SCARO’s story in a nutshell
There are moments that change our lives. One such moment was my discovery of the beetle, the coleopterous insect that took an un- likely place in my life. Even my business is no exception and is called SCARO, a combination of scarab and Caroline.
I was studying jewelry-making at the Pavillon technique in Quebec City when I spotted this extraordinary creature. On a beautiful sum- mer day, I saw a beetle walking calmly along the hot asphalt. Fas- cinated by its agility, I stopped the car that was about to run it over. I bent down to pick up this long-horned beetle, hid it in the palm of my hand and observed it for several minutes. Brown in texture with motifs, somewhat shiny, brave and strong. From then on, the jewelry I sculpted would be in the form of beetles. It is more than just a simple fascination; I grew to respect this mythical and mystical insect.
As a contemporary jeweler, the beetle is my alter ego. As an artist, I am sensitive to my surroundings and fragile at times. The beetle’s shell is mine and it protects me. The beetle’s shell does not prevent it from shining, from being proud and hardworking. Like the beetle, when I am confident, I break out of my shell and spread my wings. This is when I may seem a little clumsy and maybe even a bit loud, like the beetle who, while flying, notices the buzzing sound of his wings beating against his shell. But he keeps going and manages to reach his target. That’s the image of a beetle flying free!
Since 1998, the beetle has followed me everywhere…I have even tattooed it on my skin! Every day I sculpt, shape and polish them and insert precious stones. Each day I wear it proudly as one of my creations. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.