Crystal Cabin Featured Artist: Dutes Dutheil

Meet Dutes Dutheil, goldsmith jeweler, mineral collector, and founder of Crystal Cabin from Tlell, Haida Gwaii.

Portrait of Dutes Dutheil. Copyright Tallulah. 

Portrait of Dutes Dutheil. Copyright Tallulah. 

Dutes is a self-taught jeweler, who started working professionally in jewelry-making in the 1980s. Dutes’ early works are in sterling silver. Today he works primarily in 14K gold and stone, also known as lapidary art. He has been collecting minerals and creating jewelry ever since he was a young child, even winning his first jewelry-making competition at age 12.

Originally from Versailles in France, Dutes made his way to Haida Gwaii in 1970, living on the wild west coast by Langara Island for several years.

In 1984, he moved to the small community of Tlell, where he opened Crystal Cabin, a local art gallery and jewelry shop, and built the Tlell Stone Circle, an outdoor exhibition showcasing Haida Gwaii’s geological history.

Working with the world’s most prestigious gemstones, his work combines the healing properties of stones with the magic of local minerals to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

In his jewelry, Dutes designs to best highlight and feature the stone’s natural beauty.  

His original pieces are highly sought after for their impeccable craftsmanship and unique style.

Dutes currently resides in Tlell, Haida Gwaii where he continues his craft of jewelry-making and lapidary art. 

Join us in visiting Dutes’ work, past and present, in this short photo series of pieces from the 1990s to today. To inquire about current pieces available or custom works, please contact us.

“Wild Woman” Amethyst Pendant with Carved Face, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.

“Wild Woman” Amethyst Pendant with Carved Face, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.

Carved Amethyst Face, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Carved Amethyst Face, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Blue Agate Face, with Hessonite Orange Garnet, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Blue Agate Face, with Hessonite Orange Garnet, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Carved Swan Agate Cameo, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Carved Swan Agate Cameo, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Ametrine Gemstone Pendant set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Ametrine Gemstone Pendant set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

“Wild Woman” Turquoise Carved Face set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

“Wild Woman” Turquoise Carved Face set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Square cut Garnet Ring, set in 14K Gold.  Inquire to custom order.  

Square cut Garnet Ring, set in 14K Gold.  Inquire to custom order.  

Carved Unicorn Agate Cameo, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Carved Unicorn Agate Cameo, set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Mexican Fire Opal Pendant set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

Mexican Fire Opal Pendant set in 14K Gold. Inquire to custom order.  

The following works are available for purchase at Crystal Cabin. 

Banded Island Mist Agate with Emerald and Pink and Blue Sapphires in 14K Gold. Available for purchase. 

Banded Island Mist Agate with Emerald and Pink and Blue Sapphires in 14K Gold. Available for purchase. 

Canadian Ammolite Pendant with Emerald, set in 14k Gold. Available for purchase. 

Canadian Ammolite Pendant with Emerald, set in 14k Gold. Available for purchase. 

Cobaltoan Drusy Quartz Pendant with Peridot Gemstone in 14K Gold. Available for purchase. 

Cobaltoan Drusy Quartz Pendant with Peridot Gemstone in 14K Gold. Available for purchase. 

Quartz Crystal Drusy Moon with White and Pink Sapphires in 14K Gold. Available for purchase. 

Quartz Crystal Drusy Moon with White and Pink Sapphires in 14K Gold. Available for purchase.