Victorian “Suffragette Pendant” with Ruby, Demantoid & Pearls
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This amazing antique pendant is a wearable piece of Feminist history. Between the 1880’s and 1920’s many British Suffragettes would wear jewelry and clothing in the colors green, white and violet/red which stood for “give women votes/rights.” There is some argument among jewelry historians as to whether this was a unique idea originating with the Suffragette cause, or if these colors were simply popular at the time and they became associated with the movement over time. In either case, these original pieces are quite scarce and are a hot commodity among collectors. This particular pendant is one of the finest we have seen, rendered in authentic British 15k yellow gold and signed by the maker. The bow and garland motif was the pinnacle of late 1800’s fashion and is set with tiny seed pearls and rare Demantoid Garnets from Russia. Suspended in the center is a rich maroon-red cushion cut Ruby with a lab report stating that it is totally natural and untreated. The piece measures almost 2 inches in overall length and makes for an impressive statement on the neck.
Details: 15k yellow gold pendant with 1.20ct natural Ruby, .65ct round green Demantoid Garnets, and seed pearl accents, circa 1890, lab report from North American Gemological Lab #1065548.