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Smoking in Style

Jewelry Designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord is Far From a Household Name, Which is Just the Way He Likes It
Nancy Wolfson
From the Print Edition:
Orlando Hernandez, Mar/Apr 99

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"He's my best friend," she gushes. "He was a very strict father when I was growing up but he's really open-minded." When asked what his greatest gift to her was, she replies, "He taught me how to draw and he taught me how to listen."

"She's the apple of his eye, the queen bee," Pam Eldrege, Kieselstein-Cord's former media coordinator, says of Elisabeth, who has starred in her father's advertising campaigns since she was in diapers. Now Elisabeth is BKC's spokeswoman for its collection of sport jewelry.

What's next for this man who built a veritable empire from a table in his bedroom? "I'd like to go back to painting and devote myself to some archaeological digging. I've always wanted to hunt for pirate treasure," he says. "When I was a kid I used to look up to Zorro. With a cape, a mask and a sword, he acted independently against crime and misdeed. He was well mannered, well spoken, very whimsical. I liked the idea of signing my name with a big Z. What more could you want?"

Nancy Wolfson is a freelance writer based in New York.

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