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Victorian Jewelry: VJ147

VOTES FOR WOMAN - SUFFRAGETTE COLORS ( Edwardian Jewelry Suffragette Pendant ): As the 19th Century began, women in England and the United States were battling it out on the political front for women’s suffrage. The Suffragettes had a color code which they translated into jewelry: green, white & violet supposedly stood for “Give Women the Vote”. A more complex and accurate explanation for the colors comes from Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence, treasurer and co-author of the newspaper “Votes for Women”. She introduced the colors at a mass rally in Hyde Park in June, 1908. She explained: “Purple stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity…white stands for purity in private and public life… green is the color hope and the emblem of spring.” The correct phrase is: “Votes for Women”. This petite pendant is a lasting reminder of that important milestone that led to women gaining the right to vote. (In the U.S. women won this right in 1920.) Most of these jewelry pieces were small symbols worn to let other women know that the wearer was sympathetic to the cause. This is marked “9CT” for 9KT Gold and contains tiny Pearls, faceted Amethysts and green faceted Peridots. (c. 1910) It has a removable pearl studded bale. There is a pendant hook on the back. Delicate in appearance, this petite piece is also indicative of the Edwardian taste in jewelry. Delightful to the eye and steeped in history, Suffragette jewelry pieces are scarce and highly desirable. Condition: Excellent. Pearls appear to be all original. Size: 1 3/4” long, 1 1/8” wide.


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