shields were molded and cast from original hand sculpted pieces by Kristen Dorsey using a traditional relief sculpture technique.

Significance

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.

Details

These earrings are cast in sterling silver, black rhodium plated, set with labradorite and diamond accents.

Dimensions

2.4” x 1.2"

Collection

The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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