Earlier this year, Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet was slated to be sold by an unknown private owner to an anonymous foreign buyer. When the sale came to light and made the news, the British government decided to try to attempt to prevent the sale of this historic piece of royal jewelry from leaving the country. Matt Hancock, the minister of culture, imposed a temporary ban on the sale by deferring the approval of an export license for the piece.
This month, on 27 December, the ban on the foreign sale of Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet (designed by Prince Albert) is slated to end. I did read that several news outlets are reporting that the ban may be extended until June 2017 if it appears that financial arrangements are forthcoming.
I personally hope that this piece will stay in Britain - even if it is never worn by anyone in the royal family and is just displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
If I had an extra £5 million lying around...I am sure it would look lovely with my blue eyes.