My grandfather gave me a ring in a resin pyramid. What is it?
So, I recently got a ring encased in what looks like a clear resin pyramid from my grandfather. The ring is gold and has a triangle with a sort of squiggly line inside of it. The ring has some sort of text on the inside of it but I can't see what it says. And apparently my grandfather was a Free Mason so I think that may have something to do with it. Does anyone have any clue why the ring is in the pyramid and/or what the text on the inside of the ring says?
- s0mewherenyLv 77 years agoFavourite answer
Well based on your description it sounds like the ring given to all Scottish Rite members at the 14th degree of that rite.
The clear acrylic pyramid encases a Scottish Rite 14th Degree Ring with the Hebrew letter 'Yod' the initial letter of the word Jehovah, the 'Tetragrammaton', and hence was peculiarly sacred among the Talmudists.
In Symbolic Freemasonry, the yod has been replaced by the Letter "G". The Yod is enclosed within an equilateral triangle which is emblematic of the three essential attributes of Deity—omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. Thus we have both alphabetical and geometric allusions to Deity. While the ring with the double-headed eagle is often worn by the 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret, the official ring of the Scottish Rite Mason is the ring of the 14th degree. It may be worn by brethren of both the 14th and 32nd Degrees. The ring is a plain band of gold, about 5/16 of an inch wide.
The circular shape of the ring symbolizes unending commitment and loyalty, just as it does in marriage. Traditionally the inside of the ring bears the inscription:
"virtus junxit mors non separabit", which translates from the Latin to English as; "Whom virtue unites, death will not separate"
What you must know is that, yes it seems your Grandfather was a Freemason, becasue all Scottish Rite members are required to be Freemasons in order to join the Scottish Rite. But The Scottish Rite is not Freemasonry, it's and appendant body of Freemasonry.
You can learn more here: http://scottishrite.org/
and here: http://www.askafreemason.org/
and just to pre-empt the loonies that may come and post here: http://www.masonicinfo.com/Source(s): I am a Freemason
- The BricklayerLv 77 years ago
If you could post a photo? we may be able to tell you.
I am a Freemason