Kelly wears Jane Austen's ring

American singer Kelly Clarkson has been banned from taking one of Jane Austen's rings out of the country.

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Should Jane Austen's ring be saved for the nation?

She is one of the country's most celebrated novelists, writing many of her works in Chawton in Hampshire. And only last week it was announced that Jane Austen will appear on the next £10 note.

But a row is brewing over whether one of only three items of jewellery owned by the author should be allowed to leave the country. American singer Kelly Clarkson bought a gold and turquoise ring for more than £150,000 at auction last year.

Kelly Clarkson banned from exporting Jane Austen's ring

Jane Austen's gold and turquoise ring Credit: PA

American US singer Kelly Clarkson has been prevented by the Government from taking one of Jane Austen's rings out of the country.

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson Credit: PA

The star, who shot to fame when she won the American Idol show, bought the jewellery at auction last year for more than #150,000, but culture minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary export bar on the ring in a bid to keep it in the UK.

The ring is one of only three surviving pieces of jewellery known to have belonged to the Pride and Prejudice author, having been given to her sister Cassandra and then passed down through the family before it was sold.


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