Jane Austen’s Ring Could Be Yours—for $50K

A turquoise and gold ring that once belonged to the author is set to hit the auction block

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Forget being a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha or Charlotte. True romantics consider themselves a Lizzie, Elinor, Marianne or Emma.

And now Jane Austen fans have a chance to own a piece of the author’s jewelry collection—well, those who have around $50K to splurge, anyway.

Today reports a simple yet stunning turquoise ring in a gold setting is set to hit the Sotheby’s auction block next month and is expected to fetch up to $46,000.

The ring originally belonged to Austen, the author of such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. After her death, it was given to her sister, Cassandra, who then gave it to her sister-in-law Eleanor. It has stayed in the family until now.

“When I first heard about the ring, my initial thought was, ‘Well this will be a few minutes of my time to tell this family why it’s probably not authentic,’ ” Sotheby’s expert Gabriel Heaton tells the news show. “As I heard more of their story, I was astonished that something as exciting as this ring was out there and it was unknown to the Austen community. It’s exactly what you would imagine on Jane Austen’s finger: tasteful, simple, elegant and beautifully formed.”

Wait. Can we just be a Jane?

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