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Trial begins in tussle over giant emerald

Sep 25, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
At least half a dozen claimants compete for ownership rights to the 840-pound Bahia Emerald, including a San Jose man who says he paid a pair of Brazilians $60,000 for it nine years ago — though his proof was lost in a fire.

The 840-pound emerald became his, Anthony Thomas says, when he forked over $60,000 to a pair of Brazilian miners back in 2001.