The Bahia Emerald was the largest uncut gem of its kind in the world when it was mined in remote northeastern Brazil in 2001. Since then, it's been on a wild trip around the world frought with cons, dupes, and lies. From the jungle to Sao Paolo, then on to Southern California and New Orleans, where it sat trapped six floors underground in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now, it's in the middle of a court battle in Los Angeles. After passing through more hands than can be accurately counted, the gem's ownership is being conested by the two parties that remain after fourteen years of legal and extralegal battles.
We talked to Steve Haney, a lawyer on the case, about the twists and turns of a story that's almost too bizarre to be true.
So now here's the question: who really owns this thing?
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