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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.”

Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

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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.

Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

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Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium

500.00

This piece is made to order. Please allow for an additional 7-10 business days for shipping. 

Lightweight and wearable this cuff will infuse your look with history, culture, and edgy style day or night. The original design of this statement cuff was fabricated using ancient relief sculpture techniques pioneered by ancestors of the Southeastern Native American tribes.

Significance

A cloud-like formation of individually textured scales elegantly wraps around the wrist. The sky serpent is an important Southeastern being of the upperworld and can be found carved into ancient shell jewelry.

Details

This cuff is cast in bronze and plated in black rhodium.

Dimensions

The cuff measures 2.4" width x 2.24" height. It is adjustable to fit most wrists.

Collection

Shokmalli

Handmade in Los Angeles

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