Raised on the West Coast, Christine Rio is a rain-loving Vancouverite who always had a passion for art and design, but chose the corporate world for the first half of her life. After dabbling in other mediums, and with a life-long love of jewelry, she discovered her passion for metalworking. The ability to take a sheet of 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. She tends to forge her own path with techniques and collections, and follows her intrinsic sense of design to create artful jewelry rather than fashion accessories. Her collections are known for intricate details, whimsy and contrasts. Historically, jewelry has always been about identifying oneself, making a statement about who we are at our core. This is what Slate Jewelry is about – women choosing pieces that speak them and sharing those conversations.