My dad lost his Masonic Ring

by Sarah Wheeler
(Clarendon Hills, IL)

My father lost his ring a couple of years ago. Left it in the hotel while he and my mom were driving down to Florida for the winter. He called and - surprise - housekeeping didn’t have any sign of it. It is (was) tremendously important to him. Is there any way I can help get it replaced? He is 82 years old. His plot is in the Masonic section of our family cemetery, next to his father. I know that it would mean the world to him to somehow have a replacement. Can you give me any advice on how to go about this? I believe he joined the lodge in Ottawa, Illinois - probably around 1962-4. Thank you for any help you can offer!

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Nov 12, 2018
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by: Bob

First off, very sorry for the long delay. The owner of this site, Tim, has been having some serious family problems.

Getting him a new ring is easy enough. Most jewelers sell them and they are available on the net. Anyone can buy them.

Some lodges, perhaps, might give new members a special ring. If that is the case, you would have to contact his mother lodge in Ottawa. It's unlikely, but they could advise you.

Nov 12, 2018
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by: Anonymous

Thanks for your reply, Bob - yes is was quite a while ago. Sorry to hear about your moderator's hardship.

I was able to find a ring on eBay from a seller in the Boston area. It was identical to my dad's lost ring - with a larger diamond in the center. The price was extremely reasonable and it appraised for quite a bit more. The seller was excellent to work with.

I presented it to my dad and he was overwhelmed, brought to tears. He was especially sure that his father (also a Mason and long since deceased) was looking down and happy to see it on his finger again.

Sadly, during my search through many vintage jewelry dealers, I learned that in most cases Masonic rings are "junked", stripped of whatever jewels they may have and sold for scrap silver/gold/platinum. I'm very grateful that I was able to find this replacement and I know that it filled a whole in my father's sentimental heart.

Thank you for your follow-through to my inquiry. Peace to you!

Sarah Wheeler

Nov 12, 2018
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by: Tim

Thank you, Brother Bob. And, peace also to you, Sarah Wheeler. Thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

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