I am a big fan of jewelry – especially when it comes to anything silver. So that’s why I’m totally loving Brighton right now. Their jewelry collection is huge and filled with feminine designs (like flowers and hearts) along with more sophisticated and elegant styles, perfect for work, playtime, and special occasions. And for purse lovers, they also offer a beautiful line of handbags that look lovely paired with their jewelry or just on their own.
Since I love so many of their items and own a ton of their stuff, I thought I would be the perfect person to write a review. So let’s get started . . .
(Quick Note: I’ll continue to post photos as I purchase more items)
Why you will love it . . .
Why you may not love it . . .
One of my favorite things about Brighton is their handbags. Like their jewelry, they are designed to be feminine and are absolutely stunning. I also love the fact they come in jewel-tone colors (aside from just brown and black) along with metallics (like gold and copper), two of my faves.
In addition to more classic handbag styles, Brighton also offers bolder prints with a “pop-culture” vibe to them in their Fashionista Collection. They also offer handbags in floral and nature-themed designs along with several styles made of nylon and patent leather. Personally, my favorite collection is their Barbados collection, examples of which can be seen throughout this post.
On the downside, their handbags can be pricey. Smaller styles start at $200 and quickly go up. However, if you purchase a bag and register it with them, you get free cleaning and conditioning services for life which is a nice touch.
Another nice thing about Brighton is that they offer several unique product lines that allow you to customize their jewelry. Like Pandora, they offer customizable charm bracelets with over 300 beads and charms to choose from. But that’s not all. They also offer several additional jewelry lines you can personalize which can be found below.
- With the Amulet Collection, you can select one or more amulets that can be added to different necklaces and bracelets. Their amulets are similar to charms but larger like a pendant.
- The Love Locket Collection allows you to upload a photo and have it placed in the circular or heart-shaped locket of your choosing.
- The Christo Collection allows you to design your own leather cuff bracelet by choosing both the bracelet and the leather insert.
- With the Color Clique line, you can decorate various nylon and leather corded bracelets with different jewelry pieces. They also have several jewelry pieces with interchangeable stones.
Note: Most of the bracelets in the lines above are too big for tiny wrists and don’t look right. So if I could give Brighton one suggestion, it would be to make smaller bracelet sizes.
If you really like Brighton but can’t afford it, eBay can be a great alternative. I’ve gotten amazing deals on there including a piece I really wanted but Brighton had retired. The only issue with eBay is that there’s always the risk of purchasing counterfeit goods. To help avoid this, only buy from highly rated sellers who offer returns and always inspect your items closely after receiving them.
Also, keep in mind that Brighton has at least two sales per year. As I mentioned earlier, they are in-store only so if you don’t have a boutique nearby, you might be out of luck. But it’s a great opportunity to score a great deal if you can get there.
Brighton also runs special promotions from time to time. For example, I got the tote shown above for free with one of my past purchases. They also run a great handbag trade-in event where you donate a gently used bag to them (for needy causes), and in return, get a discount on a new bag purchase. This is how I saved $50 on my gold-colored Barbados hobo (shown in one of the above photos).
As I mentioned earlier, Brighton’s jewelry is made with a double coating of lacquer. Like all plated jewelry, this makes it susceptible to chemicals, including hand sanitizer. This is especially true for rings that receive the most wear and tear being on your hands.
I haven’t had any issues with the coating wearing off any of my Brighton pieces. Nor have I had any of my pieces tarnish. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to hold off on wearing any plated rings, for now, just to be safe since I use hand sanitizer almost 10 times per day. This is true for all of my plated pieces, not just Brighton.
In regards to physical durability, Brighton’s pieces are pretty strong. Many of their pieces have thick chains and larger clasps which are not only stronger but easier to open and close. I also own a couple of their rings that are adjustable. Even though I’m constantly changing their size (so I can wear them on different fingers) they show no signs of breaking.
Gifts & Shipping
With Brighton’s huge jewelry selection, it’s easy to find something that a gift recipient would love. They probably have over 900 necklaces alone so there are lots to choose from. If you aren’t looking for jewelry, they also have an expansive accessory collection that includes items like handbags, wallets, and belts.
Standard shipping is only $5 or free if you spend a minimum amount. Returns are also free and the return period is 60 days. If you are shipping directly to the recipient, they offer complimentary gift wrap which actually looks really pretty. But even without the gift wrap, my last order came in a nice box and each jewelry item was placed in a cute drawstring pouch. So personally, I think they do a nice job with product packaging.
I think Brighton’s jewelry is beautiful and well-made, but some might be turned off by their prices and the feminine designs, especially the hearts. But I definitely think they are worth checking out, especially with their huge collection.
I also think their handbags are worth a look, especially with the beautiful colors they offer. A black handbag you can find anywhere, but finding one in the perfect shade of red or teal is much harder. Plus, they add really pretty details to their bags, like their signature tassel keychains or the hand-braided straps found in their Barbados Collection.
Any other Brighton fans here or questions? Please let me know in the comments!