This trailblazing women’s monement started in 1866 and finished (historically) in 1928. It symbolised a fundamental societal change in womans rights which gave them the power to vote. Through peaceful protest and symbolic gestures, the three colours green (give), white (woman) and violet (vote) became a voice and symbol of hope for a gender population that demanded to be heard in a male controlled world.
In order to show support enamel badges were worn, but in a period where decorative arts and fine arts were making strong aesthetic statements, jewellery was widely endowed with these three significant colours. In the Edwardian pieces green, usually peridot or tourmaline represented hope and the emblem of spring, white usually pearl or diamond represented purity in private and public life, and violet/pink usually amethyst, tourmaline, topaz or garnet stood for freedom and dignity.
Thanks ladies, you changed the world!