Maritime Supply Co

WHEN WE BUILD Quote - Distressed Brass Tag Necklace - Custom Initials

$34.20 $38

Create a custom necklace with your kids' initials, or the initials of other loved ones in your life.

Hand-crafted from start to finish, this stamped brass tag features our favorite part of a quote by John Ruskin, "When we build, let us think that we build forever." The full quote reads as follows:

"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, 'See! This our father did for us.'"

While Ruskin was referring to physical buildings and structures of stone and brick, we choose to apply his ideal to anything that can be built, whether it is building a playhouse for children with your hands, building relationships with our actions, or building our mental well-being with our thoughts and intentions. All of these things are passed on to future generations, whether they are tangible or not. And when they are crafted with consideration and care, they will be value and treasured for years to come.

Initials are hand-stamped at the end of the brass tag in a vertical alignment. 

Brass tag measurements are 1.5" tall by .85" wide, and 1mm thick.

If you are unsure about which chain length to order, please read our suggestions on the FAQ page.

Please note: All our brass pendants are raw brass, meaning they are not electroplated and will develop a beautiful patina over time. We recommend polishing it with a soft cloth to help keep your pendant's original shine if you prefer the bright metal look.

All custom-stamped coins come in our gold foil embossed gift boxes!

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept returns on custom items.


All of our customers are part of our crew, and we take care of our own. If you have any issues with your order, we will do everything we can to fix the problem.

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
Henry Ford

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