Kelly Clarkson wearing a replica of the Jane Austen ring at the 2013 presidential inauguration. (Getty Images)
Kelly Clarkson knows when to "Walk Away."
The 31-year-old singer has been entangled in a dispute over a ring that once belonged to Jane Austen, but a resolution has now been reached in the bling brouhaha.
The short story? The "Tie It Up" crooner, who is a huge fan of the "Pride and Prejudice" author, anonymously purchased the gold-and-turquoise ring for about $250,000 at a jewelry auction at Sotheby's in July 2012. However, before she could slip it onto her finger, the British Culture Minister slapped a temporary export ban on the gem, a move made in hopes of finding a Brit to buy it and keep it in the country as a national cultural treasure. (It is one of only three surviving pieces of jewelry known to have belonged to Austen.)
And with the export ban in place until September 30, a new buyer has been found. The Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England, raised enough money to match Clarkson’s bid and keep the ring in Austen's homeland, the Guardian reports.
Jane Austen's ring. (Sotheby's)
Clarkson, who is known for being good-natured, has now agreed to re-sell the ring, which will be kept at the museum, where Austen lived during the years leading to her 1817 death. It's also the home where she penned all six of her completed novels.
"The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it," said Clarkson, who is such a book lover that they played a big part in her recent engagement photo shoot.
While we're sure Clarkson wishes the ring had landed in her jewelry box — she bought it for five times the estimated price at the auction — she's not exactly hurting for gorgeous jewelry. Not only did she have a replica of the ring made, which she wore to President Barack Obama's inauguration earlier this year, but she also has a far fancier gem — the massive yellow diamond engagement ring given to her by fiancé Brandon Blackstock last year.
So while it's not the perfect ending, it's a happy ending nonetheless.
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