The true value of a piece of jewelry is what it means to the person who wears it. Rings may be the best example of this. When it comes to rings, we have to talk about Freemason rings. It’s capable enough to be an independent branch.
Masonic signet rings are popular among men because they have been a seal of distinction for centuries. Modern-day Freemasons wear their rings as a symbol of loyalty to their Mission and their Values.
Maybe you are like most people around the world, freemasonry is a complete mystery to you. A little bit of what you know about Freemasons is likely to come from movies, fictional books, and even rumors. Then you can’t miss this blog. Let me show you about Freemasons.
What is Freemasons?
Masons also known as Freemasons are members of one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the world. A member can recognize his fraternity by a masonic signet ring. Freemasons usually use authentic masonic rings as a seal to validate the genuineness of the owner. These rings are typically called signet rings and as the word denotes, it means it is a sign or signature to officially stamp important documents. This was of importance in the days of old, important documents were all sealed to show who the document originated from. With the advent of the printer around the year 1439 by Gutenberg, there became very little need to place one’s ring in wax to mark their seal on a document. So, for now, masonic rings are simply a sign that the wearer is a member of the oldest fraternity on earth.
Masonic rings not only showed that one was a member of the brotherhood they also dictated one’s status and position. One look at any masonic ring would show the member’s social standing, military distinction, or even a seal to let you know just how important the owner of the ring is. These seals or signets are almost like certification of the acts done by a member of the brotherhood. In the days of old, it was proof to the community the Freemason lived in that he was who and let them know the extent of his power. As such, if someone were to steal a freemason ring, they would face the horrible punishment of death.
In the beginning, masonic rings were only for royalty, noblemen and religious officials. With time passing, it became a signet ring for merchants and tradesmen. Unlike the masonic rings for royalty, which were elaborately decorated with precious metals, enamels, and gems, the rings for the merchants and tradesmen only had logos and mottoes cut into the face of them.
Famous Wearers of Mason rings
1. Pompeius Magnus
In history, the famous figures who have worn the Masonic Ring are the Roman politicians and military general genius Pompeius Magnus. He is famous for suppressing the rebellion launched by another famous historical figure, Spartacus.
Probably the most famous Roman leader, Caesar Augustus, also wore the masonic ring of the Communist Youth League. His name was Octavian, but the Roman Senate gave him the title Augustus. After a century of civil war, he brought peace to the Empire. He was also responsible for the infrastructure of Rome. Under his leadership, literature and art flourished.
And Nero, almost the opposite of Augustus. He was a brutal ruler who was thought to be behind the Roman fire. He also put the seal ring on his little finger.
Michelangelo is a very famous artist. In fact, the surface of his Masonic Ring is part of a famous painting.
Freemasonry rings are usually made of gold; it’s mainly because of the important role that gold plays in our history. But that doesn’t mean that Freemasonry rings only use gold material. People can get stamp rings in pure silver and other metals. Most of the signet rings that stonemasons wear have the letter G, a square, and a compass. People wore them on their third or fourth finger. Married men tend to wear it on their right hand, which is the opposite of the hand on which the wedding ring is worn.