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Suffragette jewellery - I know IABU ...

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BolloxtoGender Sat 21-Nov-20 14:58:40 open up such a shallow thread in FWR chat, but I care not ! 😀

I never knew suffragette jewellery was a Thing , but they are beautiful 😍, especially the antique pieces....I’m now down the suffragette jewellery rabbit hole...😬

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Viviennemary Sat 21-Nov-20 15:00:32

I've known about it but only for a while. I haven't got any but I see why people collect it. Nice to look at online.

Redshoeblueshoe Sat 21-Nov-20 15:01:16

Have you any pictures to post ? I wouldn't mind buying some for Christmas presents

BolloxtoGender Sat 21-Nov-20 15:02:51

For example...

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justgeton Sat 21-Nov-20 15:03:23

I have a brooch/pendant that belonged to my grandma. I don't think she had anything at all to do with suffragettes but it is lovely.

HecatesCats Sat 21-Nov-20 15:27:58

Lovely stuff! Have you seen Vee Accessories Bollox? Found out about them on the GC Xmas thread. I've bought some of their lovely pins:

Vee Accessories - Handmade Jewellery & Custom Design

GC Christmas shopping thread here:

Stripesnomore Sat 21-Nov-20 15:31:07

This is really lovely OP.

I may have to buy some as presents.

ScrapThatThen Sat 21-Nov-20 15:32:03

This necklace is gorgeous

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 21-Nov-20 15:35:49

If you're looking at vintage pieces do be aware that some people tend to stick the word "suffragette" onto anything that uses the colour scheme green and purple (looking at Ebay, for example). There were other green and purple things made that weren't necessarily suffragette related.

Violets were quite a popular flower for brooches, that includes ones made in the 1950s and 1960s. Pretty, but not suffragette. Actual suffragette stuff is rare, collectable and £££

HecatesCats Sat 21-Nov-20 15:37:15

Oh wow, the brooches & pendants on eBay are amazing (to look at grin, bit over budget for me):

BolloxtoGender Sat 21-Nov-20 15:40:34

Oooh thanks hecatescats...a whole Christmas shopping thread..yes I am reluctant to give any money to Amazon this year ( but probably will succumb because convenience).

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SunsetBeetch Sat 21-Nov-20 15:50:01

Not so fancy and pretty, but I like it.

fatblackcatspaw Sat 21-Nov-20 16:05:36

National Museum of Scotland had in their collection a suffragette necklace

kursaalflyer Sat 21-Nov-20 16:10:49

The dinny hall suffragette hoop earrings are incredible. Have dropped a subtle hint for Christmas! Liberty's have 20% off as well!

tofuschnitzel Sat 21-Nov-20 16:18:09

I find it baffling that the suffragettes get so much attention, when it was actually the suffragists of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) that did the legwork (decades before the suffragists appeared on the scene), and they also continued to press on with the issue of women's suffrage during the war years. The suffragettes abandoned the cause. Many historians now believe that the suffragettes did more harm than good, and more emphasis is being placed on the NUWSS, but the general public still only ever think of the suffragettes when it comes to women's suffrage. Both suffragists and suffragettes made contributions to the cause, but the peaceful suffragists have been forgotten by many. I just find it interesting that I am seeing the same thing on the feminist chat board.

I know I know, I have a bee in my bonnet about this subject. I can suggest some good books about it if anyone is interested.

Tor12 Sat 21-Nov-20 16:26:48

Yes please @tofuschnitzel, would love some recs!

HecatesCats Sat 21-Nov-20 16:35:23

Love to read more about them Tofu. Not prepared to write the Suffragettes off though, Emmeline Pankhurst's efforts travelling the length and breadth of the country rallying people to the cause made a huge difference, aside from the millitant activities.

PhoebeSnow Sat 21-Nov-20 16:40:57

The colours are green, white and violet( not purple ) representing Give Women Votes.
I’ve got a few old pieces and some modern ones, they are beautiful and subtle.

PhoebeSnow Sat 21-Nov-20 16:46:09

Lover’s Eye jewellery is also beautiful ( not very fem chat, I know but worth admiring) my favourite is a necklace with David Bowie’s eyes

HuckfromScandal Sun 22-Nov-20 07:47:29


Please please please, would love some reading recommendations.
I didn’t know that.

YetAnotherSpartacus Sun 22-Nov-20 09:14:08

There were many organisations and factions working together and sometimes separately. All need to be acknowledged.

I'm a little sceptical of modern claims that in fact it was the more peaceful and 'behind the scenes' women who had the most impact, rather than those who took on a direct and public role, challenging the parameters of what it meant to be a woman as well as campaigning for the vote - and, of course, provoking male violence in doing so.

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