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15ct Gold & Platinum Diamond, Amethyst & Peridot Suffragette Necklace

177H
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A good example of a Suffragette necklace set with Peridots (green colour meaning “give”), diamonds (white colour meaning “women”), amethysts (violet colour meaning “votes”). The pretty Edwardian design is suspended from a lovely two colour 15ct gold and platinum chain. These necklaces were worn by sympathisers of the Suffrage movement as a sign to other women of their feelings.

Mrs Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper Votes for Women, explained the symbolism of the colours in spring 1908: “Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour. It 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 colour of hope and the emblem of spring.” In other words, she said, the colours stood for freedom and dignity, purity and hope.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold Diamond AmethystPeridot

Hallmarks

Unmarked, tested to platinum & 15ct gold

Measurements

Length 17 ¼ in / 43.8 cm
Longest drop 1 ¼ in / 3.2 cm
Width of decorative part 3 ½ in / 8.9 cm

Item Number

177H

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