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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 Vintage Fox Buckle Alligator Leather Belt
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in London, GB
Super rare, unworn vintage Barry Kieselstein-Cord belt. Comes with original dustbag. Black American alligator leather with tan leather backing, featuring stunningly modeled fox ...
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Kieselstein-Cord Crocodilehall Gator Flip Lock Medium
By KIESELSTEIN-CORD, Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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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...
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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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Kieselstein Cord Shades of Olive Green "The Saint" Tortoise Frame Eyeglasses
By KIESELSTEIN-CORD, Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
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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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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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...
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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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BARRY KISELSTEIN-CORD Nude Alligator Belt Goldtone Sterling Frog Buckle Large
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Barry Kieselstein Cord Lizard Skin Pink & Purple Belt W/ Sterling Silver Belt
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Kieselstein Cord Huge Tortoise Shell & Embossed Croc Calfskin Sunglasses
By KIESELSTEIN-CORD, Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
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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Barry Kieselstein-cord fashion for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Barry Kieselstein-Cord fashion available on 1stDibs. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Kathrine Baumann Beverly Hills, Adrienne Landau, and Christopher Ross appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord fashion from top boutiques around the world. Barry Kieselstein-Cord fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $249 and tops out at $2,295, while the average work can sell for $875.

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