From About Freemasons
Masonic rings are a very popular form of accessory for Masons. There are custom Masonic rings and popularly manufactured pieces. These rings tend to be worn by Masons to indicate their affiliation with Freemasonry.
Masonic ring options
Not every mason wears a Masonic ring. However, those Masons who do choose to wear this accessory often have many options. Masonic rings range from simple men’s rings made from semi-precious materials to very elaborate custom rings made from precious stones and gold or platinum. Some rings have little more than the basic compass and square while others include elaborate symbols that indicate which Lodge a wearer belongs to and what degrees he has attained. Some Masons choose to wear antique rings that were once worn by another Mason.
You can send a hundred dollars on a simple Masonic ring or spend many thousands of dollars for a very elaborate accessory. In general, those Masons who have attained higher degrees choose to celebrate their affiliations with more elaborate rings, but this is not always the case.
How to choose your Masonic ring
If you have decided to buy a ring of your own, here are some questions you will want to keep in mind:
What is my style?
Even if you can afford an expensive ring with a wide gold band and a colored background made from precious or semi-precious stones, that does not mean that is the style that is right for you. Try on many styles so that you understand what appeals to you and what you would be comfortable wearing. You will be wearing your Masonic ring for many years to come and you may even choose to pass it down to your heirs, so select carefully. If you don’t love a ring, keep looking until you find a Masonic ring that looks wonderful to you.
What is my price range?
Where do I want to buy my ring?
Some retailers offer rings that have been made one at a time by Masons. Knowing that your Masonic ring was made by someone in the brotherhood adds an extra bit of importance and quality to your accessory.
What do I want my ring to share?
Do you want people to know what degrees you have to what Lodge you belong to? Are there specific symbols that mean a great deal to you in Freemasonry? Keep in mind that anyone can see your ring, so while you will want a ring that reflects you, you also want to make sure that you feel comfortable with what your rings reveals.
What metals do I like to wear?
Simpler Masonic rings are often made from steel or brass. However, some are made from gold, silver or even platinum. Take a look at your current accessories and select a metal for your ring that matches what you usually wear. If you usually wear silver cuff links and lapel pins, for example, a brass ring might look out of place.