Which finger do you wear your ring on and why?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by JMartinez, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Benjamin Jay Willson

    Benjamin Jay Willson Registered User

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    It seems a little silly to wear the compass points inwards to remind your self your a freemason, or to remind yourself of your obligation (1, are you really that forgetful 2, no matter which way it is, if it reminds you of something it will remind you both ways) so if there was a correct way i believe it to be outwards or compass points away (1, as it is as effective at reminding you of what you seem to need reminding of no matter which way it points and as it is an outward display of your membership (it doesn't just become invisible to others because you face it towards yourself) then why not wear it in such a manner as to display it best to an onlooker and to provoke questions (if your not open to it why you wearing it) 2, as rings of such where originally seals of authenticity or signet rings, and as a general rule S&C on buildings need to be facing downwards then the only way to wear it properly and use it as a wax seal and make said seal face towards the bottom of the page, or downwards is to place the ring with compass points outwards, whilst you may not have a wax seal ring or ever intend to use it as such in the pursuit of answer as to the correct way to wear a masonic ring one can only draw upon symbolism, this symbolising the past when they where necessarily used as seals.
    Now as to the correct finger and hand, there are 2 options. Option 1 is simply to wear it on your right hand ring finger where class rings or fraternity rings should go. Option 2 the alternative is to wear it on your pinky finger on your non-dominant hand where signet rings should go which also keeps it out of the way.
    And lastly as to the style of ring, its a matter of choice. I have a flip ring, one side has my initialed monogram and the other a S&C on a blue background. I originally wore this ring on my right hand ring finger until i had the flip reverse side engraved and i wear it on my left hand (non-dominant) pinky.
    And lastly material, if you have the budget and nice elegant gold ring is perfect for special occasions but for everyday wear a sterling silver ring is more durable.

    So in essence i wear mine on my non-dominant (left for me) hand on the pinky as it is also a signet. I also do this to keep it out of the way. I would wear it left and right pinky or right ring finger and all would be appropriate. Mine is sterling silver. Also compass points outward as i believe this to be the correct method of wearing a masonic ring.

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  2. drmrboi927

    drmrboi927 Registered User

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    Well said


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  3. fmasonlog

    fmasonlog Registered User

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    I don't wear one yet since I'm a fellowcraft but did get a shirt from the lodge with Masonic symbol on it. I'd probably wear mine on right hand wedding band finger.

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  4. Warrior1256

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    Masonic ring on the ring finger of my right hand and Knights Templar ring on the middle finger of my left hand. No particular reason other than that those fingers were empty, lol.
     
  5. Aaronwall01837016

    Aaronwall01837016 Registered User

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    Right pinky finger
     

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  6. Brother_Steve

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    *I checked the Dat this time! *

    I close my eyes, grab the ring and put it on. Chance, design, whatever you choose to believe, decides which way everything points.
     
  7. K R - PM

    K R - PM Registered User

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    Simply question (obvious answer): Would you wear a Masonic Square & Compasses belt buckle upside-down to remind yourself that you are a Master Mason?
     
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  8. Bro-greg

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    I currently live in Columbia SC about 5 mins from Grand Lodge and to be honest I never heard anything like that
     
  9. Bloke

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    That's gold !
     
  10. MarkR

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    Thanks. I don't remember where I heard/read that in the first place. Probably Facebook. The ring discussion pops up all the time.
     
  11. K R - PM

    K R - PM Registered User

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    The Square & Compasses, which are placed on the Alter, are always facing away from the Worshipful Master in the East.
     
  12. jwardl

    jwardl Registered User

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    Right ring finger (symbolizing commitment), S&C toward me (reminding myself of my obligations, not others).
     
  13. Bro-greg

    Bro-greg Registered User

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    honestly speaking if one has to question which way should one wear the ring, don't wear it until one fully understand why was some metallic substance demand (no value).
     
  14. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    In your jurisdiction, but not all.
     
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  15. MarkR

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    How they are displayed on the altar really has nothing to do with how to wear a ring. Wear it however you like, but the placement on the altar has no more to do with how a ring is worn than it does with how a lapel pin is worn.
     
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  16. goomba

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    http://thesanctumsanctorum.blogspot.com/2009/04/points-well-made-by-bro-tom-accuosti.html


    I wear my ring on my left ring finger with the compass points facing towards my fingernail. The reason is simple: that is my ring finger that my wedding band doesn't occupy and that is the way the S&C is normally displayed on literally everything I've ever seen. For an example look at the top of this page. I have two rings. One that is ugly and beat up. This one belonged to my grandfather and it is my "nice" ring. I have a second made of stainless steel I purchased from JemsbyJem (http://store.jemsbyjem.com/). This is my daily wear ring.
     
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  17. Bloke

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    Thanks! I didn't realise that blog was still up :)
     
  18. LK600

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    I of course do not wear a Masonic ring yet, but when I achieve that right, it will be with the points facing down (towards my nail). Otherwise... it would be upside down every time I showed it or when people notice it.
     
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  19. Bro-greg

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    true i agree
     
  20. goomba

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    While it hasn't had a new post in years the current ones are still fantastic to read.
     
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