Archive for September, 2009


Everlon is here!

September 29, 2009
Everlon™ Diamond Love Knot Pendant in 14kt White Gold

Everlon™ Diamond Knot Pendant in 14K White Gold

This past week, the first pieces of the new Everlon diamond knot collection arrived in our stores.  I think they are simple and beautiful and perfectly symbolize the bond that ties us to our loved ones.

The design is based on the Hercules knot, an ancient symbol of strength. During the time of Alexander the Great, the Hercules knot was considered magical. It is the strongest knot that can be formed.

In our pieces, without the diamond at the center the knot would unravel.  These pieces express the beautiful idea that the only thing stronger than a diamond is love itself.

We have a number of variations on the theme, including pendants, rings, and bracelets.

Drop by a Ben Bridge store and try on a piece.

Take a picture of it and share it with us!



Gucci Watches Available at

September 27, 2009


We are excited to be able to offer a collection of Gucci Fine Timepieces on our website for the first time.

Many of the watches are for the stylish woman, but both the I-Gucci and the G-Chrono series include sharp pieces for men as well.

I particularly like the multi-function capabilities of the I-Gucci. It is very similar to the Tag Heuer Kirium F1 that was the first “real” watch I bought myself and I still wear on a regular basis (three times so far this week). I like the look of the Brown model with the Brown rubber GG strap, but I don’t think I am cool enough to wear it–black is probably more my speed!




United Way Day of Caring

September 25, 2009
BB Associates participate in United Way Day of Caring

BB associates Jessica Scott, Jim Kurdy, Nick Vermeer, and Jeff Grieff participate in United Way's Day of Caring at El Centro de la Raza

Ben Bridge associates participated in United Way’s Day of Caring at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.

They helped get ready for El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by making and unpacking decorations and making sugar skulls for the kids to decorate.

Thanks to everyone who participated for helping contribute to the vibrancy of our communities!



Meet Watchmaker Wayne Donnelly

September 16, 2009

Wayne DonnellyI have been an associate at Ben Bridge for nearly 25 years, with a hiatus in the mid-90’s when I went to school in Switzerland.

I was originally hired to work in the shipping department at the Ben Bridge corporate office. While in shipping, I took an interest in the watch repair department and began spending my lunches there, learning certain skills and discussing apprenticeship. One thing led to another, and through further education and apprenticing, I worked my way from an assistant watchmaker to full-time watchmaker through a series of Seattle–area stores and eventually to the flagship store downtown. In 1995 I was accepted to WOSTEP in Nuechatel, Switzerland, where I would finish my education in watchmaking and eventually return to the corporate office to our watch repair and service center.

Today I am a Certified Watchmaker and manager of the service center, as well as assistant to our head of service, Jeff Grieff. I am the self-proclaimed Charlie Munger of Ben Bridge watch repair. He’s number two to Mr. Warren Buffett and I’m number two to Jeff–not a bad place to be.

There are several things about watchmaking that I find rewarding. The biggest difference between working on a watch movement and doing some type of repair to my 1925 home is the level of precision and tolerance required. You not only need steady hands but an extreme level of patience. There are times when you can completely lose yourself in a particular task and fully lose sight of the scale that you’re working in. I have gotten into particular operations of repair where I became so intent on what was under magnification right under my nose, that I hadn’t noticed that it had gotten dark outside. But the reward of overcoming the intensity, problem solving, and scale of this profession can be great.

Modern day watchmaking combines antique and often hand crafted tools with state-of-the-art electronic testing equipment. Skills can be passed down for generations, or created in a spotless lab environment. Every time I’m sent for any new training, I come back eager and empowered, as well as grateful to meet new peers in this age-old and ever-interesting profession. I am still amazed on a regular basis when I see or learn of something that was crafted by a watchmaker well over 100 years ago, and try to imagine what it would take to do something like that today.

I am also a competitive age-group triathlete, and I race on a team. When I’m not swimming, biking, or running, my real passion is travel. I have filled up two passports with the stamps of over 30 countries, and am always looking to see the next furthest destination I can reach. I love to be a stranger in a strange land, and have been blissfully lost in many of the far corners of the globe.

I have a wife of 10 years and no children, but we do have a wonderful dog. We have a great home that we’ve made to feel like our ideal vacation, filling it with treasures we’ve collected from around the world. Our home has been shown in several different home and garden magazines.


Mary Todd-McGinnis on More to Love

September 16, 2009

If you missed More to Love last night, the full episode is available now online:

Luke visits Ben Bridge to pick a ring between 1:04:00 and 1:08:00.

I think Mary did a terrific job of matching the ring to Luke’s intended. (I won’t spoil the surprise if you haven’t seen the end yet!)

Did Luke pick the right woman? The right ring?



More to Love Season Finale Tonight

September 15, 2009

Watch FOX’s More to Love tonight as Luke picks a beautiful diamond ring with the help of Ben Bridge’s Mary Todd-McGinnis to present to the winner!

Mary has worked with the producers of More to Love in providing the diamond bands for the show’s ring ceremony and loaning “special event” jewelry for the show’s “Fantasy Date.”

More to Love airs at 9/8c on FOX.

Let us know what you think!



September 14, 2009

Good afternoon!

I am glad you found our blog. We are excited to be able to use this media to communicate fun things happening at Ben Bridge, get feedback on how we are doing, and share stories about fine jewelry experiences.

We look forward to this becoming a dynamic place to share our passion for fine jewelry and answer your questions!

With regards from Your Personal Jeweler,

Marc Bridge