Masonic Signet Ring: Freemason Seal of Authenticity
Masonic rings are mysterious to a lot of people, and same is true for attaining Masonic degrees. Nevertheless, a true Masonic signet ring is a symbol of authenticity, and master masons wear it to remind them of their 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. Signet masonic rings were worn by popes, kings, Roman emperors, noblemen and high-ranking officials as a sign of power, importance and nobility. Masonic rings are binding, as true seal of brotherhood, 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 masonic rings, there are also rings such as eastern star rings, knights templar, shrine, past masters, Scottish rite, masonic military rings, and many more. When it becomes to the first creation of masonic signet ring, it was first created without any ornaments upon its face. Depending on the symbol the masonic ring wearer wants to imprint, an oversized flat and metal surface is either cut or incised accordingly. Depending on the jurisdiction of the wearer, a masonic ring is created with or without the letter “G” in the 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. An authentic masonic signet ring leaves a raised positive design upon the material it is pressed onto. 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 jewelry is available in wide range of metals, jewels, and karats, that come in simple or elaborate designs. There’s no right or wrong finger or hand on which you can wear your masonic ring, 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. Before, it took seven years to obtain a master mason degree. At present, within a few months, members can already obtain their entered apprentice, fellow craft and master mason degrees in the United States, and other countries after one year.