DevtaDoolan is able to distill the history of a thousand years of metalworking into each piece of his contemporary jewelry. In his words, “I want my work to be direct. It’s all about color. I use 22 karat gold that’s as rich and lush as the color of the stones. I want there to be minimal intervention on my part. The work is about the color provided by the gold and stones working in powerful harmony.”
Primarily self-taught, aside from brief studies with the Swiss goldsmith Max Frolich, he quickly developed a passion for the medium. Forty years later Devta’s work is known and admired world wide for its beauty, elegance and simplicity. He is influenced in his work by the primal beauty of his native New Zealand. Devta’s jewelry is not only deliberate and thoughtful in design but meticulous in its execution. He works primarily in 22K gold and gemstones, the matte-finished gold highlighting the deeply saturated colors of gemstones such as peridot, fire opal, moonstone and lustrous pearls. Interested in the transformative properties of jewelry and adornment, he creates each piece with the notion that it can change and affect the wearer for the better.