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How Long Has The Masonic Ring Been In Existence?
Freemasons have been wearing aprons, jewels and rings to identify with Freemasonry ever since the first Masonic lodges came into existence in England in the early 1700’s. When a man becomes a Mason, he must pass through three levels of Masonry starting with the Entered Apprentice, and then advancing to the Journeyman and then on to the Master Mason. Typically the early Masonic rings were made of gold or silver. Although I believe most Masons prefer a Masonic ring made of gold or silver, in the last 4 years or more, with gold pricing advancing so high and so fast it has made the gold Master Mason to expensive for many of our brothers to afford. Hence many less expensive alloys such as brass, copper, stainless steel and others have become very popular because they are relatively inexpensive. Although throughout history there have been some Entered Apprentice and Journeyman Masonic rings, they are rare to find. While some Masons begin w