As there is not a standard for the design or wearing of the ring, there is no specified order as to how a Mason should wear it and there is discussion even among the fraternities as to which is the correct way. The symbols of the square and compass are at the heart of this issue, and one of the most frequently debated aspects of a masonic ring. Some recommend the wearer display the ring with the compass points directed at himself to remind him of his obligation. Others suggest wearing them pointed outward is a symbol of his authenticity as a Mason.
Regardless of design, direction of the compass points, or the rite or degree displayed, the masonic ring signifies one main thing to the wearer or those who witness its bearing–the value of the wearer as a member of the fraternity and his significance in the community.