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A climber can keep $ 84,000 worth of jewelry he finds on Mont Blanc

(CNN) – A climber who found a gemstone treasure on Mont Blanc received half of the 150,000 euros ($ 168,700) to be kept after authorities could not find the original owner.
The climber found the emeralds and sapphires on the mountain in France in 2013, and he has now been allowed to keep half of the stones, according to a Facebook post from the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc city council on Friday.

Gemstone experts divided the transport evenly between the climber and the local council, with each lot valued at 75,000 euros ($ 84,350), a council spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.

The precious stones were shared equally between the town hall and the climber who had found them on Mont Blanc.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Town Hall

The council will exhibit its stones at the Chamonix Crystal Museum, which is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen on December 19, according to the Facebook post.

The council said the gems were being transported aboard an Air India Boeing 707, the “Kanchenjunga”, which crashed into Mont Blanc in 1966, killing 117 people.

The crash is the subject of conspiracy theories suggesting that the flight, which carried India’s father of nuclear industry Homi Bhabha, was shot down by a fighter jet or missile.

A climber can keep $ 84,000 worth of jewelry he finds on Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe.

Olivier Chassignole / AFP / Getty Images

Another Air India plane, the “Malabar Princess”, crashed in the same area in 1950, killing all 48 people on board.

Debris from the wrecks regularly emerges from the bottom of the glacier, including metal, wire and even a piece of undercarriage discovered in 1986, according to a Mont Blanc tourist site.

In July 2020, a cache of preserved newspapers from 1966 emerged from the melting glaciers in France.

One of the papers was the January 20 edition of India’s National Herald, announcing the election of Indira Gandhi as the country’s first female prime minister.


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