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Victorian Jewelry: VJ148

VOTES FOR WOMAN – SUFFRAGETTE COLORS ( Edwardian Jewelry Suffragette Earrings ): 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 of hope and the emblem of spring.” The correct phrase is: “Votes for Women”. These rare suffragette earrings are 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. The earrings are marked “9CT” for 9KT Gold and each contains tiny Pearls, faceted Amethysts and a green faceted Peridot. (c. 1910, English) The earrings currently have screw back findings, but could be changed to pierced earrings by a good jeweler. Suffragette earrings are extremely rare and seldom seen for sale because they are treasured by collectors who will not let them go. Delicate in appearance, these petite pieces are 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: Earrings 1 1/8” long, 1/4" wide. (Small)

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