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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.”

Yaupon 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.

Yaupon Earrings in Rose Gold

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Yaupon Earrings in Rose Gold

680.00

These earrings combine the timeless arched look of the 1920s with an organic shape reminiscent of the Yaupon plant. They look great with smaller studs like the Small Triangle Studs, Deco Studs and with the matching Yaupon Pendant.

Significance

Yaupon is the only indigenous plant in North America that produces caffeine. It was used for tea and was a trade commodity for ancestors of modern day southeastern tribes. The vibrant colored stones symbolize energy and the plant’s red berries.

Details

These earrings are cast in sterling silver and plated in rose gold. They are set with opal and blue sapphire.

Dimensions

1.1” x 1.8”

Collection

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

Handmade in Los Angeles

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