I grew up going to schools where jewelry was one of the worst things you could wear, aside from ripped jeans, of course. It wasn’t as though people were obviously judged for wearing it, but there was also this idea that if you wore jewelry then you weren’t as good as the people who didn’t. When I wasn’t at school I would wear necklaces sometimes, and I always liked them, but also didn’t feel the need to go against the dress code and sneak a bracelet here or a ring there. Once I graduated high school, however, I started wearing jewelry more often. I began to express my artistic and creative nature in a more physical, tangible way, and that has continued for the last year, and most likely will continue onward. I thought, for today, I would show you a little bit of the tangible sparkle that I keep with me all the time.
This ring was a gift from my mom at the end of the school year. I chose it to represent the end of A Wrinkle in Time, hence the moon and stars. On the inside there are two engraved dates: 03/21/2019 for the day I was officially cast as Meg, and 05/19/2019, which was the day I received an Irene Ryan Nomination. The 19th was also the day of the last performance, so the dates also represent the beginning and end of the journey. I really like the idea of commemorating every show I do with some kind of jewelry, and I really like that the dates are engraved on the inside of this one.
A little less than a year ago, before I started college and right before passing my permit test, I was dealing with a lot of anxiety. But because I’d passed my permit test, I was feeling more capable than usual. I heard about a girl who makes friendship bracelets and sends them all over the world. To get one, you write a message expressing what’s been going on and what you need help with. I wrote that I was anxious about starting college and moving away from home, and she made and sent over this bracelet. She wrote a note to go with it, and explained that this bracelet was made to represent peace. I’ve worn it almost everyday since, and whenever I look at it, I am reminded of a time when I was anxious and of the good things that have happened since. It is a reminder of peace, but also a reminder that I can do more than I think I can.
My mom’s last name is Schuetz (I’m going somewhere with this, don’t worry). I’m not sure who told me this, but a long time ago someone told me that, back in the day, the “Schuetzes” were the people who defended royalty with bows and arrows. I have no idea if this is actually true, but the German term "Schuetz” does translate to “protect” or “defend.” For a long time, I have known that when I eventually get my tattoo, it will be an arrow. Like I said earlier, when I graduated high school, I was terrified of leaving home. Right before my graduation, I had a breakdown and wound up crying on my mom’s bed, expressing how sad I was to leave, and how I was sure I was going to fail. My mom chose that moment to give me my graduation present- the arrow necklace. I started crying again (because of course I did), and since graduating there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t worn it. For me, it symbolizes how I always have my family’s support and protection with me, even when I go off on my own.
I got this necklace while in Vancouver, British Columbia for a couple hours over spring break. There were a lot of necklaces that looked really pretty, but this little one stood out to me because of the paper it was attached to. Behind the giraffe was the word “courage,” which was something I was in extra need of at the time. I had just been cast as Meg and I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I returned to school. I was scared of not being enough, and I was scared of what people would think. This giraffe stayed with me for all the rehearsals and all that went with them, and it has also been worn everyday since. It is still a reminder to be brave in the face of fear.
When I was little, I really wanted to get my ears pierced. Alas, earrings were the most abhorrent kind of jewelry at my school, so I knew I’d have to wait for a while. I remember once asking my dad if I could get my ears pierced when I was twelve, and he said yes. When I was eleven I brought it up, and he said I could do it when I turned sixteen. So I waited another five years and did it after my Sophomore year of high school. These little hoops are my favorite earrings right now, mostly because I grew up wanting earrings so I could wear ones just like these. They’re simple, and I often forget that they’re there. I love wearing earrings, and my favorites change all the time, but right now I am quite fond of these ones.
I really love wearing jewelry. It makes me happy, and they often serve as reminders for things I’m working on. For me, with the exception of earrings, the jewelry I choose to wear on a daily basis needs to have a deeper meaning behind it. I like it when the sparkle as significance, and right now mine definitely does.