Worn By Everyone From Presidents To Astronauts
Bailey Banks & Biddle is an American jewelry firm that formed in 1832 and quickly became a recognized leader in jewelry fashion. Of great interest to this firm was retaining the integrity of fine jewelry using attention to detail as a guiding force. Many Americans held in the public eye have worn jewelry made by Bailey Banks & Biddle.
The founding date of September 10th,1832 makes Bailey Banks & Biddle the Oldest Nationwide Jeweler in America. It all began when Joseph Trowbridge Bailey partnered with Andrew B. Kitchen to establish the Bailey & Kitchen Jewelry Company in Philadelphia.
Their partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in November 1846 - but the business continued when the brother of J.T. Bailey formed a new partnership with Jeremiah Robbins and James Gallagher under the name of Bailey & Company.
The Death of J.T. Bailey and BB&B's Expansion in the US Government and Military
After his father’s death, Joseph Trowbridge Bailey II entered the business as an apprentice and became company president in 1853. He partnered with Samuel Biddle of Robbins, Clark & Biddle and George Banks of J.E. Caldwell & Company to form the name - Bailey Banks & Biddle Company. From this foundation in 1894 to date, the partners have not been changed.
Early success for this brand came from selling and manufacturing medals, ribbons and honor awards for the US government and military. The Purple Heart, The Congressional Medal of Honor as well as class rings for West Point and Annapolis were all manufactured by the brand and engraved with custom testimonials.
In 2007, Bailey Banks & Biddle sold all of their stores to the Finlay Fine Jewelry Corporation for $200 million and merged the 17 subsidiaries and 35 jewelry stores in the southeastern United States.
A Designer Adored by Celebrities
Some of the brand’s specialties include diamonds, engagement rings, brooches, scarf pins, bracelets, earrings, buttons, pearl fasteners and collar buttons. Quality and longevity are certainties with every piece.