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This article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale of Masonic Rings, Freemason Rings, Masonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry. Fox Jewelry offers the largest selection of Masonic Rings and other Masonic Jewelry anywhere.
In York Rite Masonry, the keystone is one of its more significant symbols. It is the wedge shaped stone at the top of the apex of the mason’s archway lending support to the arch itself. Without the keystone, the archway would crumble. Although the archway itself cannot exist without the keystone, the keystone experience less stress that any other part of the archway as it typically marks the center or apex of the archway. The keystone allows the builders to incorporate other structures such as doorways and windows into the building without jeopardizing the strength of the building. In completing the arch, the keystone is placed last, symbolically creating the arch created by the pillars of Boaz and Joachim. Its significance is known as the “emblem of completion”. In astrology the keystone represents the summer solstice as the sun enters the sign of Cancer at the highest point in the northern sky. In Masonry, Hiram is known to be the founder of the keystone. The letters that are inscribed on the keystone are indicative of the coded phrase to mean “Hiram the Widows Son Sent to King Solomon”
It is quite common to find the emblem of the Keystone on a Knights Templar Ring as shown in the picture above.
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