The Freemasons are one of the most famous organizations in the world. Freemasonry dates as far back as the 16th century by some accounts. Today, there are approximately six million freemasons, including around two million in the United States. The masons are an important fraternal group, and as such they have several traditions and symbols. One of those traditions is the Masonic ring. The ring has a significant meaning, and is an important symbol for all freemasons. The Masonic ring is called a signet ring. Many famous people have worn signet rings, including Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, and various kings and popes. Here is a guide to the Masonic ring and what it means.
There is one fundamental meaning of the Masonic ring. That meaning is that the ring is a symbol of authenticity. The ring not only serves a sign to the world that you are a member of the freemason society, but also shows your dedication. Like a wedding ring indicates a bond to your spouse, a freemason ring indicates a bond to the organization. The ring is circular, which is a symbol meaning ‘eternity of the circle.’ The ring is also a symbol that you not only have a bond with the group as a whole but also a bond with individual members. The ring indicated that you made a decision of your own free will to pledge an eternal bond to the freemason organization.
When you first get a freemason ring, there is usually nothing on it. Commonly, the square and compass emblem is engraved on to the ring. You could also choose to have the letter ‘G’ engraved. The ‘G’ symbolizes the acronym GAOTU, which stands for Great Architect of the Universe. Only a master mason wears a ring, and they should only wear one Masonic ring. The ring should be worn on the third finger on the right hand if worn properly. Freemason rings are commonly gold.
Other types of freemason rings have different symbols. The Knights Templar ring contains a symmetrical cross on it, usually placed on a shield. This symbolizes the ties that person has to the Knights Templar, who were important during the Crusades. The Scottish Rite ring typically has a triangle with the Hebrew letter ‘Yud’ inside of it. The phrase ‘Whom virtue unites, death will not separate’ is engraved on the inside. This ring is typically plain aside from that, but some may have more designs. The Shrine ring has a horizontal crescent with a sword on it. The rotation of the crescent and sword vary from ring to ring. Again, it is only acceptable to wear one Masonic ring. Other symbols that can be found on a Masonic ring include ones that indicate the lodge in which you belong. This varies from lodge to lodge.