Founded by Clifford Furst in 1945,
Castlecliff, Inc., was founded by Clifford Furst in New York City around 1945. Operating from their
Fifth Avenue, headquarters, Castlecliff acquired a reputation for manufacturing quality costume jewelry.
The firm aggressively marketed its jewelry with advertisements in all of the major fashion magazines
such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, presenting its products as the "talked about jewelry." Although
marketed through fine department stores such as Bloomingdale, Castlecliff jewelry was not very expensive.
Castlecliff jewelry reflects the strong influence of that exciting period
in costume jewelry's history. Castlecliff created bold but intricate jewelry made from good quality
materials. Its designs show imaginative use of stones, and styles range from Art Deco to Gothic and
Native American. Their chief designer was William Markle, whose architectural background resulted in
highly stylized designs. Castlecliff's quality and designs made it particularly attractive to collectors
and all those who appreciate beauty and precision in fine costume jewelry. Large signed pieces that have
stood the test of time are the most sought after. The company ceased operations in the 1960's.
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