Each month on Chapelboro we will be showcasing local makers, artists, products, and things made right here in North Carolina.

Today we are introducing you to Kenda Kistenmacher, an NC-based artist, and designer making gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry.

Since her childhood in Iowa, Kenda’s unique collection flourished from the inspiration of found objects, crafting them into something new. A true artisan, she cultivated her design skills at East Carolina University with a concentration in metal design. Upon graduating, Kenda launched a small signature collection. The line evolved into today’s brand: Kenda Kist Jewelry.

Each piece is hand-forged with delicate craftsmanship. Kenda designs classic pieces that integrate a funky twist, yet they are timeless enough to wear at any age. Her goal is simple: surpass trends and create functional, lightweight jewelry for women to wear for any occasion. Kenda meticulously selects the finest gemstones and precious metals, which are sourced responsibly and are combined artfully. Sterling silver and 14K gold-filled pieces define the brand.

Recently Kenda’s husband Marty Markel joined the Kenda Kist Team to add a new element to the line, stone setting and custom jewelry. Marty is a highly skilled Gold Smith with over 12 years of experience on the bench and can create pieces in Gold, Silver, and Platinum using any gemstone you desire.

Searching for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to impress?  Kenda Kist Jewelry is available locally at Sophia’s Boutique in Historic Carr Mill in downtown Carrboro or online at www.kendakist.com.  Your Valentine is sure to sparkle in her new Kenda Kist designs!