The husband-and-wife team started the brand out of their studio apartment in Austin, Texas. Today, the brand is known around the world and sells dozens of different styles.
The name comes from Amber’s brother Bryan Anthony, who passed away from bacterial meningitis at a young age. That history brought Amber to co-found a brand based on celebrating life’s moments with loved ones.
Today, the company operates primarily online, but you can also buy their products at third-party brick-and-mortar retailers, including gift shops and women's jewelry stores.
Bryan Anthonys sells affordable, stylish pieces that could mainly be categorized as fashion jewelry—that is, not made with precious metals or gemstones.
Perhaps the most popular item you’ll find at Bryan Anthonys is their selection of dainty necklaces.
The necklaces have unique pendants and are named based on what they represent, such as “Grit,” “You Are My Sunshine,” or “Beautifully Broken.” Each necklace comes with a note on the theme, written by CEO and co-founder Amber Glassman.
Bryan Anthonys also sells earrings, rings, and bracelets. You can purchase most of their jewelry with a finish of 14k gold (which is yellow), rose gold, or silver (which is actually rhodium).
Let’s start by explaining what Bryan Anthony’s jewelry is. Nearly all the pieces you can buy from the brand are made of brass with a thin coating of precious metal (14k gold or rhodium).
Coated brass is the standard formula for gold-plated jewelry, and it allows a brand to create jewelry that looks like solid gold at a fraction of the price. For affordable fashion jewelry, gold-plated is probably the most common method.
The downside is that these beautiful pieces don’t last as long as you might hope. Bryan Anthonys goes the extra mile and seals the pieces with a clear protective coating, but over time the gold plating will wear off.
With poor-quality gold-plated jewelry, the gold layer can wear away in as little as a few months. Bryan Anthonys is higher quality but will still probably wear away after a year or two of use.
Because the base metal in most pieces is brass, the copper may react with the chemicals in your hand and turn your finger green.
A more durable option is the gold vermeil pieces Bryan Anthonys sells. Gold vermeil is sterling silver coated with gold and is what we sell here at Blush & Bar.
Like Blush & Bar’s jewelry, all of Bryan Anthonys jewelry is nickel-free.
In general, the Bryan Anthonys reviews you’ll find online are positive about the brand.
On Trustpilot, the brand has 4.1 stars based on 84 reviews, giving it a label of “great.” And on the Better Business Bureau, Bryan Anthonys scores an “A” rating.
(There are also nearly 20,000 reviews on the Bryan Anthonys website. But I prefer to look at third-party reviews for a more objective opinion.)
Most reviewers shared how much they liked the jewelry they bought. A few reviews mentioned that the pieces don’t last very long and that the gold plating wears off, but they’re the minority.
Unfortunately, the biggest source of customer complaints is shipping. It appears Bryan Anthonys was hit hard during the U.S. Postal crisis of 2020, with massive shipping delays and even invalid tracking numbers.
There are also complaints from customers in the EU for hefty customs fees and taxes, often costing as much or more than the jewelry itself.
These complaints are unfortunate because shipping and customs are outside of the brand’s control. That said, the brand’s customer service seems impressive, with CEO Amber Glassman personally responding to several complaints and some reviewers being refunded for their shipping issues.
The final word on Bryan Anthonys
If you’re looking for a great gift or a unique piece of jewelry for yourself, Bryan Anthonys is a good place to look.
However, we would recommend against the gold-plated pieces you’ll find. Gold plating is notorious for rubbing off quickly and tarnishing against your skin, leaving a green or black mark.
If you’re going to buy from Bryan Anthonys, we’d instead suggest looking at their “demi-fine” gold vermeil selection. Happy shopping!