From macaroni necklaces to handcrafted friendship bracelets, many children use their own artistic abilities to create fun things to wear. Whether it’s the secret to completing an outfit, matching with your best friend, or reminding you of a loved one, one piece of jewelry can hold a number of personal meanings. As a fellow jewelry enthusiast myself, I love […]
From macaroni necklaces to handcrafted friendship bracelets, many children use their own artistic abilities to create fun things to wear. Whether it’s the secret to completing an outfit, matching with your best friend, or reminding you of a loved one, one piece of jewelry can hold a number of personal meanings.
As a fellow jewelry enthusiast myself, I love wearing different types of jewelry almost everyday. My favorites are the aquamarine, lapis, and sapphire beaded bracelets my grandma bought me on a trip we took to Mongolia together. I wear them daily to remind myself of the incredible and unforgettable experiences I shared with someone I love. This inspired me to find the meaning behind other students’ unique jewelry.
Maddie Mercer (’18) wears her Alex and Ani bracelets because they remind her to stay on her path and embrace every moment.
“Jewelry is the way I express myself,” she began. “Everything I wear on a daily basis has some kind of meaning to it.”
Maddie’s mom gave her these bracelets to act as a compass in her life and keep her on the right moral track. She cherishes this bracelet and the guidance it reminds her of as she looks to start a new chapter of her life in college. This piece of jewelry embodies the strong relationship with her mother that she holds so close to heart.
The other meaningful bracelet Maddie wears everyday was given to her by a family-friend, Susie Jones. In the week before Susie passed away, Maddie got confirmed in the Catholic Church. Susie was Maddie’s mom’s confirmation sponsor, and Susie’s daughter, Kate, was Maddie’s. The double mother-daughter duo decided to get matching bracelets to mark their new bond in faith.
“It’s kind of the last thing I have of Susie,” Maddie explained while looking at the jewel hanging off of the charm. “I wear these two [bracelets] together because these are the most important women in my life. I always have them with me.”
As a close friend, I’ve seen Jessie Yearwood (’18) wear necklaces before, but I never knew the story behind them. I decided to talk to her about the jewelry she has been wearing almost everyday for the past year. The necklaces she wears used to belong to her grandmother, and she carefully chose these pieces out of her jewelry box after she passed away.
“Although she’s gone, having something tangible helps to keep her close to me,” she says.
One of the necklaces is a chain with her grandma’s two class rings around it, alongside herold crucifix. The second necklace has a green stone and wooden flower piece. Jessie refers to these pieces of jewelry as a constant reminder to live in a way that would make her grandma proud. Jessie’s grandmother valued education and her class rings motivate the young senior to work hard and be successful.
“My grandma Betty means everything to me and I’m glad she’s always with me,” the senior says.
The suave American history expert Mr. Michael Hood is seen as a minimalist, but he explains his story behind the unique and simple wooden beads he wears to school.
“They arent the most comfortable in the world” he stated, “but the idea is every time you fiddle with it, you think of a spiritual connections”.
This sacred spiritual bracelet is called rudsharka beads that originates from India. He compares it praying on a Catholic Rosary and touching each individual bead. Hood stated that his passion for these beads stemmed from his interest and further research in meditation.
“Sometimes I’ll meditate while I walk and these beads act sort of as a constant reminder,” the history teacher said.
Whether you have a simple bracelet to commemorate a lost friend, a grandmother’s old charms, or a wooden reminder of your religion, the things you wear everyday can have a deeper meaning that far surpasses its metal surface. Whether you’re a man or woman, boy or girl, your creativity, love, and fashion be expressed through a personal piece of jewelry. Jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes. I highly encourage those we don’t wear any, to find something that might standout to you.
For those of you who cherish memories of loved ones or significant events of the past, don’t be afraid to express your true colors through a necklace, a ring, or another type of adornment. After all, it’s what that jewelry means to you that’s important, not how it looks or how much it costs.