Scottish Rite Jewelry are worn by members of the Scottish Rite which is an appendant Freemason body. The jewelry display the Scottish Rite logo which consists of a Double Eagle. Some of the jewelry show the degree of the wearer. For example, a Scottish Rite jewelry that has the number 33 on it indicates that the wearer has attained the 33rd degree. This is a rare privilege, and only a few people can attain this degree.
Scottish Rite jewelry also display the Scottish Rite motto which is ‘In Hoc Signo Vinces’. It is a Greek sentence meaning ‘By this sign thou shalt conquer.’ This is not an exact literal translation of the original Greek meaning of the words.
Initially, it was thought that Constantine created the motto, but this has since been claimed wrong by Freemason historian, Dr. Albert Mackey. Dr. Mackey explained that Freemasons used a beauseant, a simple banner on a pole. The banner was colored white and black. According to Dr. Mackey, members of the Scottish Rite did not use the Cross of Constantine or the Passion Cross traditionally. Even the motto was not used on their banner at that time.
To join the Scottish Rite, a member must first become a Master Mason. He does this by becoming an Entered Apprentice first, then attaining his Fellowcraft degree. After this, he then attains the Master Mason degree. When he has become a Master Mason, he can now join the Scottish Rite.
Some Scottish Rite jewelry contain some other Masonic symbols. Some could contain the acronym HTWSSTKS which means Hiram, The Widow's Son, Sent To King Solomon. This refers to Hiram Abiff, a Master Craftsman in the bible. Some other Scottish Rite jewelry contain the acronym INRI which stands for the Latin phrase, IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM. This means ‘Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.’
Some Scottish Rite jewelry contain an upward facing triangle while some contain a downward facing triangle. The upward facing triangle points towards God, the Supreme Creator. The downwards facing triangle points towards Man. The two triangles area representation of the relationship of Man with God and the relationship of God with Man. This is a basic principle of Freemasonry.
Scottish Rite jewelry are valuable and can be passed down from one generation to another. You can find a collection of Scottish Rite jewelry on Brick Masons.