The suffragette movement 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, and here is a truly magnificent antique suffragette fringe necklace that dates from the early 1900's and sits perfectly around the neck.
Made in 15 carat gold, suffragette jewellery is recognisable by having three main colours: green, white and violet, and in this necklace it is set with peridot for the green, pearls for the white and amethyst for the violet in a design that looks magnificent on the neck.
So timeless in its design, this necklace will so easily suit any woman of any age and will certainly be a wonderful talking point and conversation starter.
The centre drop measures 2.8cm in length and the ones at each end 2cm, and laid out from end to end the necklace measures 40.5cm in length.
Antique jewellery is so often far more than just fashion based, and here this wonderful suffragette necklace truly exemplifies this.
Antique suffragette fringe necklace made in 15 carat gold
A brief history of the suffragette movement:
Suffragettes were members of women's organisations that started in late 19th century who 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.
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