Since the earliest days, Freemasons have been wearing lodge jewels. The first ones were to distinguish the lodge officers according to their functions: the Worshipful Master wears the square, the Secretary he two pins, and so on. This practice spread from England, where the practice was started, to the rest of the world and a great uniformity within the craft was achieved. In addition, to show the membership of a particular lodge, lodge jewels where introduced to the craft. In United Kingdom, however, this practice was limited to the founding members of a lodge in the beginning but is now open to all members.
In Europe, a strong tradition of lodge jewels was developed, whereby every member would receive at his raising to Master Mason the jewel of his lodge.
This is in limited practice in the United States; many Stated Grand Lodges give out a state jewel. Lodge jewels where designed and created with many materials, metals and styles to reflect the history and culture of where the lodge resides.
Also in the first few centuries of Freemasonry jewels where whore on ribbons, sashes, or bars and chains: some of the Masonic jewels of today still are wore on ribbons, sashes and other methods of the earlier years but many lodge jewels and other masonic jewels have developed into the modern day label pins.