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Antique enamel suffragette necklace


Quite often antique jewellery can have a meaning behind it that isn't often seen , even though it is right there in front of you, and here we have an amazing antique suffragette necklace from the early 1900's.

The suffragette movement started in the late 1800's, and was not only so important in helping women get equal rights, but helped cement in history the names of people such as Millicent Fawcet and Emmeline Pankhurst, who were both so important in the movement, making suffragette jewellery not only so beautiful, but so historically important.

Suffragette jewellery is recognisable by having three main colours: green, white and violet, and here in this necklace it is set with two amethysts for the purple, pearls for the white and enamel for the green. Along with this, there are also four rose cut diamonds to add to the grace and elegance of the necklace.

Made in 15 carat gold in the early 1900's, from end to end the necklace measures 42cm allowing the main pendant section in the centre to sit perfectly on the neckline where it will be admired from near or far and is sure to become a fantastic and exciting conversation starter.

The two amethysts total 6 carats in weight and are embraced so beautifully by the clusters of pearls and enamel, as well as the beautiful design of the three chains leading to the top amethyst.

This is such a beautiful and historically important necklace, and one that is sure to be admired each and every time that it is worn.


Stock# EC234

Circa: 1910



Antique enamel suffragette necklace

Antique enamel suffragette necklace

What was the suffragette movement?

A brief history of the suffragette movement:

Suffragettes were members of women's organisations that started in late 19th century. They fought for the right for women to vote in elections. Taking firm root when in 1897 the National Union of Women's Suffrage was founded by Millicent Fawcet who believed in peaceful protest and later in 1903 when Emmeline Pankhurst founded the British Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement. This later association became more vocal in their protesting, with many women being arrested and going to prison, starting hunger strikes and even burning down churches.

The suffragette campaign was halted when World War I broke out in 1914 and Emmeline Pankhurst instructed the Suffragettes to stop their now often violent campaign and support the government and its war effort. After the war, the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications and then ten years later women gained electoral equality with men when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all women the vote at age 21.

Where can I buy suffragette jewellery?

At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Australia.

Learn more: Meaningful Jewels: A Brief History of Suffragette Jewellery - Kalmar Antiques

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