This Edwardian necklace features the suffragette colors of green, white, and purple using peridot, seed pearls, and amethyst. The colors of the movement were described by Emmeline Parkhurst, the founder (along with her daughters) of the Women's Social and Political Union as: "Purple as everyone knows is the royal color. It stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity...white stands for purity in private and public life...green is the color of hope and the emblem of spring." The slogan of the WSPU was "Votes for Women". When purple is interpreted as violet, the colors ordered in the sequence of green, white, violet form the acronym GWV for "Give Women Votes". This stunning necklace features an open floral design set with peridot and framed in pearls with a large amethyst drop flanked by pearl-studded scrolls. Though it features the suffragette colors, we can't say for certain that it is a suffragette necklace as there is jewelry from this period with the same colors that is unrelated to the movement.
15k gold (marked), seed pearls, 5.5mm peridot, 5ct amethyst
pendant measured 1 1/2" length, 7/8" at the widest point; 16" chain
1900 — 1910
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.