Murrle, Bennett & Co Suffragette Necklace with Pearl, Amethyst and Peridot in 9k Gold

The Arts and Crafts movement was born out of a rejection of the industrial revolution. Artist felt that the mechanization of creating daily objects detracted from the enjoyment of daily life as a whole. Furniture, household items, even jewelry, once made completely by hand, were now being machined, assembly lined, destroying the unique nature of hand crafted goods. Much of the jewelry done in the Arts and Crafts style was done in silver, using gems that were inexpensive and easily sourced, but some of the firms of this era, working in this style, used gold, and I’m always a little extra thrilled when I come across these beautiful representations of the craft. 

This fabulous necklace was made by the firm of Murrle, Bennett and Company, an Anglo-German firm started by Ernst Murrle and J.B. Bennett, which produced pieces for retail by the store 'Liberty and Co.', famous London Arts and Crafts dealers. The company was in existence from 1886-1914, this necklace was most likely made around 1900. It is completely hand crafted, of course, in 9 karat gold, and is set with a sparkling green peridot at the top and a square cut rich purple amethyst that dangles off the bottom. There are two pearls for added contrast. The chain on this necklace is 16.5 inches long and the drop is 62 mm from top to bottom and 29 mm across, it weighs 6.6 grams. The piece is marked on the reverse with the MB&Co. makers mark and is also marked ‘9ct’ and ‘Patent’, the gold has a lovely rosy hue. 

As a side-note: Some would call these suffragette colors, and that well may be, but there is some debate as to weather these pieces were made in solidarity with the movement or were simply the result of the popularity of these colors at the time, I like the think it’s a little of both. 

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