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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.”

Small Triangle Studs 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.

Small Triangle Studs in Rose Gold

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Small Triangle Studs in Rose Gold

100.00

These studs make an edgy geometric statement with Art Deco designs. These studs look great alone or in combination with the Large Triangle Studs, as well as many other earrings from Kristen Dorsey Designs.

Significance

I live and work in the historic core neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles and many buildings were built in the 20s. The triangular design of this piece is based on the striking Art Deco style of these buildings, in particular the Eastern building.

Details

These small earrings are cast in sterling silver and plated in rose gold.

Dimensions

10mm x 15mm.

Collection

Of Earth and Place - Nurturing a future rooted in the place we forever call home.

Handmade in Los Angeles

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