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By Bro. Mike Lawrence
I followed this meeting with several visits in quick succession and this only compounded that confusion and I therefore decided to research the subject of jewel wearing. I will not go into the origin of jewels nor shall I make any claim that the information collated in this article is all correct, but least to say I have made prudent enquires from the Book of Constitution, Grand Lodge Officers and Senior brethren of my Province and have arrived at these short guidelines.
I must make it quite clear to all that this is not the definitive article for jewel wearing and I would always advise brethren to seek further advice as to the appropriate wearing instructions for the jewel that they have purchased or have been presented.
So! Here we go:
Past Master Jewels are worn at Craft meetings only for the duration of the period before honours are received. This jewel should not be worn with Provincial, London Grand Rank or Stewards regalia.
Past Masters Jewel
Founder’s Jewels for Craft can be worn at Craft meetings; founder jewels for Royal Arch Chapters should only be worn at Chapter Convocations.
Craft and Chapter Founders Jewels
Permanent Grand Lodge Charity Jewels can be worn at Craft meetings.
Charity Jewels are valid for the year in which they were earned and can be worn at Craft meetings for that duration only. Charity jewels are not worn after the close of that event.
Festival Jewels unique to the Province which issued them, can be worn at Craft or Chapter meetings within that Province for the duration of that Festival.
Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle Membership Jewel can be worn at Craft meetings.
Lodge and Chapter Centenary and Bicentenary Jewels are worn by bona-fide members only and are considered permanent Jewels. The Chapter Centenary Jewel in not worn at Craft meetings.
Lodge and Chapter Centenary Jewels
Hall Stone Jewels are worn on a collaret by Masters of Hall Stone Lodges.
Hall Stone Jewell
Royal Arch Chapter Jewels which are presented to all Companions of this Order should be worn at Craft and Chapter meetings, closest to the heart. No other Jewel should be worn to the right or in front of this Jewel.
Companion, Excellent Companion and Grand Chapter Jewels
Royal Arch Past Zerubbabal Jewels are worn at Chapter meetings only.
Past Zerubbabal Jewel
Jewels struck to commemorate new Grand Lodges, etc., are generally only worn at Craft meetings within the designated boundaries of that area.
Other general points of guidance:
It is the common practice these days, because of spiralling costs, of having Past Masters or Past First Principal Jewels entrusted rather than given. You should therefore be especially mindful of returning these jewels once promotion has been received. In such cases it is the general practice of having your name engraved on the Jewel.
Jewels from any other Orders are not worn at Craft or Chapter meetings.
Jewels should never be worn on collars.
Maybe it might just be time for you to review the Jewels you might be wearing and make sure they are appropriate for the meeting you are attending. It is always better for us to make those decisions and saves the embarrassment of being told when we are wearing something we should not.