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.
Ben Bridge is like a car dealership with high-priced midrange cars sandwiched between Mercedes and a used car lot.
There’s so much going on, it’s hard to decide precisely what the brand is trying to be.
That’s what it feels like Ben Bridge is doing in the jewelry industry. They sell luxury jewelry, standard pieces, and even fashion jewelry all at the same time. And everything is expensive.
Whether you’re shopping at one of their mall locations or the flagship Seattle Ben Bridge store, you’ll pay more than you would somewhere else.
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