Jane Austen fans across the land will have already heard the news: The British government is trying to stop Kelly Clarkson from taking a turquoise and gold ring once owned by the much loved author out of the country.
Whilst the Culture minister, and indeed the whole country, debate the subject (Is this rare ring a 'national treasure'? Should we be allowed to bar Clarkson from taking the ring? Can we crowd-source a fund to buy the ring back from the American Idol winner? Etc), we at Brides have been captivated by this exceptional ring - and engagement ring of sorts, no less.
Once owned by Austen's family, the ring first belonged to her sister Cassandra, who then gave it to her sister-in-law Eleanor Austen when she became engaged to Jane and Cassandra's brother, the Reverend Henry Thomas Austen.
Still in its original box, the rare ring was expected to fetch £30,000 at auction but sold for £152,450 at Sotherby's when Kelly Clarkson snatched it up.
The Since You've Been Gone singer is engaged herself, with a seriously dazzling $150,000 ring of her own and already owns a replica of Austen's ring (pictured), so in all likelihood she didn't purchase the original gold and turquoise ring to wear, but rather to treasure. But this got us thinking: If you could own a historic engagement ring which would you most like to have?
Kate Moss' husband Jamie Hince tried to track down Zelda Scott Fitzgerald's ring for his model bride when he proposed - very romantic. But what could be more romantic than a ring owned by Jane Austen's family? You tell us…