The Proper Way To Wear Masonic Jewelry
The Masonic tradition is one rich in heritage and time-honored rituals. There are rules that govern this organization. Members are expected to fully abide by these guidelines to the best of their abilities out of respect and consideration. With so much emphasis placed on doing things a right way, you may be wondering about the proper way to wear masonic jewelry. There is often some debate within the community about the correct way to wear masonic jewelry. This is partially because each lodge can set their own rules and standards. Often times, the preference of where to wear masonic jewelry is simply left open to interpretation. While there are necklaces for this tradition, the rings are often the center of the debate. Necklaces are a rather straightforward piece of jewelry with very little left open to interpretation. The rings, however, are the standard masonic accessory and sometimes lead to confusion. Keep in mind that standards and traditions are subject to change and variations exist within each separate lodge, but these are a few of the more basic "rules" for lack of better word.
- Unmarried men are free to wear their ring on their wedding finger or the third ring finger on the opposing hand.
- Married men wear their rings on their third ring finger on the opposing hand.
- The pinky finger is mostly acceptable for wearing your ring and it becomes even more acceptable the further up in the tradition you advance.
- The symbol of the compass should be worn facing towards you only if you are a newer member because it shows you are taking the pledge to the tradition seriously.
- A more advanced or master member can turn their compass legs to face away from their body since they are a symbol of your commitment to outwardly reflect the fraternity.
Masonic jewelry is to be worn with pride and honor. It is best to check with your worshipful master to make sure you are upholding the requirements of how to wear your ring, jewel or watch according to your specific lodge.