A signet is a ring on which there is a device or impression, common among the ancients as a symbol of authority and used oftentimes for making impressions on important documents. Such an impression from the signet of a ruler or king was the equivalent of a royal decree; the transfer of the signet-ring to another made him the representative of the king, and gave him the power of using the royal name. Signets were extensively used by the Hebrews. They were worn on the finger, generally the index finger of the right hand. In Masonry we have the "Signet of Zerubbabel," also called the "Signet of Truth," in the Royal Arch Degree. Zerubbabel, governor of Judea and builder of the Second Temple, was the symbol of the searcher after Truth, and such is the meaning of the signet in Freemasonry. It signifies that the person to whom it is given has attained certain degrees of truth, and assures him of advancement in his search. — ( Haggai 2:23 - Genesis 38:18 - Jeremiah 22:24 )

Biblical References

Haggai 2:23]

In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

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Genesis 38:18

And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

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Jeremiah 22:24

As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

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