Suffragette 9k Gold Dangling Pendant Lavalier Antique Edwardian c1910.
A suffragette was a member of militant women's organisations in the early 20th century who, under the banner "Votes for Women", fought for the right to vote in public elections, known as women's suffrage. The term refers in particular to members of the British Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. In 1906, a reporter writing in the Daily Mail coined the term suffragette for the WSPU, from suffragist, to belittle the women advocating women's suffrage. The militants embraced the new name, & even adopted it.
The suffragette campaign was suspended when World War I broke out in 1914. 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. Ten years later in 1928, women gained electoral equality with men when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all women the vote at age 21.
To enable like minded ladies to easily identify themselves to each other, they would wear 3 colours, in their clothes, scarves & even jewellery. The green represented the word 'give', white for 'women' & violet for 'vote'. Often in jewellery the stones used were green peridot, white seed pearls & violet amethyst or tourmaline as is the case with this pendant.
The gold has been tested as there are no gold marks. The pendant contains green period, seed pearls & a violet tourmaline, all the stones have been tested, are in good order & all present, please see the pictures.
Size including bale 4.5 x 2.5 cm or 1.7 x 1.0 inches.
Weigh 1.6 grams or 1.0 penny weight.