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Federal judge halts release of massive Brazilian emerald

Federal judge halts release of massive Brazilian emerald

The more than six-year legal battle over the Bahia Emerald seemed to have reached a conclusion last month, when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge finally determined the owners of the prized gem. The 180,000-carat, 751.77-pound behemoth of a gem, which has been held at a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department lockup for six years, was to be released as early as this week to the winners of the contentious legal saga. ------------ For the record 8:05 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said the Bahia Emerald weighs 840 pounds. Although earlier media reports have put the stone at 840 pounds, a judge's ruling last month said it weighs 751.77 pounds. ------------...

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