Ted Devine was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He pursued a High School teaching career for five years before deciding to take a sabbatical. While exploring his creative urges, he, quite by chance, discovered the worlds of silver and gold, and the rest is history. He has continued on this fascinating path for thirty odd years. Ted is, for the most part, self-taught (books, research, trial and error) but did have some formal training in Ottawa, Toronto and Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He began his professional career at craft shows on the Terraces of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and graduated to a variety of shop fronts in Ottawa’s Byward Market. These experiences evolved into our Shop at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Ottawa) where we have welcomed our clientele since 1982.
Carol Devine was raised in Toronto and Ottawa. Carol contributes to the designing process…..and fashions the pearl line we offer for sale, as well as taking the reins of the business side of the organization for Devine. They have two sons – Jake and Sullivan.
Jake Devine has been assisting in the workshop since he was old enough to hold the tools, and apprenticing and perfecting his own skills full time since 2009. Combined with a bit of shop keeping and web management, Jake continues to introduce new designs to the Devine collection.
Tracey Cavanagh excels in her role as Shop Keeper Extraordinaire... much to the delight of Carol, Ted and our countless clients. She also contributes her eclectic designs to the pearl collection and is responsible for photographing all our wonderful wares.
Devine is synonymous with distinctive, 'One Of A Kind' pieces of jewellery. Ted, Carol and their son, Jake, work in sterling silver, and various karats and colours of gold, usually incorporating precious and semi-precious stones. Ted is well known for his clean, uncluttered and functional designs … as well as his perfectly fashioned bezel settings. Unusual for their trade Ted, Carol and Jake do all their own work - designing, making by hand, stone setting, polishing and marketing. Carol's background is in interior design combined with her talent for drawing creates the perfect atmosphere to marry an artist's talent with customer's wishes for the numerous custom orders they create each year. Ted and Carol, along with their irreplaceable manager Tracey enjoy meeting and introducing all to the unique and wonderful Jewellery on display at Devine Fine Jewellery at the charming and historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa. Other venues to view their work include The One of a Kind Christmas and Spring Shows in Toronto, and The Originals Christmas Craft Show in Ottawa.
Devine Fine Jewellery welcomes the opportunity to create that special something for that someone special, whatever the occasion!