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History about Jewelry for Suffragists

Through its widest sense, "Suffragette Jewelry" refers to a variety of ornaments that were either created specifically for and then worn by members of the Suffragette and Suffragist movements in the early 1900s. Green, white, and purple (or violet), that were the campaign colors of the Women's Social and Political Union, were the defining characteristics of the majority of this jewelry (WSPU). Designs have frequently been given the designation "Suffragette Jewelry" just to raise their market value. Although there isn't always empirical proof, jewelry may frequently be at least loosely connected to the movement by its colors, artistic elements, and age.

 

Let dig into History....

A group of female activists known as the Suffragettes fought and demonstrated for the right of women to vote at the start of the 20th century. The group first emerged from the Suffragist Movement, which got its start in the 1860s and campaigned for the same objective but in a less extreme way. Women (over the age of 30) were finally given the right to vote in 1918, and then everyone was given the vote in 1928 as a result of the Suffragettes' battles and fervent protests.

The Suffragettes/WSPU were believed to be the first advocacy organization to employ certain colors and graphic designs to further their cause and forge a distinct political identity. Sylvia Pankhurst, a prominent figure in the movement's design, was Emmeline Pankhurst's daughter. A replica of her classic Holloway Brooch, which features the "portcullis"—a gate hung in chains, which is the symbol of the House of Commons—and enamel decoration in white, green, and purple, was worn by Meryl Streep in the 2015 movie Suffragette.

 

What are the colors associated with suffragettes?

The enamel detailing was vital, as was the Suffragette color scheme of white, green, and purple. One interpretation of why these colors were chosen is because the organization employed Green, White, and Purple (or Violet) to make the abbreviation GWV - Give Women the Vote.

A further explanation is that the colors were chosen for their symbolic significance: purple represents dignity, green represents optimism, and white represents purification.

Despite these theories, some assert that the colors are just accidental or intentionally chosen to complement the popular jewels of the Edwardian era—amethysts, pearls, and emeralds. It is undeniable that the three colors have a tremendous impact today, regardless of whether the Suffragettes made a deliberate decision to associate them with particular meaning or were only trying to retain their position as extremely stylish ladies.

 

Many contend that vendors who refer to their jewelry as "Suffragette Jewelry" without indicating whether it is fashionable or historically significant are only trying to inflate the price of their wares. Suffragette jewelry is still in high demand, despite all the questions surrounding its genesis. Suffragette jewelry is still quite popular, whether this is because of the political overtones of the items or because modern jewelry collectors (like the Edwardians) still prefer the white, green, and purple color combination.