"WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE"
"WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE"
Four chains are on a black sand background with text above each chain noting its type. Brass Diamond Cut: links are square-ish and interlocking at right angles. Brass Curb: links are more ovular and twist to interlock so the chain lies flat. Brass Ballchain: classic military-style dogtag chain; small brass balls connected by straight brass pins. Stainless Ballchain: the same style as brass ballchain, but in silver-colored stainless steel.
An athletic male-bodied model is pictured from neck to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains, labeled in order from shortest to longest. The 18 inch chain lands below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly halfway down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands closer to the bottom of their sternum.
A slender female-bodied model with shoulder-length purple and silver hair is pictured from chin to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains. The 18 inch chain lands several inches below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly two-thirds of the way down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands squarely at the bottom of their sternum.
"WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE"
"WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE"
Four chains are on a black sand background with text above each chain noting its type. Brass Diamond Cut: links are square-ish and interlocking at right angles. Brass Curb: links are more ovular and twist to interlock so the chain lies flat. Brass Ballchain: classic military-style dogtag chain; small brass balls connected by straight brass pins. Stainless Ballchain: the same style as brass ballchain, but in silver-colored stainless steel.
An athletic male-bodied model is pictured from neck to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains, labeled in order from shortest to longest. The 18 inch chain lands below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly halfway down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands closer to the bottom of their sternum.
A slender female-bodied model with shoulder-length purple and silver hair is pictured from chin to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains. The 18 inch chain lands several inches below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly two-thirds of the way down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands squarely at the bottom of their sternum.

"WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE"

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Hand-crafted from start to finish, this stamped coin features the Latin phrase DUM SPIRO SPERO, which means “While I breathe, I hope.”

DUM SPIRO SPERO is a constant reminder that while we still live, nothing is futile and that hope springs eternal. One of the earliest recordings of the sentiment of DUM SPIRO SPERO can be found in the work of the Greek poet Theocritus (circa 300 BCE). As Theocritus wrote (even if it wasn't in Latin): "While there is life, there is hope, and only the dead have none." Even in our darkest moments, we can remember that our state of life is in itself an act of defiance against the forces that would undo us. Fight on for as long as you draw breath, and never surrender to defeat.

This phrase is also the state motto of South Carolina, where our studio resides.

- Coin pendant is 1" in diameter.

Purchase this coin as a keychain instead of a necklace here.

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.

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DS
06/24/2022
Dave S.
United States

While I breathe, I hope

Maritime Supply Company consistently puts out a great product. Just about anything you buy from them could be considered heirloom worthy. Being a Sandlapper, I had to have this necklace with our state motto on it. Customer service is superb, if not the best I've ever dealt with. Do not hesitate to pull the trigger if you are on the fence on making a purchase from Maritime Supply Company.

JP
01/24/2022
Joseph P.
United States United States

Amazing necklace

It was the first piece of jewelry I’ve ever had and I love it. It keeps me motivated throughout the day and people compliment me on it all the time!

MH
10/10/2021
misty h.
United States United States

Respiratory therapist gift

Exactly as pictured, great quality. My husband is a respiratory therapist and the Covid pandemic has been tough on him. This phrase kept his motivation going on the hard days. Shipped quickly.

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