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Hard Times Weighing You Down?

When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down! Made in Rhode Island of lead-free pewter, this humorous and uplifting necklace is a tangible reminder that you can overcome anything that comes your way. Sterling silver chain made in India. Includes card explaining the origin of the phrase (see below). Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Uncommon Knowledge: The phrase "Illegitimi non carborundum" may look like Latin, but it doesn't exactly translate to "Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down."

Carborundum is actually the name of an extremely hard mineral (silicon carbide) used for grinding. Illegitimi suggests illegitimate, but it really has no meaning in Latin.

The phrase originated during World War II and is attributed to British army intelligence. It was later adopted by US Army general "Vinegar" Joe Stillwell as his war-time motto.

Also available as a keychain or paperweight!
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Item ID
18138
Made from
pewter, sterling silver chain
Measurements
chain: 30" L; pendant: 1.375 dia.

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"ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (0)

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (18)
  • Good quality (14)
  • Meaningful (12)
  • Good length (8)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (15)
  • Dress up or down (4)
  • Going out (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (10), Classic style (6), Practical (6), Modern (5), Career (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (8)

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5.0

My thoughts exactly!!

By 

from State College, PA

About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Meaningful
  • Unique
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

    This is interesting and unique!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    3.0

    Big Gear!

    By 

    from bay area

    About Me Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Too big

    Best Uses

    • Paperweight

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

    I clearly didn't read the description carefully enough, as I thought it would have the heft of a quarter and be about that big. This is very wide and solid, I like smaller/more delicate jewelry.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Cool but Heavy

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    from Buffalo, NY

    About Me Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Unique

    Cons

    • A bit heavy

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

    A very cool item. I bought it for my teen son for Christmas and we decided to put the gear on a leather string rather than the necklace to have it look a little more masculine. The gear is a little heavier than I would have imagined, but still very nice.

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    5.0

    meaningful reminder

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    from Corrales NM

    About Me Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Meaningful
    • Pretty
    • Unique
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

      Perfect gift for daughter who is going off to law school.

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      5.0

      Exactly As Shown

      By 

      from Lincoln City, OR

      About Me Career

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

        Having a little secret comment hanging close to your heart, makes any day bearable.

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        5.0

        Live it and love it

        By 

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Meaningful
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

          Fantastic necklace with a fantastic message!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Inspirational Gift

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          from Parsippany, NJ

          About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Meaningful
          • Pretty
          • Unique
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dress Up or Down
            • Everyday
            • Going Out
            • Office

            Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

            I gave it to a friend of mine who was in hard times regarding social situations. She cried. I don't think I could have received a better reaction. Great gift, really beautiful, the weight of the pewter around your neck is a wonderful way to remind you that its still there and to keep your chin up.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Strong Statement

            By 

            from Newport, RI

            About Me Career, Modern, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Length
            • Good Quality
            • Meaningful
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Dress Up or Down
            • Everyday
            • Going Out
            • Office

            Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

            LOVE this necklace - it's a strong statement. The gear is nice and large - it might be too much for the weak at heart! It is a bit heavy, but the perfect length - and the chain quality is beautiful and versatile. If you're a strong person and the kind of person that likes unique jewelry that says something about who you are - this is your necklace. Good price as well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Perfection

            By 

            from Detroit, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Meaningful
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dress Up or Down

              Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

              Helps me get through my days...when the grind is especially nasty

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Pick the keychain instead!

              By 

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me Modern

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

              • Lacks Luster

              Best Uses

                Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" NECKLACE:

                The pendant itself is exactly the same as the one sold as a keychain. But for $28 more, you get the tiniest, tackiest, thinnest necklace imaginable. Pay the [$] for the keychain and buy yourself the necklace of your own choosing. This was horribly disappointing and does not speak well for Uncommon Goods.

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                • Yes

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