Mark Master Mason's Jewel

This jewel is presented to every new Mark Master Mason who will wear it at all future Mark Lodge meetings

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Royal Ark Mariner and Mark Masons'Jewels

Masonic “Jewels” are not, as you might expect, Precious Stones like Diamonds and Rubies. They are in fact the small insignia worn by Freemasons as part of their Regalia. Sometimes referred to as medals, they are more properly known as ‘Jewels’, and are worn to indicate membership, denote rank or office, celebrate achievements and events, or promote charitable causes.

 

Many different Jewels have been produced during the documented history of Freemasonry, from the very elaborate to the plain, from simple materials to the most precious metals and real jewels, all having an interest to masonic buffs and other collectors.

Royal Ark Mariner Jewel

This jewel is presented to every newly advanced Royal Ark Mariner who will wear it at every Mark and Ram Lodge meeting

On promotion to Grand Rank the jewel colour changes to gold

Past Mark Master's Jewel

This jewel is presented to a Mark Master after he has completed a year as Master of his Lodge. He will only wear it in the Lodge in which it was presented. This jewel falls into the category of Lodge jewels.

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They are often worn to celebrate or denote a particular office or rank, to show support for a particular charity or appeal, to mark a special event or anniversary such as the recent tercentenary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England. They may indicate that the wearer is either a founder or a Past Master of a particular Lodge.

The jewels are worn either on the breast (pocket) of a jacket or appended to a collar. Masonic Jewels add a colourful and intriguing aspect to Masonic history as they have been around since at least 1727 when Masters and Wardens of Lodges were instructed by the United Grand Lodge of England to “Wear the Jewels of Masonry hanging on a white ribbon”

Designs have varied widely over the years with some spectacular examples featuring precious metals and real jewels. The standard of Craftsmanship displayed by silversmiths and jewellers was often exemplary.

Past Commander's Jewel

The Past Commander's Jewel is presented after he has completed a year as Commander of a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge. It may only be worn in the Lodge in which it was awarded.

It should be noted that the jewel displayed here is is that of a Past Commander who is also a Grand Officer as is gold (or gilt) and not silver.

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Royal Ark Mariner Centenary Jewel 

Mark Lodge 

Centenary Jewel 

Once a Lodge has existed for 50 years, the Lodge may issue a Jubilee jewel to members. After 100 years, a Centenary jewel may be issued. The design of these is approved by the Grand Lodge, with most following similar patterns.

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An Example of a RAM Member's Jewel with a coloured rainbow.

The gold signifies that the member would be a GL Officer

Some Mark Lodges present their members with a Token, a representation of payment for "work in the quarries".

The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons issues jewels for several reasons.

 

The first type of jewel is to mark an anniversary or other significant event like the appointment of a new Grand Master.

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This silver jewel worn on a collarette denotes Provincial or District Grand Rank 

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The Grand Lodge of Mark Master issues jewels for several reasons.

The second type of jewel is the Keystone jewel. This is issued to members of the order who contribute towards the maintenance and upkeep of the order’s headquarters in London.

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This gold jewel worn on a collarette denotes 

Grand Rank 

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It should be noted that the past commander's jewel and the triangles on the apron also change from silver to gold.

The third type of jewel is the Charity jewel.  The Mark Benevolent Fund is a significant charity and gives to a wide variety of causes throughout the world.  The fund’s principal source of income is the annual charity festivals run by provinces.

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The Grand Master and members of the  Royal Ark Mariners' Grand Council wear this jewel from a collarette

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Depending on the amount of money contributed towards the Fund of Benevolence, different jewels are issued. 

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The greater the contribution, the more ornate the jewel.

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