Kenda Kist jewelry is hand-crafted and designed by NC based artist, Kenda Kistenmacher.

Handcrafted pieces with big city impact

From growing up in Iowa to studying metal design at East Carolina University, I have always found inspiration in the objects that surround me. Infusing my hand-crafted jewelry designs with unique twists, Kenda Kist Jewelry strikes the perfect balance between trending silhouettes and timeless classics. The line is functional and lightweight, making it perfect for all occasions.

The line’s design is creating a nationwide fanbase as consumers appreciate our dedication to quality. Kenda Kist Jewelry holds impeccably high standards. All pieces are crafted from the finest gemstones and precious metals available, all sourced responsible and combined artfully. 

This woman-owned brand continues to grow, and I am proud to continue to offer more and more job opportunities for fellow artisans in our community as the jewelry line increases. 

A Family Affair

Kenda Kist Jewelry is proud to not only be a woman-owned business, but also a family-operated enterprise.

Meet the team

Marty’s specialty is designing and creating fine jewelry and art pieces that range from belt buckles and serving ware to fine jewelry for every occasion. With 20 years of experience as a metal smith, he can create custom pieces in gold, silver or platinum using existing family treasures or from sourced gemstones and diamonds. We look forward to creating a family heirloom for you!


Maggie came to work with us during the pandemic, she started out as an intern and quickly moved into bench work. She is a natural at hammering and soldering and excels at her craft. In her free time she has been exploring wax carving and loves to create graphics for local bands. She is currently studying metal design at Appalachian State and helps out during school breaks. 


Head bench production. Christina came to us as an intern and quickly showed great potential in picking up new skills, such as metal forming and hammering.


Izzy started her internship the spring of 2022. We love Izzy’s energy and her willingness to learn. I love our Saturday chats about music, feminist and art.  Izzy plays the drums and she is the coolest 16 year old, with the best music taste.


I met Lauren over 10 years ago when she was working at Cat Banjo. I’ve been lucky to have Lauren on the team for the past few years. She is the our Quality Control, tagger and boxing extraordinaire! Lauren loves all things Halloween, and hanging out with her family and the very first Vegan I ever met. (She’s been Vegan for over 20 years)