Masonic Jewelry and Regalia
Masonic jewelry and regalia include rings, pins, aprons, watches, clips, hats, tools and other items containing Masonic symbols. They serve as a form of identification and affiliation with the Brotherhood. They are worn with pride to both official and unofficial events.
Regalia owned by Lodges
Most masonic regalia are owned by lodges. They include the following,
- Tiler's sword
- The Master gavel
- Funeral aprons
- Masonic Hoodwink
- The three Lesser Lights
- The Bible
- Velvet collars, chains and other jewel of office for officers
- Warden’s Columns
- Rods and Rod Tops
- Clothes for candidates
- Aprons for officers
The Masonic jewelry and regalia owned personally by members of the Brotherhood include the following:
- Masonic gloves
- Masonic shirts
- Masonic hats
- Masonic caps
- Masonic breast jewel
- Masonic jewelry (rings, watches, pins etc.)
- Masonic apron
- Past Master apron
What to do with generational Masonry Jewelry and Regalia
If you have inherited Masonic regalia or jewelry, you will do well to take care of them and treat them as special heirlooms. They should be treated with care and respect and should be not be handled carelessly. You can display them on your home or office. Then before you pass on, you gift them to other family members especially those that are Freemasons. You can also gift them to Masonic lodges
Gifting Masonic Regalia and Jewelry to Lodges
There are some Masonic lodges that display items owned by past members on the walls of their lodge. If you know the lodge that your family member was a member of, you can call or write them and ask them if they will like to keep the regalia or jewelry for display.
To search for a Masonic lodge in the United States, you can check the internet, and you will find them. You can also check telephone books and contact the lodged through that. They can be found in the White Pages under the name of the lodge, and they can also be found in the Yellow Pages under Fraternal Organizations and Associations.
To get the location of Masonic lodges in other countries, you can also use the internet. A faster way of finding the lodge is to look for lodges in your state of district first before checking others. You can also check the Holy Book or Masonic Bible of your family member, and you will likely find the information you seek there.
But if the lodge of your family member is not interested in keeping the regalia or jewelry, you can gift them to Grand Lodges in your state. They will love to keep the regalia or jewelry especially if they are older than 50 years. They can also display them in their Grand Lodge museum.
Masonic Jewelry that may be passed on include the following:
- Scottish Rite rings
- Eastern Star rings
- Shrine rings
- Knights Templar rings
- Gold Masonic rings
- Masonic watch fobs
- Masonic lapel pins
- Masonic watches
- Masonic cufflinks
- Masonic pendants
- Masonic pocket watches etc.
How to Sell Masonic Jewelry
If you have inherited a Masonic jewelry that you wish to sell, the following guide will help you sell them appropriately.
Have the jewelry examined
Visit a jeweler and have the Masonic jewelry examined. If the jewelry is gold or silver, you can check the inside of the ring to know if it is 10k, 14k, 24k gold etc.
Tell the jeweler to make you an offer
Ask the jeweler if they will be interested in purchasing the jewelry from you. You can also check Brick Masons to see the true value of the jewelry before selling it, so that you can get a good deal.
Sell them online
You could get a better bargain by selling the Freemason jewelry on sites like eBay and Craigslist. You can have various people bid for the jewelry and sell them for good prices.
Selling gold Masonic rings
Masonic rings that are made of pure gold are more valuable than those made from electroplated materials. If you have any of such ring, you will find jewelers that will be willing to buy them for the gold in them.
Selling silver Masonic rings
Silver Masonic rings are not as costly as gold Masonic rings. But they can also be sold for their silver content. You can sell them on sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Selling Past Master Jewelry
Past Master jewelry are usually difficult to sell at jewelry stores. This is because only a few people have been Past Masters and a fewer number will want to purchase such a ring. But you can put them up for sale on sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Should Inherited Masonic Regalia and Jewelry Be Worn by Non-Members?
A lot of people inherit Masonic regalia, and they wonder if they can wear them without being members of the brotherhood.
Traditionally, no one will pick a fight with you, but it is considered disrespectful if you wear a Masonic jewelry without being a member. Members will feel that you are wearing something without earning the right to do so. As a sign of respect and following proper etiquette, do not wear Masonic jewelry and regalia if you are not a Freemason.