$400 Million Emerald Mystery
It has a complicated and unfathomable history – will the authorities ever find an owner for the Bahia Emerald — or will it prove just too powerful to shift?
Find out in $400 Million Emerald Mystery and explore the gemstone’s colourful history and analyse the different claims over it.
The unearthing of what may be the world’s largest emerald in Brazil is a truly remarkable story, but the staggering eight-way battle for its ownership is almost too astonishing to believe.
Found in a Bahia mine in 2001, the remarkable stone, valued at $400 million, has since endured a bizarre odyssey, from an abandoned petrol station in San Jose to a submerged vault in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.
With the gemstone trade a world of mystery and intrigue, the 840lb (381Kg) specimen has already changed hands in a Sao Paulo car park, been used as collateral in a diamond deal and even shown up on eBay!