The name change happened years later when his son-in-law Ben Bridge bought Samuel’s shares in 1927 and renamed the business.
While many jewelers at the time grew quickly, Ben Bridge took longer to expand. They only opened a second location in the 1950s and remained a mostly regional chain.
In 2000, billionaire investor Warren Buffett bought shares in Ben Bridge, making it another Berkshire Hathaway jewelry brand alongside sister companyHelzberg Diamonds.
Ben Bridge remains a family-run business despite its corporate ownership, with the fifth generation handling much of its operations. The current President and CEO is Lisa Bridge, Ben’s great-granddaughter.
Ben Bridge reviews are okay. They don’t have sky-high ratings like some brands, but they also don’t have significant internet complaints.
The company has earned an A+ rating on theBetter Business Bureau. They have 3.9 of 5 stars onKnoji, based on 26 factors. And they have 4.8 stars of 5 from 19 reviews onThe Knot.
Despite my best research, I simply couldn’t find a lot of ratings for Ben Bridge on popular review sites. And I take recommendations from The Knot with a grain of salt—even if a wedding isn’t perfect, most newlyweds will think about it positively.
When it comes to the expert reviewers, we get a clearer picture. Michael Fried atThe Diamond Pro gave the company 2.67 of 5 stars, criticizing Ben Bridge’s excessive pricing and poor customer education.
Richard Jenkins atYour Diamond Guru also gave the brand a low rating of 2 of 5 stars, commenting that their prices are too high for the products they sell.