Antique Sufferagette (?) Gold Link Ring, London 1901 18k

When I first looked at this ring, I saw it as a very interesting love knot motif, but then the more I looked, the more I thought that perhaps it might be somethings else. Love knots are usually made from one piece of gold going round and round, symbolic of unending love and affection. This ring is actually made of links and it reminded me of the short curb link bar brooches that were worn by the Suffragettes in Victorian England. The symbolism isn’t unending love, but rather strength in unity. The date of 1901, hallmarked into the ring, would fit with this idea. Either way it is a lovely and very stylish ring and would make a wonderful stacking ring or wedding ring.

Hand crafted in 18 karat gold in London in 1901, this ring is a size 8.25 and weighs 6 grams. It measures 7 mm north to south and 19 mm across at the face and has a low profile of 2.5 mm of the finger. It has a makers mark which I can’t quite make out and is otherwise clearly hallmarked for 18 karat gold, and the date and place of manufacture.

Hard to imagine, but it would take another 17 years for women in the UK to get the vote and another 19 years for women in the US, as new winds of change swept across the globe.

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