As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, rings are rare; in the past, we've had fewer than half a dozen. Perhaps they're scarce because other types of jewelry made a bigger splash when worn at public meetings and marches. That's my guess because Suffragette brooches, necklaces and earrings tend to be quite bold. The rings are showy, too, but necessarily on a somewhat daintier scale.
The ring you see here is big enough to cover my knuckle, with a face 3/4 of an inch tall and half an inch wide. The four faux gemstones are sizeable,too: a pair of amethysts, a diamond and a very dark green emerald, all prettily cut and prong-set. The quirky color combination held deep meaning among 19th century and early 20th century feminists, for whom green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any. Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry began rapidly gaining value after the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings).
The original owner of this ring may have been in the thick of the conflict, since it reached us from a New York estate. While it could date from as late as 1928, when the last group of Englishwomen (not property owners) got the vote, the rope-twist oval of the mounting and the witchy, talon-like prongs show Victorian and Arts & Crafts influences, so suggest a rather early dating, soon after World War I or even before. Too, although the gilded white metal setting remains bright on its face, the gilt is nearly gone from the shank -- which obviously indicates age and wear. Apart from this loss of gilding and minor surface wear to the stones, which look original, I see no problem with the ring. It's certainly sturdy enough to wear often, although not as heavy, large or well-made as other Suffragette rings we'e sold. That's why the price is enticingly low -- so why not pick up an unusual conversation piece for less than half the usual cost?
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