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Barry Kieselstein-Cord

American, b. 1948

In the mid-1950s, there were children who read comic books and built forts and then there was Barry Kieselstein-Cord, a now-critically acclaimed New York City–born jewelry designer whose early hobbies included carving totem poles.

In fact, Kieselstein-Cord was proficient at carving by the time he was eight years old. His hobby fueled what would become deep interests in Native American art and in the natural world around him. Kieselstein-Cord made more carvings, and eventually began to explore metalwork and craft jewelry in his teens. Today he creates rings, necklaces and other jewelry and accessories so divine that they are as much wearable sculptures as they are personal adornment.

Kieselstein-Cord studied at Parsons School of Design and the American Craft Institute. He has long been enamored of illustration, architecture, photography and other disciplines, and even as a world-renowned jeweler, Kieselstein-Cord has always considered his true identity as a sculptor. ”I don’t make jewelry; I do sculptures for the body,” he has said.

Kieselstein-Cord designed his first sterling silver collection in 1972, and a year later, the collection was presented for sale at Georg Jensen’s Manhattan flagship store. Kieselstein-Cord’s partnership with the legendary Danish silverware firm meant that his work would reach an international audience. It was also around this time that the designer began to work with fashion titans Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein.

By the late 1970s, Kieselstein-Cord had begun to integrate gold and gemstones into his work. During this decade he designed much-lauded belt buckles, and some of his most sought-after collections — including Crocodile, Pompeii and Borgia — followed a decade later. On today’s secondary market, those 1980s-era designs are enjoying a resurgence. Names like Henry Dunay and Kieselstein-Cord are being reappraised as icons of contemporary design.

Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Barack Obama and Giorgio Armani are all known collectors of Kieselstein-Cord’s work. His designs have found their way into the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

On 1stDibs find a collection of vintage Barry Kieselstein-Cord belts, earrings, bracelets, handbags and other jewelry and accessories.

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Designer: Barry Kieselstein-Cord
Barry Kieselstein-Cord Black Sterling Silver Alligator Buckle On Lizard Strap
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 1192000 Made In: New York Measurements: Length: 33" Width: 1" Height: " Belt Strap Measurements: Adjustable 26"-30" OVERALL GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION (6...
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20th Century Barry Kieselstein-Cord

1978 Berry Kieselstein Cord Leather Purple Belt with Sterling Buckle
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in San Francisco, CA
Kieselstein Cord purple leather belt with pressed lizard texturing, sterling silver buckle, tip, and keepers all stamped and dated "1978"
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1970s Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Kieselstein Cord Geniune Alligator Belt, Size 2
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The bet features black and shiny finish on the outside and brown leather on the inside. The belt does not come with the buckle.
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1990s American Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Vintage Kieselstein-Cord Navy Leather and Sterling Silver Shoulder Small Bag
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The bag features 925 sterling silver animal, alligator, crocodile motif, sterling silver zip closure, green suede interior, braided finish shoulder handle that drop...
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1990s Italian Barry Kieselstein-Cord

1980 Barry Kieselstein-Cord Black Leather Satchel Bag w/ Logo Alligator Hardware
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in San Francisco, CA
A simple 1980s Barry Kieselstein-Cord black pebbled leather satchel bag with large signature silver alligator hardware. Braided leather handle. Zipper closure.
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BARRY KISELSTEIN-CORD Nude Alligator Belt Goldtone Sterling Frog Buckle Large
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage Barry Kiselstein-Cord belt is composed of a nude alligator with gold-tone sterling silver hardware. Features a frog buckle with adjustable belt tab. This is a fantastic ...
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20th Century Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Vintage Barry Kieselstein-Cord Wide Sun Buckle Silver Tone
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in New York, NY
The winking sun buckle is one of Kieselstein-Cord's early designs and one of the most popular. This vintage wide sun belt buckle comes in silver tone hardware. Buckle measurements: 3...
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Late 20th Century American Barry Kieselstein-Cord

1990s Barry Kieselstein Cord Alligator Purple + Silver Chrome Vintage Sunglasses
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and chic late 90s BARRY KIESELSTEIN CORD purple and matte silver oblong / rectangle novelty rimless sunglasses! The hinge of each side of the frames feature the brand’s signatur...
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1990s Italian Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Barry Kieselstein Cord Wide Buckle Black Leather Slim Belt Gold Tone
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in New York, NY
The wide fancy buckle with a leather belt is one of Kieselstein-Cord's early and popular designs. This vintage wide fancy buckle comes in gold tone hardware with a slim black leather...
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Late 20th Century American Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Kieselstein Cord Shades of Olive Green "The Saint" Tortoise Frame Eyeglasses
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1, KIESELSTEIN-CORD
Located in New York, NY
Kieselstein Cord "The Staint" tortoise frame in shades of olive greens are accented with "The Sun & The Moon" in gilded 18k plated gold hardware inserted with...
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1980s Japanese Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Barry Kieselstein Cord Lizard Skin Pink & Purple Belt W/ Sterling Silver Belt
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Barry Kieselstein Cord Lizard Skin Pink & Purple Belt W/ Sterling Silver Belt Bands. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 34 inches Shortest length - 30 inches ...
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1990s American Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Vintage Barry Kieselstein Cord Sterling Silver Duck Buckle, Green and Red Belt
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Featuring circa 1981, sterling silver duck buckle with interchangeable and adjustable animal skin green and red belt straps. All the buckle and both belts signed BA...
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1980s American Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Antonio Lopez 1979 Coty Award Lithograph Barry Kieselstein-Cord
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Cloverdale, CA
LIMITED EDITION ILLUSTRATION BY ANTONIO LOPEZ (1943 - 1987) DESIGNER... Barry Kieselstein-Cord Original lithographic print from a limited edition of 500 printed in 1979 after whi...
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1970s Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Kieselstein Cord Huge Tortoise Shell & Embossed Croc Calfskin Sunglasses
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1, KIESELSTEIN-CORD
Located in New York, NY
Kieselstein Cord wonderfully elegant huge tortoise shell lucite frame is detailed with embossed croc calfskin arms, and finished with their signature name plated with their c...
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1990s Japanese Barry Kieselstein-Cord

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