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Antique suffragette necklace set with tourmaline, peridots and diamonds

Suffragette jewellery of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries is recognisable by having three main colours: green, white and violet, and here in this necklace it is set with peridot for the green, diamonds for the white and tourmaline for the violet, in a design that is truly breathtaking and will no doubt always be admired every time that it is worn.

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, making suffragette jewellery not only so beautiful, but so historically important.

This suffragette necklace dates from the early 1900's and was made in 15 carat gold and from end to end measures 51cm in length.

With a stunning design, it is set with a 4.50 carat pink tourmaline that leads down to three pear cut peridots that are set in a wonderful asymmetric design. These peridots, along with the round ones at each end at the top, total 4.75 carats and both the tourmaline and peridots as well as the necklace itself is highlighted by twelve single cut diamonds that total 0.48 carats and add a wonderful and elegant sparkle to the necklace.

Destined to always stand out on the neckline, this will also be a wonderful and exciting conversation starter that will always be admired.

Stock# ET613

Circa: 1910



Antique suffragette necklace set with tourmaline, peridots and diamonds

Antique suffragette necklace made in 15 carat gold in the early 1900's.

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.

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

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