Vaneisha Robinson bought a box of miscellaneous junk for $5 at a yard sale in Akron, OH 4 years ago and little did she know what treasure it held. Amongst the mix of stuffed animals and other trinkets was a pendant in the shape of LeBron James' number 23 jersey
. "I used to go to high school
with it around my neck, not knowing the value of it," she told an interviewer, "I just thought it was cool cuz it spins." Although she originally thought it was costume jewelry
recently she became suspicious the gems might be real, based on how they were set, and after taking it to an expert for examination it turns out they were. The International Gemological Institute gave her a certified appraisal listing the pendant's value at $9,670
The jersey-shaped pendant is stamped "King 23" on the front and "James 23" on the back and is made of 14k gold covered in 307 round brilliant diamonds
totaling 2.15 carats. Robinson sold the pendant recently on eBay
and plans to use the money
to open her own gym.