Kendra Roberts will be the first to tell you that the juxtapositional nature of her jewelry – beautiful semi-precious stones and shell crafted through the physically-demanding art of lapidary (stone cutting) – is an ironic, yet spot-on reflection of her artistry and personal self.
Kendra discovered her labor of love - the technique of cutting rough stone to create wearable art. By banging metal, igniting torches and then soldering and polishing, Kendra drew upon her “tomboy” roots and learned to craft one-of-a-kind jewelry using her bare hands. The aggressive, tactile nature of this rare artistic process involving sweat, blood and mess yielded an earthy, yet royal-like beauty – and it captivated Kendra. The idea that she was authentically creating something with her own two hands that would be intimately worn on someone’s body drove her to leave painting and devote herself entirely to jewelry.
KSJ is distinctly known for its individually sourced, hand cut and polished colorful semi-precious stones and shell that are set in clean, contemporary designs. KSJ has been featured in national and regional media outlets including HGTV, CBS Indianapolis, Woman’s World, People en Espanol, Art Jewelry, AmericanStyle, Crain’s New York Business, Niche, Antenna, Indianapolis Monthly, and The Columbus Dispatch, amongst others. KSJ can be found in galleries all throughout the US. For locations, visit www.myksj.com.