The Story of Devine Fine Jewellery......
Ted Devine was born in Ottawa, Ontario. His formative years were spent in the National Capital and upon completion of high school, continued his post-secondary education at Ottawa University, Carleton University, Queen's University and MacArthur College of Education.
He graduated these noble institutions with Bachelor's Degrees in English and Physical Education, and Honours Degree in English and Physical Education and a Type A Teaching Certificate. He pursued a High School teaching career for five years before deciding to take a sabbatical. During this time he, quite by chance, discovered the worlds of silver and gold, and the rest is history.
Ted has continued on this fascinating path for thirty odd years. Carol Devine was raised in Toronto and Ottawa. She attended Carleton University and Algonquin College from which she graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design.
In her senior year at Algonquin she met Ted and, they have worked together ever since! They have two sons – Jake and Sullivan. Tracey Cavanagh grew up in Ashton, Ontario and attended Algonquin College where she earned her Degree in Recreation-Leadership. While employed as Assistant Administrator for Ottawa's Jazz Festival in 1987, Devine was in need of a manager, and Tracey was able to bridge her loyalty to the Festival that year with her new position of Manager of Devine Fine Jewellery.
Tracey has continued in her role as Manager since then, much to the delight of Carol, Ted and countless clients. 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.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.
Jake 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.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 will be exhibiting their stunning one-of-a-kind jewellery at Artfest Toronto. Check them out!