Past Master Ring?

by Ben
(San Francisco)

I am a master mason that has a "past master ring" from my grandfather. Is it inappropriate for me to wear it as a tribute to my Masonic family history? I am the junior steward of my lodge and not a past master. I have not brought it up with my brothers because I wanted an outside opinion. What say you?

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Dec 12, 2018
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by: Bob

I am of two minds here - and keep in mind that this is my opinion only. Your jurisdiction might have formal policies.

It's great that you wish to honor your grandfather. That kind of family history is something to be proud of.

On the other hand, while my jurisdiction doesn't have such, a PM ring is presumably intended to denote a man who has sat in the East, somebody who 'paid his dues', so to speak. I myself would not wear it were it my grandfather's. Not right away, that is. On the other hand, it would have a very special place for me once I myself finished my time in the East, for all brethren can aspire to serve as WM. Then I would wear it with pride.

Dec 13, 2018
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Grandfather's Masonic Ring
by: Tim

Greetings Brother Ben,
and thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

I would agree with Bob on this one. Your grandfather's ring is certainly a precious keepsake. I wear my grandpa's ring, and it is one of my most prized possessions.

My suggestion in your case would be to keep the ring somewhere safe or carry it on your person if you like. But I would not display it until I had earned the right to wear it as a duly elected and installed Master of a Lodge. That's my two cents for what it's worth, but in the end, it's your decision, unless your Masonic jurisdiction has a formal policy regarding such matters.

Thanks again for visiting and please come again.

Fraternally,
Tim

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