As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, rings are the holy grail. Of the relatively few made, most are very fine and priced accordingly. An example with faux gems is a rare find, especially one this impressive in both beauty and scale.
Its condition is wonderful, too, but that isn't so unusual. Because Suffragette jewels of all types were worn typically for meetings and marches, not on an everyday basis, they've often survived looking nearly new, assuming careful storage.
This ring isn't far from flawless. Only under high magnification can surface wear be noticed on its stones or the highly detailed mounting that seems, by its weight, to be gilt bronze. Adorning the oval face, which measures a whopping 1.5 inches tall by about an inch wide, are two richly colored faux amethysts, four pretend pearls and a stunning cabochon of glass jade marbled with white.
The unusual 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.
This is is a jewel that simply can't be overlooked, and its shank is adjustable to fit any finger. The Art Nouveau styling would lead me to call it Victorian -- and it may be -- but the sensational condition suggests a more conservative circa 1920 dating. As you know, American women attained the vote in 1920, but it took until 1928 for all women in England to be included.
Probable origin is Czech (or Bohemian, if made before WWI dissolved the old Austro-Hungarian Empire). The ring reached us from an estate in the Great Lakes area.
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