Light and dark sides?

Vintage Pebble Cord Cufflinks with Heliotrope cameos, New York 1985

Barry Kieselstein-Cord is a New York designer whose name is impossible to ignore when dealing with contemporary jewelry. Because his work can already be found in the collections of the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Numerous Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Elton John, as well as Sharon Stone and Lenny Kravitz, regularly appear on the red carpet wearing jewelry by Kieselstein. His designs convince with their rich and pleasant materiality, a certain knowledge of antiquity and usually an element of surprise that brings a smile to the face of its wearers. Thus, the 1985 cufflinks here also display a witty twist, as the solid satin gold pieces bear two cut heliotropes that show fine intaglios. What we see here is a sun and a moon, respectively, which, set one below the other, form a familiar pair of opposites. Day and night, light and shadow, early and late. But the two stars are more than that! This is also the signature of Kieselstein - the sun and the moon are his trademark. A piece of jewelry history from New York for the man with light and shadow sides!

All times have their fashions, and all fashions have their effects on the realm of jewelry as well. Jewelry of the 1980s is an often beautiful, and always impressive, testimony to a time of optimism and abundance: the oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street was flourishing - people sipped cocktails and paid by credit card, everything seemed possible.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.