A rocky road
Antique pendant with amethyst, pearls & peridot, England circa 1910
The history of equal rights for men and women is a history of hard struggles. Until today, progress has always been made only in small steps, which often had to be laboriously wrested from men. The early 20th century was a particularly turbulent period in this struggle, when women took to the streets in large numbers, especially in Great Britain and the United States, but later also in Germany, to finally win the right to vote for themselves. In Great Britain, the fighting women were called suffragettes, from the French suffrage = choice. They protested and did not shy away from physical acts and hunger strikes, frustrated by the immobility of male-dominated politics. The longer the movement was active, the more female supporters also publicly declared their support. A true fashion emerged. Then, in 1908, colors were officially established to symbolize the women's movement: Green, white and purple were to signify hope, purity and dignity. In London, the big department stores sold dresses and sashes, hat pins, bars of soap and also jewelry in the colors of the movement. A tribute to the jewelry of this fashion is now here. It is a pendant bearing the three typical colors of the British Women's Movement, three colors that were to indicate the approach of a new era of freedom. The design is in shapes that were a great fashion in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century. Airy bars as well as tendril shapes were seen everywhere at that time, in the designs of almost all jewelry artists. Now here they are richly set with natural pearls and accompany a green peridot in the center. An amethyst in the color of dignity is movably suspended from the design, which thus reminds us of the long struggle for equal rights, which finally, in 1918, with the introduction of the right to vote for women, was not yet over. The pendant, which found its way to us from London, is beautifully preserved and can be worn immediately with its matching gold chain.
Demantoids are a special form of garnet, which may be surprising at first. Well-known are the deep red of the pyrope garnet from the sites of Bohemia as well as the almandine, which convinces in a red tone with a fine admixture of blue. But also the demantoid with its intensive green is a garnet. It was first found in the Russian Ural Mountains in 1855 and was initially known as "Ural emerald". Carl Fabergé, for example, used it in numerous works for the Russian court, and it also enjoyed great popularity in Great Britain around the turn of the century.
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