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Brazil's claim adds yet another facet to the case of the Bahia Emerald
Brazil's claim adds yet another facet to the case of the Bahia Emerald

The bizarre, tortuous journey of the Bahia Emerald began in the depths of a Brazilian mine and eventually landed it in a Los Angeles County sheriff's evidence locker, where it remains today. Since 2009, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth of a gem has been the subject of a contentious court battle among a colorful crowd of gem traders, miners and a real estate tycoon all vying for the prized jewel — once valued at $372 million. And just as the court saga appeared to be nearing a conclusion in recent months, a new party stepped up to stake its own claim to the stone. The country that birthed it: Brazil. "We're trying to get back what belongs to us," said...

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