Masonic Rings: The Seal of Authenticity
Masonic rings create a statement to the wearer, and many people find it mysterious, same as with attaining Masonic degrees. A master mason wears a masonic signet ring, a seal of authenticity, reminding him of his solemn promise, social obligation, and responsibility before men and the Great Architect of the Universe. Signet rings play a major role in many cultures throughout world’s history, especially religion and royalty. Roman emperors, popes, kings, noblemen, and high ranking officials as a sign of power, nobility and importance. Masonic rings are seal of authenticity as a master mason within the brotherhood, binding and derived from true beauty and strength.
The square and compasses define masonic ideologies, one triangle pointing upward into the heavens toward our Creator, and a triangle pointing downward toward the earth, where men and other creations live. Craftsmen create them in various designs, so there’s no correct standard design that belongs to any of these masonic rings. Aside from master mason rings, there are also rings for Scottish rite, past masters, knights templar, shrine, eastern star rings, masonic military rings, and much more. The first masonic ring was created without ornaments upon its face. An imprint of the symbol the wearer desires to display is cut or incised to its oversized flat metal surface. Masonic rings are made with or without the letter “G” in its center, with the symbolic masonic square and compasses. A the negative form is formed in order to create a positive image, such as pouring lead into a form for creating a fishing weight. A raised positive design defines a true masonic signet ring, wherein the material it is pressed onto using wax. When pressed onto a soft material, it is forced into the area of the masonic ring’s face that is incised, therefore creating the raised image design on the material being stamped.
Most modern masonic signet rings are flat-face or raised-face since people don’t need to place a seal on wax today. Modern masonic rings today may come in elaborate or simple designs, available in wide range of metals, jewels, and karats. There is no dedicated finger or hand appropriate for masonic rings, and usually most married men wear them on their opposite hand from which they wear their wedding rings, on their third finger or a little finger. In the past, particularly in the United States, obtaining a master mason degree takes about seven years. Today in the United States, just within few months, members can already receive their entered apprentice, fellow craft and master mason degrees, and other countries after a period one year.