Necklace keeps Shay close to ‘Fire’ star’s heart

Rig buddies Shay (Lauren German. left) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) in season one. | Photo by Elizabeth Morris/NBC

We all saw Casey put a ring on Dawson’s finger earlier this season.

Some eagle-eyed “Chicago Fire” fans also noticed that Dawson was sporting another piece of new jewelry: a necklace.

A few of them asked me to find out more about the candidate’s latest accessory when I was on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios set of the NBC drama last fall.

“It’s Shay’s necklace,” Monica Raymund (Gabriela Dawson) said about the silver talisman that belonged to her former BFF and rig partner who was killed in the season premiere.

“She died and I wanted to take it; Shay is always here,” Raymund added, patting her heart.

In real life, Lauren German (Leslie Shay) is a big fan of Pyrrha jewelry. The company’s Vancouver-based designers modeled their handmade sterling silver and bronze talisman necklaces after old wax seals. Shay’s — now Dawson’s — features a sparrow with a sprig of leaves in her beak. The company’s website, which sells the necklace for $150, says the sparrow symbolizes creativity.

“Lauren wears Pyrrha all the time,” Raymund said. “She just incorporated it into her character. She never took it off. When she left the show, I took it.”

Dawson hasn’t referenced or mentioned the necklace on screen. Raymund hopes it stays that way.

“I like subtlety like that,” she said. “People who are really invested in the show will notice.”

German herself noticed it when the two friends caught up last year in Los Angeles.

“The first time she saw me with it,” Raymund said, “she just started crying.”

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