Masonic Jewelry is worn by members of the craft to exemplify the feelings of universal brotherhood which Freemasonry both teaches and embraces across the world.
Many new members of the fraternity see other brothers wearing Masonic jewelry such as Masonic recognition pins, Masonic rings, Masonic cufflinks, a Masonic pocket watch and other variations of Freemason jewelry and wonder what the different Masonic symbols on it, mean.
Q: Is there any requirement to
wear Freemason jewelry within the craft?
A: No. There is
Q: Do Lodges provide
jewelry to their members?
A: No. As a rule, each brother chooses and purchases his own
according to his own taste and his budget. Some lodges, however, do order custom lapel pins
with their lodge name and number on them for their members.
Q: Why do Freemasons wear Masonic craft-related jewelry?
A: The reason is because they not
only enjoy the camaraderie of being part of the fraternity, but are proud of its long history, honorable reputation and charitable causes.
Each appendant body within Freemasonry has
their own symbolic jewelry representing their specific affiliation.
CRAFT LODGE / BLUE LODGE JEWELRY
Within craft lodge Freemasonry, there are 3 degrees,
Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
Once a man becomes a Master Mason, he may choose to purchase a
Master Mason ring from a reputable jeweler.
Craft lodge jewelry often displays the square
and compasses symbol, however Masonic lapel pins display a vast array of Masonic
symbols, such as the Masonic trowel, Euclid's 47th Proposition pin, officer pins
with their officer jewels upon them, the Masonic apron and many, many others.
PAST MASTER JEWELRY
Most (not all) Past Masters wear Past Master
pins, and/or Past Master rings signifying their having held the rank of
Worshipful Master of their lodge. Past Master jewelry is
always in high demand and nice, vintage or antique pieces, especially those made with
10 karat gold or higher, sell quickly.
APPENDANT BODIES JEWELRY
Members of Freemasonry's many appendant bodies such as
Scottish Rite, York Rite, DeMolay, Shrine and others proudly display their
affiliations by wearing Masonic lapel pins, Masonic watches, rings, pendants and
which signify the degrees they have passed and the ranks and titles they have
attained within the
After becoming a Master Mason, some Freemasons choose to join the Scottish Rite,
one of the appendant bodies. After passing the 32nd degree of
the Scottish Rite, (Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry), members typically wear Scottish Rite rings which display the double-headed eagle and/or Yod.
York Rite/Knights Templar:
After becoming a Master Mason, some Freemasons choose to join the York Rite, one
of the appendant bodies. Upon
becoming a Knights Templar, members may wear Knights Templar rings. In
some countries, Knights Templar is part of the York Rite. In others, it is
a separate order which stands on its own.
DeMolay: Members of
the Order of DeMolay, is a Masonic youth group for
boys between the ages of 12 and 21, which was founded in 1919 in Kansas City,
Missouri by Frank S. Land, a Freemason. Members of DeMolay wear DeMolay pins and other DeMolay jewelry.
Rainbow Girls: The International
Order of the Rainbow for Girls, founded in 1922 as a Masonic youth
group for girls between the ages of 11 and 21, wear Rainbow Girls pins, pendants and earrings.
The Order of the Eastern Star, O.E.S.,
was created by Dr. Rob Morris, a Boston lawyer, in 1850. In 1866,
Dr. Morris turned the work over to Robert Macoy, who went on to establish its chapters and ritual.
members are both men and women who have a Master Mason within their immediate
They wear Eastern Star jewelry such as earrings, pendants and Eastern Star rings or lapel or breast pins representing the title they have attained (past or
present) within the O.E.S. organization.
Shrine Jewelry: The Ancient Order
of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, commonly called Shriners, was established in
1870 in the United States by Dr. Walter M. Fleming, M.D. and William J.
Florence. Shriners wear fez pins, shriner rings and
Since in most jurisdictions it is a requirement
of membership within Shrine that the man first be a Master Mason, it is also
quite common to see a Shriner with a Shrine ring on one hand and his Master Mason ring on the other.
"A.A.O.N.M.S. stands for The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. A.A.O.N.M.S. is an anagram for "A MASON".
The Shrine is a uniquely American organization. To Freemasons in other
parts of the world, Shrine membership is not available.
The "Shrine Temple", the building in which
Shriners meet, is dedicated to deity. Members of the Shrine are called
"Nobles". Their wives are called "Ladies", e.g.: Noble John Jones
and his Lady Samantha.
Shriners are the social "arm" within
Freemasonry. This organization hosts balls, golf tournaments, ice cream
socials and other events. Nobles wear fezzes and you will often see them
in parades or volunteering for the many charitable causes both local and
national that the Shrine supports.
Shriners are well known for their tireless charitable support of burn victims. They fully fund and support several burn hospitals for children where burn patients under the age of 18 are treated at no charge.
There are many more appendant bodies within Freemasonry than are listed above. Each have their own symbolic emblems upon their Masonic jewelry.
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Past Master Watches
Eastern Star Watch
Entered Apprentice Ring