3 March 2016

Celebrating Women

The month of March is not only filled with the hope of spring, it is also a month dedicated to the celebration of women.

First of all we have Mother's Day, Sunday 6th, when we celebrate and honour our mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Mother's Day as we know it was first celebrated in America in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial in honour of her mother. She had already started a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognised holiday in 1905, but would not be fully successful until 1911.

Then later next week, Tuesday 8th, we celebrate International Women's Day, which is an annual celebration of women in both history and society. The focus of the day differs throughout the world, from a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, to a discussion of women's economic, political and social achievements. There is also a tradition of choosing a theme for each year and this year the theme is; "Make It Happen - Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".

Throughout the whole of March, London will host an event called "Women's History Month", which is a diverse programme of events and exhibitions centred around female artists, activists, performers, writers, community groups and organisations, and is curated by Alternative Arts.

For the occasion we have selected some of our own female dealers here at Grays, and if you're still on the look out for a perfect Mother's Day gift, look no further for inspiration.

Green amethyst pendant with white and champagne diamonds. Offered by Westleigh Antiques.

Green leaf-shaped earrings. Offered by Arabella Bianco.

Marie-Christine Pavone green fish clip earrings. Offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery.

Chanel ‘CC’ gold and seed pearl earrings and necklace suite. Offered by Veritas Couture.

Victorian amethyst and diamond pansy brooch and pendant, c1880. Offered by Emmy Abe.
Léa Stein flappers head brooch. Offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery.

Handbag in Lueire, made in the US, c1950/60s. Offered by Linda Bee.

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