As elegant and poignant today as when it was made over 100 years ago, this antique suffragette necklace is one that will always be admired for its elegance and grace as well as the meaning behind it.
The Suffragette movement was pivotal in such things as giving the right to vote to women, and was a very strong and powerful movement that started in the late 1800's.
This suffragette necklace was made in 15 carat gold in the early 1900's, and suffragette jewellery is easily 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 purple in a design that itself is so elegant.
Measuring 2.8cm from the peridot to the bottom on the pendant section, the necklace itself measures 39cm in length allowing the main part to sit perfectly on the neckline where it will no doubt always be admired.
As historically important as it is beautiful, this antique suffragette necklace is simply perfect.
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Antique suffragette 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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