Maritime Supply Co

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



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
    • 1.5" tall by .85" wide
    • 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.

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Rebecca E.
United States United States

Happy With Item

Love this piece ... one of my favorites. I like the fact that it could be personalized with my initials. Makes it so meaningfule

Thomas J.
United States United States

Super Cool Dogtag!

Love it! Perfect quote considering my career in homebuilding. Excellent quality and quick turnaround / delivery time.

Nate H.
United States United States


All around great experience. Necklace is perfect. Great company as a business owner myself I appreciate all the little extras they include. Well done.

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