For over a year now, I have developed this secret love affair for colored gemstones. Diamonds are always pretty but colored gems can not only match with the color of your outfit or highlight the ocean in your eyes, but they also give the wearer a distinct personality. The turquoise gemstone is my personal favorite because of its opacity. Quite on the right timing, Jane Austen’s turquoise ring was sold at an auction today for a massive £152, 450. The bidding was won by the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.
What a beauty!
Sold together with the ring was a handwritten note by Jane Austen’s sister-in-law, Eleanor. The note, dated 1863, reads:
“My dear Caroline,” Eleanor wrote. “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!”