Anyone who knows just a little bit about Suffragette jewelry will tell you that there is a lot of debate as to wether or not it even existed outside of a few rare examples. I'm not here to argue the point, if you'd like I'd be happy to send you many links supporting both sides. The truth of it, as far as I can tell, is that 'The Women's Social and Political Union' in England was a group of courageous and strong women who stood up as one and demanded to be counted. The colors of the flags they waved and the buttons they wore were purple to symbolize the instinctual need in all of us for freedom and dignity, white to symbolize purity, and green, symbolic of hope and the color of Spring and new life.
Of course any large social and political movement has an inevitable effect on fashion and so these colors did become quite fashionable at the time and many an Edwardian lady could be found decked out in the somewhat odd combination of green, white and purple. It follows, then, that Edwardian jewelry began to feature these colors as well. Whether this lovely pendant was made to symbolize the Suffrage Movement or simply made in the colors of the time we will never know, is it the chicken or the egg? Was it subversive? Probably not. More likely it had to do with an outward expression of camaraderie, of hope and the longing for a brighter future for all womankind.
Made in England around 1915, this pendant features a large oval faceted amethysts in a wonderful scrolling wire-work frame, hanging from the pendant is a bright and sparkling peridot gem in a teardrop shape. The pendant is hand crafted in 9 karat yellow gold and is marked on the back with ‘9ct’, it measures 46 mm long and 22.6 mm across and weighs 3.8 grams.
Wether or not this pendant was made as a sign of suffrage, it was certainly made in a time of suffrage and as such it’s a powerful reminder that we’ve come a long way, baby!
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Edwardian Amethyst Peridot Pendant 9k Gold
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