I love antique markets and timeless vintage pieces. The other day I came across some Masonic balls and was amazed at the intricate geometric designs and craftsmanship of this traditional Masonic jewelry.
In its closed position, this fascinating pendant assumes the form of a ball, which, once the safety clips are opened, by an ingenious arrangement of hinges, which are imperceptible from the exterior, opens to reveal an astonishing three-dimensional Cross, comprising a series of Pyramids, each one hand-engraved with mysterious Masonic symbols.
They have become very sought-after and their collectability has made them expensive to acquire. Many of the early pieces were English-made and new reproductions are currently available.
Watch for radical price differences as well ... an early 1900s Ball (FOB) will cost $1,500+ and a newly made reproduction around $300+.