Worn for a reason
A new exhibition, Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity, at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry will explore the role of jewels, how they are designed and made, and what they mean to members
Jewels have been worn by Freemasons since the earliest days of Grand Lodge, and for members they are part of their everyday masonic world. For non-masons, however, they are beautiful but mysterious objects.
Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity at the Library and Museum will feature some of the most beautiful and emotive jewels in the collection. It will also showcase overseas jewels that have not been seen for many years.
The exhibition will contextualise the masonic jewel, making the point that everyone has worn a badge that has meant something to them. Freemasonry is not an exception in wearing jewels, but it is one of the most significant organisations to do so.
Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity opens Thursday, 20 September 2018. Admission is free.