Here’s Hoping Jane Austen’s $40K Turquoise Ring Has Magical Powers
11:01 am, July 6th | by Laura Donovan
We all know British novelist Jane Austen led a quieter life than many of the characters in her books, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have nice things. Austen’s turquoise ring, which is said to have been a gift from close man friend and possible lover Tom Lefroy, is now up for auction at the guide price of £20,000 to £30,000 (around $40,000 in US dollars). Not bad given it was worn on the fingers that put together Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and more classics!
The Austen family brought the piece of jewelry to Sotheby’s for auction, including an old note from Jane’s sister-in-law, Eleanor Austen to Jane’s niece, Caroline:
“My dear Caroline. The enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon as she knew that I was engaged to your uncle. I bequeath it to you. God bless you!”
Good old Aunt Jane. The price is pretty high, but hopefully it indicates the ring has mystical powers and brings writing talent. In that case, it may be worth draining your life savings on!