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'master of my fate' necklace

by Kathy Bransfield $68.00
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"I Am the Captain of My Soul"

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." The words of William E. Henley are inscribed on a sterling silver pendant with a 22 kt gold-plated brass compass rose overlay to help you captain your own soul. Henley, one of the first British poets to write in free verse, penned the words in 1875 for his poem "Invictus." Handmade by Kathy Bransfield in California.

UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE: While in the hospital facing the amputation of his second foot (he had already lost one as a child), Henley befriended author Robert Louis Stevenson, and they collaborated on a few plays. Henley is actually the basis for Stevenson's famous character Long John Silver from the novel Treasure Island.

Artist card included.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
13420
Made from
22kt gold plated brass, 1.5 mm flush-set brown diamond
Measurements
Chain: 18" L, Pendant: 0.875" dia
  • the maker
Kathy Bransfield

Kathy Bransfield

Kathy Bransfield grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she spent her childhood climbing trees before starting an art career standing in front of the TV and painting alongside legendary television artist Bob Ross. After graduating from The School for Creative and Performing Arts, she began traveling and selling her own handcrafted jewelry.

She creates meaningful jewelry out of both gold and sterling silver, each a reflection of her complex character, revealing an organic sentiment and creating a modern day heirloom.

"For over 25 years, I have looked to beautiful and powerful words to strengthen me or heal me. And for even longer I have looked to nature to do the same. I think within the jewelry there is a lovely balance of the two merging into one.

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'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE
 
3.9

(based on 291 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Meaningful (132)
  • Good quality (127)
  • Unique (123)
  • Good length (107)
  • Pretty (61)

Cons

  • Lacks luster (28)
  • Too short (28)
  • Poor workmanship (27)
  • Too delicate (18)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (201)
  • Going out (34)
  • Dress up or down (32)
  • Office (29)
  • Formal occasions (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (111), Stylish (94), Comfort-oriented (83), Classic style (82), Modern (82)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (115), No (54)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (11), Child (10), Self (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (16), Birthday (7), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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4.0

Customer service less than good

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from Hebron ohio

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Pros

  • Meaningful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

      Preferred the necklace for 17 yr old and got a different necklace with a saying about being a mother. Couldnt give it as graduation gift but would overnight another one. It didn't show up until two days later. As a result I had to spend additional money elsewhere locally so she would have a graduation gift on the day she graduated.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

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      1.0

      Very disappointing

      By 

      from Los Angeles CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Workmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

          Very poor quality for the price. The lettering was very crudely done. Would not recommend this item.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

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          5.0

          Love it! Beautifully made :)

          By 

          from Houston, TX

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          Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

          Great product!

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          3.0

          Bought for a gift

          By 

          from FL

          About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Pros

          • Meaningful
          • Pretty
          • Unique

          Cons

          • Lacks Luster
          • Needs A Better Chain

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

          I bought this for a college graduation gift because the saying was so meaningful. Not the quality I would have expected for the price, so I was disappointed. The medallion was nice but the chain was really not the quality to go with it. However I will keep it for myself.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          4.0

          This is a nice item. Go ahead and buy it

          By 

          from Texas

          About Me Comfort-Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Meaningful

          Cons

          • Too Short

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

          Overall this is a nice medallion. When it arrived, I thought it was on the small side, but when it's hung around the neck, it is an appropriate size and is pleasing to look at. Other reviewers note the "child like" type set lettering, but I feel it adds a bit of charm. The outer medallion is a compass, made of brass and plated in 22 karat gold. Nice. The message medallion is sterling silver. Nice. The chain however, is way too short and is made of stainless steel. Not nice. I pitched the chain portion and went and bought a sterling silver, 18 inch necklace. It's too bad this item does not come with a better chain or the option to upgrade to one. I still, however, give it a positive review.

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          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          1.0

          Very disappointed, sent it back

          By 

          from Seattle, WA

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            Cons

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                Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

                The two pieces weren't assembled properly. According to the photos and what makes sense aesthetically, the "front" side of the compass piece with the N,S,E & W directions showing should be facing out for people to see and the silver piece with the saying should be behind that but mine was opposite and flipped and couldn't be fixed. Also the poem words which were the whole point of the gift, looked like they were written by a 1st grader due to not being straight and even. That "style" may have been intentional but it doesn't work - just makes this fairly expensive piece look cheap. I returned it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                5.0

                I will buy another one. It was PERFECT!

                By 

                from Indianapolis, in

                About Me Social Worker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Elegant
                • Good Length
                • Good Quality
                • Love The Mixed Metals
                • Meaningful
                • Pretty
                • Unique
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

                  This product was a perfect symbol for my friendship with my best childhood friend. It has a great deal of meaning for us both.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Other

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                  5.0

                  Great gift for daughter!

                  By 

                  from Annapolis, MD

                  About Me Classic, Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Length
                  • Good Quality
                  • Meaningful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday

                    Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

                    Love the message. Bought it for my 18-year old daughter for a birthday present.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Easy ordering and delivery process. Arrived quickly and in great condition.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful

                    By 

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Elegant
                    • Good Length
                    • Good Quality
                    • Meaningful
                    • Pretty
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Dress Up or Down
                      • Everyday

                      Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

                      I gave this as a graduation gift to a student of mine and she loved it. It is both meaningful and beautiful.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes, Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Other

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                      5.0

                      Recipent loves it

                      By 

                      from Baraboo WI

                      About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Elegant
                      • Good Length
                      • Good Quality
                      • Meaningful
                      • Unique

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday

                      Comments about 'MASTER OF MY FATE' NECKLACE:

                      Loved giving this to my daughter who is at a cross roads in her life. She wears it everyday

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Child
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Other

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