Posted 6 years ago
Most jewelry in the colors of white, green and purple is difficult to directly attribute to the Suffrage movement, as these colors were fashionable during that time period. I believe that this amethyst pendant could be a true Suffrage piece of jewelry.
This is an extremely fine quality pendant from the firm of Child and Child, circa 1910. Child and Child, London art jewelers from 1880 - 1916, were known for their beautiful enamel work and unusual designs. Their distinctive jewelry appealed to a wealthy, avant-garde clientele and they were patronized by artists from the Pre-Raphaelite circle including Sir Edward Burne Jones and William Holman Hunt, as well as royalty.
This pendant, in the colors of the Suffrage movement, is high carat gold and silver, set with a large faceted Siberian amethyst and diamonds, and guilloché enameled in purple and green. Surmounting the amethyst heart are the initials: R [in diamonds] and and C [ in enamel, both forwards and backwards]. These were the initials of Renee Courtauld [1873 -1962] a Suffragette from the renowned Courtauld silk family.
The pendant is 2 and 1/8 inches in length and 1 and 1/8 inches wide at its widest point. The workmanship is finely detailed, even to the point of having two gold coiled supports to reverse to ensure the pendant sits comfortably on the neck. It is marked with Child and Child sunflower mark to reverse. A superior example of Suffragette jewelry from one of the most prestigious firms of London art jewelers