‘Feminism and politics, along with fashion, have always been heated territories, let’s wear our Suffragette Edit jewels with pride.’ – Dinny Hall
The suffragettes’ colour scheme, devised in 1908 by Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, was an early triumph for fashion branding. Suffragettes wore violet for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. Members were encouraged to wear the colours “as a duty and a privilege”.
Amazed at the array of Suffragette jewellery produced and worn at the time of women’s struggle to be able to vote – I saw an opportunity one hundred years later to bring out my own Suffragette jewellery.
The meaning of the Suffragette colours – violet for dignity, green for hope and white for purity still chimes today and lends well to the gemstones I love to use – Amethyst or Tanzanite for violet, Peridot and Tsavorite for green and White Topaz, Pearls or Diamonds for White.
Interview with Emily Evans – Fashion Consultant & Stylist
DH: Earliest memory of jewellery with meaning?
EE: My mother wearing a huge cameo brooch on a tartan cape on special occasions. It was a bold statement and everyone always commented when she wore it. She loved the attention.
DH: Does wearing/styling jewellery embolden you in the fashion industry?
EE: Yes I think so. It’s a way of expressing yourself. Everything I do or wear is to increase my confidence. I love beautiful things. Jewellery makes you feel good. Jewellery enhances a woman.
DH: What would you tell a younger version of yourself for inspiration in hard times?
EE: It will pass. It will make you stronger. Everything that happens in life is a lesson. The woman I am today is a result of the hard times as well as the good. “Character Building” I think my Grandmother called it…
DH: Which Suffragette colour resonates most with you and why? (Violet is for Dignity, White is for Purity, Green is for Hope)
EE: Definitely Violet. My birthday, April 1st is the Day of Dignity and it’s a quality I hope to carry with me everywhere I go. Violet is also my youngest daughter,Pearl’s middle name.
DH: Which is your favourite Dinny Hall Suffragette piece?
EE: Love the ring – delicate but strong at the same time.
DH: Which styles of the Suffragettes’ fashion sense have lived on?
EE: Ruffles, high collars, long skirts and ALWAYS capes every season from Gucci to Alice Archer this season.
DH: Where do fashion and politics meet – for you?
EE: Sustainability & Diversity