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Let us unravel the mystery of this 18K red gold with silver Late-Victorian ring from around 1900 encrypted in the colour of each of its four prominent gemstones. Together, the colours embody an historical message: Green, White, Violet makes "Give Women the Vote". Meanwhile, the yellow colour underlines the internationally common ground of this idea, founded by the women fighting for their right to vote in the early 1900's. These women, particularly militants in the United Kingdom, called themselves "the Suffragettes".
Furthermore, these specific colours were chosen for their intrinsic symbolism. Hope springs in the Green of the brilliant cut emerald while purity emanates from a White old mine brilliant cut diamond. Royalty, dignity and freedom can be discovered in the soft Violet of the amethyst side by side with a fancy colour yellowish natural old mine cut diamond.
Clearly being a jewel meant for a strong woman, this ring will always guide you to all your desires and ambitions. (For more information about the "Suffragette movement" also read the section "Extra information")
Antique jewelry object group: ring
Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin:unknown
Style: Late-Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration.
Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Period: ca. 1900
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Source of inspiration: Suffragette symbolism (see further in text)
Material: 18K yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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Extra information: Suffragettes - The beginning of the 1900's has seen a lot of political tipping points. One of these is the first feminist activism pleading for the right for women to vote. The legacy of this battle on many different levels is called the suffragette movement. The English word "suffrage" stands for the right to vote. This is why the supporters -mostly women- called themselves "suffragettes".
To identify one another as members or to indicate support of the movement, it is believed that these women used a secret colour code out of fear of revealing their sympathies to their husbands, sons, and society as a whole.
Because there wasn't only one union of women, but rather multiple small cooperations, there are multiple colour codes. The most famous code is the one used in Great Britiain:
-Green for hope, new life and spring
-White for purity and honesty
-Violet for royalty, dignity and freedom
The first letter of every colour stands for the catch-phrase "Give Women the Vote". It is also known that in the USA the colour yellow was used as an acknowledged colour.
Diamond(s): One old European cut diamond with an estimated weight of ± 0.35ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, vs/si).
One fancy color old European cut diamond with an estimated weight of ± 0.16ct. (colour and clarity: Natural Fancy Yellow, si). - All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. Also we have all diamonds screened by the IJGC - lab (www.ijgc-worldwide.com) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural!
Precious stones: One emerald with an estimated weight of ± 0.16ct.
One amethyst with an estimated weight of ± 0.16ct.
- All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April, emerald for May and amethyst for February.
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Hallmarks: no trace
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Dimensions: length on top of ring 1,95 cm (0,77 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 5,00 gram (3,21 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 50 & 16 , Size US 5¼ , Size UK: J½
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Adin Reference Nº: 19185-0067
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