James pendant pays off for Ohio woman

Updated: July 14, 2010, 11:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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AP Photo/HO/International Gemological InstituteWhen Vaneisha Robinson bought the pendant at a yard sale, she thought it was costume jewelry. But, after having it appraised, the pendant she paid $5 for is worth nearly $10,000.

AKRON, Ohio -- An Ohio woman who paid $5 at a yard sale for a LeBron James pendant she thought was costume jewelry has found out it's worth nearly $10,000.

Twenty-year-old Vaneisha Robinson says she used to wear the basketball jersey-shaped pendant to high school when she didn't know its value. Then she had it appraised.

The International Gemological Institute says Robinson's find is the real deal. Gemologist Jerry Ehrenwald says the 14-karat white gold pendant sports more than 2 carats of diamonds.

The No. 23 jersey reads "King" on the front and "James" on the back.

Robinson is an amateur boxer in James' hometown of Akron, Ohio. She has listed the jewelry on eBay. She says the King's brand will never die even though he's left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.


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