[ About Us ]
|The Ringworks Studio began in 1982 in Seattle. Our studio produces the work of Joseph Hall, who received his Master of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing from the University of Washington in 1980. Our design philosophy has been to make beautiful, wearable, and durable contemporary and fine art jewelry. We love using colored metals in our rings, which add a depth and complexity to the designs. The color can come from unusual, or rare metalsour Tantalum Inlay style rings, with tantalum's natural lavender gray color is an example, or from common metals like titanium or steel. We also work with 14-24 karat gold in over 20 colors: several yellows, whites, green, rose, pale pink, straw, blue, purple gold, and other colors. Platinum, with its cool white color, is another option.
In addition to colored metals, we also use natural colored diamonds (browns, yellows, yellow-green, pinks, etc.), and extraodinarily well cut, "conflict free" white diamonds ("Ideal cut"). Other exceptional gem stones are available. We support all efforts towards environmental responsibility (see "sustainble gold") and social equity of the jewelry trade, such as the newly formed industry group, Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices.
For more than 25 years the Studio was located in Madison Park, a lovely lakeside neighborhood of Seattle. In 2009, we moved New Mexico. We are currently located near the pueblo of Abiquiu, which is about an hour northwest of Santa Fe. We welcome visitors by appointmentfeel free to contact us for more information.
Teresa is one of the two founders of The Ringworks Studio. In addition to being the operating manager, and a designer for the studio, she is a fabric artist specializing in modern quilt design. She is also the founder of a group dealing with sustainability issues in contemporary housing design.
In l980, Joseph Hall, the other founder of The Ringworks Studio, published one of the first papers in the United States on the coloring and use of titanium and related metals (tantalum, niobium, hafnium, etc. the "refractory" metals) in jewelry. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree for the University of Washington. Joseph has been a distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and has taught and lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He also has degrees in science (BS), and urban planning (MS). Like Teresa, he has a deep interest in sustainable architecture.