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Scarce Early 20th C. Suffragette Ring

Item 12169

Although the majority of the world today is concerned about the rights of human beings, a curious turn is that of the “Suffragette Movement”. It was less than a century ago when the United States Congress affirmatively passed an amendment to the US Constitution extending the right of suffrage to women. In 1920 the 19th Amendment stated, "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

The movement in America began in 1848 with the Seneca Falls Convention regarding the civil rights of women led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann M'Clintock. Jewelry, banners and small bouquets of flowers incorporating the combination of the colors of purple, green and white were displayed to identify with the movement of the right for women to vote. During the turn of the 19th century, retailers followed suite and these colors became part of fashion.

One of the misconceptions which arose was that the colors were used in an acrostic manner, i.e., that the colors represented “Give Women the Vote”. Research by the late Christie Romero, Judy Rosenbloom and Diane Atkinson, one of the leading modern scholars on the suffrage movement indicated that white stood for purity of intentions and thought, purple not violet for dignity and green for hope.

A simple yellow gold ring of 14k has been transformed into a symbol of a movement that significantly impacted on the United States. A stylized version of a flower, perhaps the blossom of a mayapple (one of the first plants to flower in spring) is well represented with six petals enameled in white adorned with a modified Fleur-de-Lys, a purple enamel center and round accents of green enamel interspersed among the petals.

Measurements: 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in width north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) off the finger. The diameter of the flower is 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm). This ring has a weight of 4.3 grams (2.8 dwt).

Ring Size: US 6 (UK L- 1/2; Euro 16.5; 52 mm) and can be sized to accommodate most hands.

Condition: Very good; minor restoration of green enamel, otherwise excellent.

Date & Origin: Circa 1900 - 1920.