Masonic Jewelry

The mystery of freemasonry dates back to the end of the 16th century. This secretive group has members in the millions to this day, all around the world. There are around 150,000 members in Ireland and Scotland, more than 250,000 members under the United Grand Lodge of England and as many as two million members in the U.S.

Grand Lodges are used to govern subordinate lodges in its jurisdiction. Some Grand Lodges recognize each other, some do not. There are also separate bodies related to main branches with their own administration. One of the hallmarks of freemasonry is that it utilizes the imagery of tools and utensils used by stone masons with the background of the construction of King Solomon’s Temple.

The practice of masonic ritual is shielded by secrecy but involves the images of a compass and a square, which have deeper meaning than one might think at first glance. These are images that you will see on masonic jewelry of all kinds. This type of jewelry is often worn with pride by freemasons who wish to display their membership status.

Masonic rings are very popular for gentlemen who want a piece of jewelry to reflect their freemason status. There are various styles of rings available. The three most popular types of precious metal these rings are made from are white gold, yellow gold and sterling silver. While gold and yellow gold are the same material. All gold is the traditional yellow color, however when certain metals are added it turns white. The purity of white and yellow gold is measured in karats.

Karat refers to the amount of pure gold in a piece of jewelry. A popular karat for masonic jewelry is 14k because it is durable and beautiful. 14 karat gold has 14 parts pure gold and 10 parts other metal. 14 karat white gold masonic jewelry is the same, only it has a silvery color because of the other metals added to it. Sterling silver masonic rings and other jewelry items are made with silver blended with another metal that must be at least 92.5 percent pure silver to be called sterling.

Masonic rings usually feature the square and compass on a background that may be a gemstone, precious metal or colored enamel. These rings are large and masculine, some are rather plain while others have adornments like diamonds. There are many other types of masonic jewelry available also. The famous Black Hills Gold company makes masonic rings that feature the unique tri-colored gold. There are also masonic pendants and even watches.

So whether you are a member of the Freemason society or there is a man in your life who is, masonic jewelry is a perfect gift. Because these pieces are substantial in size and weight, they often don’t come cheap. However it is better to invest in a high quality piece that may cost more than to waste money on a cheaper masonic jewelry piece that will tarnish or turn over time.

Masonic jewelry, like the Freemason society, is steeped in mystery and intrigue. The good news is there are many jewelers both online and off who carry this type of jewelry. Online shopping is recommended because you get the best selection and can easily compare stores and prices any time of the day or night. This is far more convenient than shopping in your local retail jewelry store. And these days, shopping on the Internet is just as safe and secure as shopping in person.

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