Christine Rio came to jewelry-making later in life, after more than 20 years in the corporate world of numbers and deadlines. She had always needed to create, and while directed along an academic path in school, She had always found ways to express myself outside of work. Painting, writing, cooking – each satisfied her for a time, but never “stuck.” The random act of purchasing a craftstore earring kit led, within weeks, to signing up for that first simple craft show.
Now, 8 years later, Christine has come to where she is meant to be in the world of jewelry design. Metalwork is her passion. To take a blank piece of sheet metal and manipulate it into something no one has seen before. To create a piece of wearable art that is infused with history, with movement, with beauty – in all its imperfections. “I know the ‘rules’ in jewelry-making. I choose, for the most part, to not follow them. I follow my own path and create my own rules, my own fashion.”
Her current pieces continue on with a neutral colour palette. She works in smoky tones of brass, silver and copper. Christine likes pieces that transition from season to season, and hover outside the borders of current trends so that they remain relevant and are always on point. She wants to create artful jewelry that will stand the test of time. She is currently working with labradorite and druzies. She loves the blue or green flash of labradorite that reveals all its inner mysteries when the lighting is just right. And druzies add just the right amount of bling for her – a hint of crystal that catches the light. She plans continuing to infuse my work with pearls. Everyday is a good day to wear them.