Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Back where it belongs

I was so pleased to hear the news whilst I was away last week that Jane Austen's ring has finally been bought by the Jane Austen museum in Hampshire.

Originally it was sold by Sotherby's at auction to Kelly Clarkson. The Jane Austen museum could not raise the funds in time for the auction and the ring looked set to travel to the US. Although I can understand on a personal level why she would want to own such a beautiful and historic piece of jewellery, it was a massive loss to all Jane Austen and antique jewellery fans.

However, a temporary export ban was placed on the ring, allowing the museum to try and raise the £152,450 needed to keep in the UK. The campaign Bring the Ring Home began and after many generous donations were made, including one anonymous donation of £100,000, the total has been reached.

The museum has said that they plan to have the ring on display in the new year. I think a trip to Hampshire is in order to see this beautiful and much sought after ring in person.

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