Last year, I mended a customer's necklace made of amethyst, pearl and peridot. She explained they represented the Colours of the Suffragettes. Interesting...
In 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union or WSPU, adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green, that would not only distinguish them in their political movement, but would also prove to be a huge marketing success.
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper, Votes for Women, wrote, 'Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, it stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity...white stands for purity in private and public life...green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.'
Give (green) Women (white)
One of the intentions of the colours was to promote public awareness of the depth of the belief for suffrage in England. Women were encouraged to 'wear the colours' to show support for the movement and to stand out in the crowds during public demonstrations. They particularly wanted the men that were opposed to the movement, to be aware of the connection of the colours to the suffrage, in this they succeeded. The characters on many anti-suffrage postcards drawn by male artists of that period, were often draped in sashes and banners of purple white and green, presuming that a suffragette would be recognised by her colours, even by the opposition of the movement.