Jane Austen is a British treasure...and, apparently, so is her jewelry.

Kelly Clarkson paid more than $230,000 at a 2012 auction for a ring that once belonged to the author of such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. But the British government is keeping Kelly from taking it home.

The UK Department of Culture is giving buyers in Britain until the end of September - and perhaps until the end of the year - to match the price Kelly paid in order to make sure the ring doesn't leave the country. Culture Minister Ed Valzey declared in a statement: "Jane Austen's modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a UK buyer comes forward." 

Meanwhile, the singer is said to be wearing a replica of the ring ordered up by her fiance.

Here's a link to the story - and a photo of the ring.