The miniature Freemasons Medals of Harry Blaydon at the Museum of Freemasonry’s forthcoming exhibition in London of Masonic jewels, Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity, the UK’s first major exhibition of Masonic jewels. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
(by The Yorkshire Post, Wednesday 19 September 2018)
THEY were a sign of defiance in Prisoner of War camps, crudely made from bits of bone, scraps of food, and straw. Others were glittering works of art fit for a king. Now more than 150 stunning examples of masonic badges – referred to as jewels – are going on display together in London for the first time.
Now more than 150 stunning examples of masonic badges – referred to as jewels – are going on display together in London for the first time.
Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry sheds light on the long and celebrated tradition of masonic jewels. By wearing ‘jewels’ masons connect with one another and reveal something about themselves. Packed full of symbols and hidden meanings, each jewel has its own story. Museum curator Mark Dennis told the Yorkshire Post: “When Freemasons wear jewels, its about showing who they are and…