About Us

Rings & Things is a worldwide supplier of beads, jewelry findings, chain, wire, jewelry tools, and many more jewelry-making supplies.

THE MEANING OF RINGS & THINGS - OUR MISSION & VALUES

Service with a Smile

Our goal is to provide a counter-weight to the world of negative news cycles, internet trolls, and daily stresses. We strive to offer superior customer service, and also to provide that service with a friendly, helpful attitude that leaves you feeling good. 

OUR HISTORY

Rings & Things was founded by Russ Nobbs who started his jewelry career in the 1960's, selling handmade wire name pins and beaded wire earrings at state fairs including the 1964 World's Fair in NYC, and state fairs throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington. In 1972, Russ opened a tiny retail jewelry store in Spokane, Washington. The store grew to feature thousands of items including Navajo turquoise rings, hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry from around the world, beads, art glass, and more!

Over the years, the retail store expanded to include a 750-page mail-order print catalog that later became an online store featuring over 10,000 jewelry-making supplies. Russ passed the business on to his daughter and son in 2014 who continued to run the business for another eight years.

In 2023, the business was acquired by a group of individuals with a long history in the jewelry supply business. The new owners and their management team are honored to continue the Russ Nobbs’ family tradition of excellent customer service, quality jewelry-making supplies, and stewardship of the earth. Although the Spokane showroom has been closed, the new owners moved all products to a modern warehouse in Boise, Idaho, where orders are shipped faster than ever by a team of jewelry-supply fulfillment specialists using the latest technology.

EXPERT ADVICE

It doesn't matter whether you are starting out on your first jewelry project or whether you're a professional artist who's been honing your craft for years... sometimes, questions arise. Our staff knows how to use our products, so they can better help your fulfill your artistic dreams. 

ENVIRONMENTAL KINDNESS 

Our founder, Russ Nobbs, began working with jewelry in the 60's, and knew that the jewelry industry hasn't always been the friendliest industry to Mother Earth. As a result, Rings & Things does what it can to tread lightly on the planet. Efforts include an extensive recycling program, incentives for employees to use commute alternatives, the use of eco-friendly corn-starch packing peanuts (whenever possible), and downsizing our footprint to use less resources. Currently, we also donate a portion of our sales to the Pollinator Partnership, and Leaf, Tree and Earth-related jewelry-making supplies to Conservation International.

TECH SAVVY

As the internet progresses, so do we. Our goal is to achieve and maintain high standards in web design, site speed, and usability. We want you to feel secure and comfortable navigating our store and educational materials. Not only that, we want you to have fun. Admittedly, sometimes with technology and security upgrades, we lose a bit of the fun, but we're always striving to bring the fun back into our website and daily work, while keeping your data secure.

COMMUNITY CONSCIOUSNESS

We live each day not in isolation, but within the communities around us - both our local community, and the worldwide community. At the local level, Rings & Things has actively donated to food banks, community radio, and other grassroots efforts that improve the areas in which we live. In the worldwide community of crafts and jewelry makers, we donate products to a number of organizations and charities.

WORLDWIDE IMPACT

From our humble burgh in the Northwestern U.S.A., we have a global vision to share our spirit of superior service around the world. We've always offered reliable worldwide shipping, and we're ready to serve customers no matter where you live.