What this Project IS
The Lost Jewel project was created by an Ohio Master Mason in September 2017 as a resource for people to share Masonic regalia, archive historical pieces, and identify otherwise hard-to-identify jewels.
- To archive and document Masonic regalia and jewelry for the benefit of the Craft, and the families of brothers who seek to learn about the achievements of their loved ones.
Simply put, The Lost Jewel aims to be a place to learn about historical pieces, the history of the craft and its symbology, and the people who devoted time and energy to the creation of these tangible modes of recognition.
What this project is NOT
This project is not a place to relate or ascertain the value of any individual piece. References to the value or cost of a piece are not allowed. Quality description on material should be avoided in the description of a jewel: For example, "Material: gold" is vastly preferred over "Material: 14k gold".
This project is similarly not a place to share the secrets of Masonry. Descriptions of symbols should be made objectively, describing style and shape while explaining little about the meaning.
This project is also not a place to argue recognition or regularity. This site might host pieces from a jurisdiction your Grand Lodge does not recognize. As above, the description of these pieces is academic and objective and as such, Masonic pieces will not be excluded due to the regularity, or lack thereof, of their source.
The Lost Jewel would like to thank:
- Nova Caesarea Harmony Lodge No. 2, F&AM Ohio
- The Grand Lodge of Ohio
- Bro. Doug Kaylor, PGM
- Bro. Chad Simpson
- Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
- Ill. Dave Glattly, SGC
- Linda Patch
- The Master's Craft
- Toye, Kenning & Spencer