Masonic Rings

Masonic rings and attaining Masonic degrees are somewhat mysterious to many people.

Masonic rings make a statement about the person who wears one.

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Men who seek non-university degrees and who may refuse to wear any other jewelry, (sometimes even their wedding ring), may seem strange to non-Masons.

  • Q: Why do Master Masons wear these rings?
  • A: To be forever bound to your obligation, which is your solemn promise, made of your own free will, before the Great Architect of the Universe, as well as your family, friends and brothers signifying your true and heartfelt desire to be forever bound in unity with the fraternity.

            What is it about this circlet around a Freemason's finger that
            provides such an emotional feeling of wholeness, of stability, and
            inner completeness which each man craves in his very soul?

            The Eternity of the Circle: Marriage, too, is the heartfelt
            promise before the Great Architect to be forever bound in unity
            with another.  Marriage is a legal and emotional bond which ties 2
            people together before their family, friends and our Creator,...but
            it is only in the act of the promise that true marital unity begins.

            Therefore, within Freemasonry, the only thing that sets a
            Freemason apart from other men is his heartfelt desire, his
            promise,...his oath...his obligation,...his word... which bonds him
            to the fraternity...because he is, technically, free to leave the
            fraternity at any time he so chooses.

            As our Creator has bestowed Free Will upon each of us, so, too,
            does the fraternity.

            Cable Tow: Masonic rings are a visual sign to the world (no
            Masonic secret, here)...of the Cable Tow binding you to the
            brotherhood and the brotherhood to you.  It is the newly found
            desire, ... the intense inner and intrinsic need of every man to be
            a part of a group of others who hold similar beliefs and purposes. 

            Seal of Authenticity: Your Masonic ring is an outward sign of
            your authenticity as a Master Mason within the brotherhood.

            The Promise: Therefore, as you can see, it is only in the act of
            the “promise” before the Creator from which brotherhood derives
            its true strength and beauty.

  • Q: When did men begin wearing a Freemason ring?
  • A: No one knows, exactly, but they are not of new origin.
  • Q: How should I wear my Masonic ring?...with the points of the legs of the Compasses facing toward me or with the points of the legs facing away from me?...which is correct?
  • A: This question is, apparently, one of the most frequently requested items of information that is asked of M.S.A.N.A.& Masonic Service Association of North America). Their response is that it may be worn either way. ..the 2 points of the compasses may point to the brother to remind him of his obligation or the 2 points of the compasses may point toward others to show an outward sign of the wearer's authenticity as a Master Mason.

    Respectfully, I disagree. If you have not read the information on my page, Freemason Masonic Signet ring, please feel free to do so. After you are aware of additional historical facts, you may decide, yourself, on how best to display your ring. 
  • Q: Why are most (not all) of these rings, gold?
  • A: The short answer is that it is because of the high value and esteem with which gold has enjoyed across the millenniums (thousands of years). For a more complete answer, you may find more information on the Masonic Rings - Gold page.
  • Q: Which symbol is most commonly found upon the face of a Masonic Lodge ring?
  • A: The Square and Compasses.
  • Q: Why?
  • A: The symbols of the square and compasses denote several Masonic ideologies, but historically... somewhat analogous (like) to Boaz and Jachin, they symbolize 2 triangles, one pointing upward into the Heavens toward our Creator, and one pointing downward toward Earth ...and to man, our Creator's creation.
  • Q: Are there other types of Masonic rings in addition to Masonic lodge (Master Mason) rings?
  • A: Yes. There is no absolutely correct standard face which belongs to any of these rings, as craftsmen create them in many different styles.

    In addition to Master Mason rings, there are rings for Past Masters, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Knights Templar, Masonic Military Rings and Eastern Star Rings, etc. sells a wide variety of Masonic items. If you are looking for a ring, or other Masonic jewelry, Brother David Mondrus' offers a wide selection of Masonic jewelry.

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