Kelly Clarkson barred from taking Jane Austen's ring out of UK

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American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is caught up in a different type of bling-ring situation: The U.S.-born pop singer has been barred from removing a piece of Jane Austen’s jewelry from British soil.

One of three surviving pieces of jewelry belonging to the late author, the gold and turquoise ring was auctioned off last year and purchased for over £150,000 by Clarkson. But culture minister Ed Vaizey is not letting the Idol star walk away with the British gem so easily. He has instated a temporary export ban on the ring and hopes a British buyer will step up and purchase it. Why all the fuss over a small piece of jewelry? As it turns out, even though the esteemed English novelist turned out six major novels, she had few personal belongings. That’s why UK officials want to keep the ring in the country. “Jane Austen’s modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare,” Vaizey told The Guardian.

While she waits for a verdict on the ban, Clarkson might need back up plans for “something old” and “something blue,” with a fall wedding looming. The 31-year-old announced her engagement to talent manager Brandon Blackstock back in Dec. The couple plans to marry in October, and country artist Blake Shelton will officiate the ceremony.

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