Suffragette interest. An Edwardian Art Nouveau Amethyst, seed pearl and peridot brooch, circa 1900s, the central circular mixed-cut amethyst collet-set, seed pearl surround to the outer border of peridots, stamped '15ct'. 35x35mms.
The battle for women's suffrage during the early 1900s was fought by several organisations, the most significant being the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) led by Emmeline and Christobel Pankhurst. In 1908, the WSPU adopted the colour scheme of purple (symbolising dignity), white (purity) and green (hope). London jewellers Mappin & Webb issued a catalogue of suffragette jewellery for Christmas 1908 and, in 1909, the WSPU presented specially commissioned pieces to Emmeline Pankhurst and other prominent leaders. Wealthy supporters, also, often designed their own items of jewellery using gemstones and/or enamels to represent the movement's colours.