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What is a Freemason or Masonic Ring

Posted by Rikcie Arms on

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So where did the Mason Ring originate?
While it isn’t clear where the Free Masonry originated or how long it has been worn by Mason’s it is clear that it has been around for a very long time. We do know that as early as the 14th century Mason’s would use their ring as a seal. This was done by pouring hot wax on an official document, and as it cooled they would press their ring into the wax to leave what equate to their signature.
 
Can any Mason wear a ring?
While research overwhelmingly shows that most lodges permit any member of the order to wear a Masonic ring, we also found lodges that required that you be a master Mason to do so. As a rule, it is best to check with an individual lodge as traditions vary for each lodge.
 
What does the square and compass signify?
Again this varies from according to each lodges traditions but we have found some examples of what this can signify. The Duncan's Masonic Monitor of 1866 explains them as: "The square, to square our actions; The compasses, to circumscribe and keep us within bounds with all mankind".
What does the “g” stand for?
As before this also varies from lodge to lodge but we found two examples that seem to come up more often. The first is that it stands for “Grand Architect of the Universe” or basically the creator of all things.
The other is that it stands for God as god should be the center of all things that a Mason does.
 
The basics of what a Freemason rings signify seems to be a long time honored tradition of an order that has been around since the time of Ancient Egypt. Since each lodge and Grand lodge’s traditions and custom vary it varies for each member and generally for each lodge.
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2 comments


  • Hi Moseneke,

    While it appears there may have been some laws in certain states for a non mason to wear a Masonic ring, not only are they not enforced but there have been several supreme court rulings that would allow anyone to do so. The only time it would be illegal to do so would be if you are misrepresenting yourself for financial gain.

    Basically, if you want to wear one just as a fashion piece and you are not falsely representing yourself, you can do so.

    I can tell you it would be looked down upon by mason’s but it is your choice.

    Rickie Arms
    ThinkEngraved.com

    Rick Arms on

  • Hello

    My name is Moseneke Tsiane , I would like to know if anyone can wear a masonic ring even if they are not freemanson members ?

    Regards

    Tsiane m

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