The idea of a 32° Jewel was born during the 1998 centennial celebration of the Columbia, South Carolina, Scottish Rite Bodies. Ill. Bro. Thad D. Wilkins, 33°, Valley of Lake Worth, Florida, was there and pleased to see so many of the distinguished Brethren proudly displaying the 33° and KCCH Jewels they had obtained from his company, Wilkins Brothers Inc. For four decades, Ill. Bros. Thad and Fred B. Wilkins, 33°, Valley of Charleston, South Carolina, have been supplying Scottish Rite Temples with 14°, 32°, and 33° rings as well as Masonic Jewels and specially designed lapel pins, medallions, pyramids, and the like.
Why didn't Masters of the Royal Secret have a 32° Jewel to wear? The Statutes of the Supreme Council provide a description of such a Jewel, but no actual Jewel had ever been authorized, made, and distributed.
Thus, Ill. Bro. Thad proposed preparing a 32° Jewel for consideration. The prototype was subsequently approved by the Supreme Council's Ritual Committee, and now the 32°, KCCH, and 33° Jewels are available through Wilkins Brothers. (See the inside front cover of this issue for a color illustration of these Jewels.) Actual size of the jewels is 5 1/4" X 1 3/4". Prices are as follows: 32° and KCCH. Jewels in quantities of 100 or more, $25.00 ea.; 50-99, $27.50 ea.; 25-49, $29.50 ea.; 5-24, $32.50 ea.; 1-4, $34.50 ea. The 33° Jewel is $59.95 each, and there are no quantity discounts.
For individual accounts, prepayment is required. Please add $6.75 for S/H to your total order. No credit card charges or engraving orders can be accepted. Add state tax when applicable. Florida residents should include Florida State tax. Orders are shipped UPS. Bulk orders from Secretaries or SGIGs should be forwarded either by fax or letter. Contact information: Wilkins Brothers, Inc., 505 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach, FL 32963; Tel. 561-231-1488; Fax. 561-231-6453. Secretaries of the Valleys in the Southern Jurisdiction, USA, continue to look to Wilkins Brothers for prompt and effective service with next?day delivery and the convenience of a toll-free 800 number when ordering. No proceeds from sales benefit the Scottish Rite.