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Edwardian suffragette pendant/brooch

Suffragette jewellery is easily recognisable by having three main colours, green, white and violet, and this can be seen here in this pendant/brooch, by being set with peridot for the green, pearls for the white and amethyst for the purple.

Made in 15 carat gold in the early 1900's, the Suffragette movement started in the late 1800's and was pivotal in such things as giving the right to vote to women, so not only is this a very attractive pendant, but it is also steeped in history.

Measuring 30mm across, at the top where a chain can pass though, this piece itself can easily be removed to then allow it to be worn as a brooch without the bail getting in the way. Measuring 45.9mm without the bail, or 53mm with it, this is not only such an attractive piece, but also so versatile being able to be worn in two different ways.

This antique suffragette pendant is so beautiful and is destined to always be admired as well as being a wonderful conversation starter.


Stock# ET1398

Circa: 1910



Edwardian suffragette pendant/brooch


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. 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. 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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