Ed BridgeJoin us at the GEM Awards gala as we celebrate Ed Bridge and his contributions to the fine jewelry and watch industry throughout his career at Ben Bridge Jeweler. Lifetime Achievement honorees have enhanced the jewelry and watch industry's image and set a standard of excellence that inspires industry colleagues.
Ed Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler

Ed Bridge is the Chairman Emeritus of Ben Bridge Jeweler, Inc., a family managed retail jewelry business founded in Seattle in 1912.  Ed is receiving the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement for setting a standard of excellence that has inspired his company and industry colleagues.

Ed helmed Ben Bridge Jeweler with his cousin Jon as President & co-CEO from 1990-2017 and acted as Chairman & CEO from 2018-2019. In 2000, he guided the company through its acquisition by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, leading to greater growth and expansion for the Ben Bridge brand. The company now has over 90 stores throughout the Western United States and Canada. 

Ed has contributed to the excellence and ethics of the jewelry industry throughout his career. He has given back through service on several boards including: Jewelers for Children (Past Board Chair), Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Seattle Victims Fund (Past Board Chair) and the University of Washington TYEE Board of Advisors. During his time as Board Chair of Jewelers of America in 1999-2001, he helped the association advance responsible business practices related to the sourcing and sale of diamonds during its advocacy for the Clean Diamond Trade Act.

He was inducted into the National Jeweler “Retailer Hall of Fame” in 2003 and was awarded the American Gem Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, along with the Bridge family.

Ed and his wife Pam of 40 years have two children, Marc (and wife Julia) and Lisa (and husband Gilad).  Both Lisa and Marc are in the jewelry industry.  A native Washingtonian, he has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.