Light in dark times
Golden brooch with masonic symbolism, around 1900 & later
Throughout the centuries, jewellery was not only decorative, but also meaningful. Romantic and friendly connections could be symbolised by jewellery just as much as political or religious affiliation. Even into the middle of the 20th century, jewellery catalogues quite naturally included rings with Masonic symbolism. The present brooch has an interesting history. Apparently the typical masonic symbol with compass and angle was created earlier than the other elements, already in the early 20th century. The old cut diamond in its Millegriffes setting of platinum was probably created at the same time. It stands here in place of the "G", which in the symbolism used by many lodges stands for "Geometry", but also for "God" or "Great/Grand Architect of the Universe". Since the goal of every Freemason is to seek the "Light" and the Truth, the diamond is also a figurative allusion to this. Presumably the flower motifs together with the frame were added to the compass and angle at the latest in the middle of the 20th century. In the symbolism of the Freemasons, the forget-me-not has two meanings: On the one hand, these blossoms were already handed out at log meetings in Germany from 1926 onwards, to remind the brothers of the importance of charity, as many people were in need at that time. On the other hand, a little later, under the National Socialist regime, Freemasonry was banned - instead, from 1934 onwards, the Brethren wore only forget-me-nots on their lapels to show their appreciation for each other. When the first Grand Lodge was reopened in 1947, the forget-me-not became the emblem of all those who had survived the dark times. It is therefore possible that the flowers were added to the relevant symbols of the compass and angle either in the last years of the Weimar Republic as a symbol of charity, or in the immediate post-war period as a sign of solidarity. The brooch is to be worn by a Masonic Master of the 3rd Degree (Scottish Rite) on the sash or apron. We thank Mr. Cristiano Franceschini of the Museum of Masonic Symbolism in Florence for his kind information.
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