Jane Austen’s jewellery does not represent British culture

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I ‘m going to hold my hand up and say I’ve never really wondered whether Jane Austen had any jewellery left.

I was always more interested in why Mansfield Park was so tedious, why Emma was so funny, and whether she actually had Colin Firth in mind when she wrote Mark Darcy.

But it appears other people do care about her jewellery and, more specifically, her ring.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has blocked US pop star Kelly Clarkson from taking the ring, which she bought at auction for £154,000, out of the country while he tries to find British counter-bids.

I understand the need to keep our cultural history in the country, but does this ring really do that?

Also...anyone heard of the Elgin Marbles?